Samsung partners with RACV to launch SmartThings starter kit

Samsung Australia has partnered with RACV to make the Samsung SmartThings platform available to customers for the first time and deliver a solution to integrate into the lives of Australians.

The partnership is designed to give customers easier access to Samsung’s home technologies through the RACV.

Victorians will be among the first in Australia to experience SmartThings with the Smart Home Starter Kit – available exclusively from RACV.

The kit includes a SmartThings Wi-Fi Hub and some sensors to detect motion, orientation and door and windows sensors.

As part of the service, RACV will offer an assisted installation service with a SmartThings specialist to ensure the customer makes the most of the system.

The SmartThings Hub connects to smart third party devices like cameras, lights, locks and speakers.

“Today’s announcement is an incredibly important stage in Samsung’s journey with partners like RACV to support the lifestyles of Australians with smart technologies that can be installed around the home,” said Eric Chou, Head of Category Management at Samsung Electronics Australia – IT and Mobile.

“SmartThings is a simple and easy to use system that will give Australians confidence and peace of mind by allowing them to manage a range of home sensors and connected product through the SmartThings app on their compatible smartphone.

“Smart technology should empower people and provide them with the tools to help manage their everyday life in the best way possible. SmartThings is one way that we are seeking to provide a seamless and easy smart home experience that supports their unique lifestyle.”

The goal is to create a more seamless connected future in consumer’s homes by linking a range of devices together.

And once they are connected, all of these products can be managed through the SmartThings app to streamline everyday tasks.

“We are delighted to partner with Samsung to launch the SmartThings Starter Kit, as it gives us the opportunity to provide our members with a unique platform to help make their homes more efficient and their lives easier,” says Nicole Brasz, Home Executive General Manager at RACV.

“Considering smart technology in Australia is growing substantially each year, RACV is committed to meeting the changing needs of our members in their homes.

“Australians are predicted to have over 30 connected devices per household in the next couple years. Gaining greater control on the way our homes are run is a crucial step in maximising potential efficiencies.

“The Smart Home Starter Kit is a fantastic first step for Australians to start to connect and automate their homes. Each kit comes with an installation and basic training service by a SmartThings specialist to help customers get the most out of their new platform and existing smart devices.”

Samsung’s Eric Chou with RACV’s Nicole Brasz

The RACV Smart Home Starter Kit is only available to Victoria residents via installation at this time. It is priced at $378 which includes the kit and professional installation.

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