As security systems, thermostats, air conditioners, and other home gadgets become more connected, the next generation of residents are looking for ways to add value and convenience to their homes by creating a personalised, technology-enabled environment. Samsung SmartThings and CommScope RUCKUS have decided to collaborate to meet the demand for such an ecosystem, allowing landlords and building owners to provide superior experiences to renters and inhabitants.
The RUCKUS portfolio of converged Wi-Fi 6 and IoT access points will gain Works as a SmartThings Hub (WASH) functionality as a result of this partnership, allowing property owners to transform their apartment buildings into smart homes and residents to connect to thousands of devices from hundreds of different brands. The integration will provide future compatibility with the Matter protocol, allowing consumers’ smart home products to interact reliably together, resulting in full interoperability. The SmartThings app will be included in the RUCKUS IoT suite, providing builders and property managers with a single, future-proof solution.
“In recent years, there has been a shift in how and where people are living. Residents are increasingly looking for buildings that are equipped with connected technology for easier and more enjoyable living,” said Chanwoo Park, Executive Vice President and Head of IoT Business group at Samsung Electronics. “This partnership allows us to give residents the peace of mind and convenience they are looking for, while helping builders and property managers eliminate high costs and compete in today’s real estate market”, added Park.
According to over 75% of consumers recently polled by SmartThings, smart home capabilities are a crucial feature when looking for a place to live. As a result, property developers and managers are recognizing the value of establishing connected living experiences. Residents can obtain the connected living experience they have incorporated into their life thanks to CommScope’s RUCKUS portfolio of converged Wi-Fi 6 and IoT solutions.
“In 2022, we expect to see tenants making lifestyle choices that give them more freedom and flexibility. Property developers are responding by deploying technology that provides convenience and value,” said Bart Giordano, Senior Vice President and General Manager of RUCKUS, CommScope. “By connecting home devices onto one network, real estate developers are tapping into IoT technology that optimises maintenance, energy efficiency and an enhanced home experience. The Samsung SmartThings and CommScope RUCKUS collaboration marks a new milestone in propelling the real estate market into the future.”
Developing Interconnected Living and Working Environments
Picerne Real Estate Group, a construction and development firm, collaborated with SmartThings and CommScope RUCKUS to create connected experiences by embedding integrated technology right into one of their new apartment complexes. Residents can operate their Samsung smart appliances, adjust their heating and air conditioning, and turn on their smart lighting all from the SmartThings app in these apartments, giving them a genuinely connected experience.
Property managers and maintenance personnel, in addition to residents, have benefited from the technology. Property managers can save up to 20% on their electrical turnover by using the SmartThings app to centrally control thermostats on vacant flats. They can also be used to automate repetitive chores. Each unit, for example, has a smart lock that the property manager can activate via the SmartThings app, allowing maintenance workers to complete maintenance tickets swiftly and efficiently. As a result, efficiency has grown and resident satisfaction has increased.
“Since 1925, we have been at the forefront of building development and management. We have committed to maintaining properties, raising occupancies, lowering costs, and boosting bottom-line cash flow,” said Frank LoTurco, VP of Property Management at Picerne Real Estate Group. “We’re pleased to unveil this apartment building of the future with SmartThings and CommScope RUCKUS.”
Millions of people across the world trust Samsung with their revolutionary appliances, TVs, and other home electronics. SmartThings continues to expand its ecosystem of compatible IoT devices, opening up a world of endless possibilities.