Internet of things Press Release

SmartThings Introduces Open Cloud to Expand and Accelerate Growth of the Open IoT Ecosystem

During the opening keynote address at the second annual Internet of Things World conference, SmartThings CEO and founder Alex Hawkinson joined Samsung Electronics President and Chief Strategy Officer Young Sohn on stage to announce a new open software and data exchange cloud for the “Internet of Things” (IoT) called SmartThings Open Cloud. 

Open Cloud is powered by SAMI, a Data Driven Development platform that Samsung announced last May with simple open APIs and SDKs to send and receive diverse data, regardless of the source. Because it's open, SmartThings devices and Samsung’s digital appliances and consumer electronics products will all be able to leverage Open Cloud. Device makers and developers can also connect devices and services directly, further expanding the SmartThings community and accelerating innovation for the IoT at large.

With SmartThings Open Cloud, device makers can bring new products to market more rapidly by focusing on building connected devices without having to build and maintain their own device cloud infrastructure. Open Cloud provides a secure device cloud that accomplishes this by delivering device authentication, connectivity, data sharing and normalization, and security. It also has the ability to aggregate a diverse, wide array of data from third party applications, services and devices that can be accessed for visualization and analysis, opening up new potential for discovery within the developer community. With over 100 devices and services already connected to Open Cloud, SmartThings users will also benefit from access to a wider range of devices as well as new capabilities and user experiences. Companies using Open Cloud for their devices will have the option of enabling automatic SmartThings integration to allow access by SmartThings users.

Alongside SmartThings Open Cloud, Samsung also unveiled today the ARTIK™ platform, a family of multi-chip modules for building products used in IoT environments. ARTIK-powered devices will be able to connect directly to Open Cloud using the SDK that will come packaged with all ARTIK modules. Additionally, SmartThings will be using ARTIK in future SmartThings devices, which will result in lower-cost devices with expanded capabilities.

“The Internet of Things ecosystem today is growing steadily, but there are still many barriers that are inhibiting more rapid progress,” said Alex Hawkinson. “For example, device makers today have to build cloud infrastructure that makes bringing connected devices to market a very time intensive and expensive endeavor. SmartThings Open Cloud and ARTIK can now greatly accelerate this process. Together with Samsung, we’re excited to deliver these two key technologies to continue driving innovation, openness, and growth at every level of the IoT from components and devices to applications and services.”

The ARTIK family of modules and SmartThings Open Cloud have been developed through collaboration between Samsung’s Strategy and Innovation Center (SSIC) and SmartThings. SmartThings Open Cloud is available for device makers and developers to start integrating today. For more information visit:

Samsung, SmartThings, and partner solutions will be shown at booth #140 during Internet of Things World at the Moscone Center West, May 12-13, 2015.

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About SmartThings
SmartThings is the easiest way to turn a home into a smart home, bringing users peace of mind, savings, and convenience. As an open platform with a thriving ecosystem, SmartThings also brings users freedom of choice in devices and limitless possibilities. SmartThings is headquartered in Palo Alto, CA and operates independently as a wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics. To purchase SmartThings, visit or

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. inspires the world and shapes the future with transformative ideas and technologies, redefining the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, cameras, digital appliances, printers, medical equipment, network systems, and semiconductor and LED solutions. We are also leading in the Internet of Things space through, among others, our Smart Home and Digital Health initiatives. We employ 307,000 people across 84 countries with annual sales of US $196 billion. To discover more, please visit our official website at and our official blog at

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