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The latest generation of Samsung's SmartThings hub and sensors

Samsung unveils latest smart home offerings

The latest line of Samsung's smart home technology has been revealed at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin.

Five new wireless sensors designed to fit onto doors, windows and other areas of the home where they can detect movement, location and even moisture will come to the UK later this month, according to the South Korean technology giant.

The update to the firm's SmartThings range also includes a new Hub that communicates with sensors and connected devices and connects to a Wi-Fi router to enable users to control the system remotely. It also enables video streaming, has battery backup that lasts up to 10 hours and can continue to operate without an internet connection.

Samsung UK president Andy Griffiths has previously said that the smart home trend will become increasingly popular.

"There has been a huge change in the way the connected world is established, and so to take that forward 10 years it's interesting to note that the main trend we believe by then will be the connected home," he said.

A live demonstration of the system's Presence sensor showed how the device could track the location of users and their loved ones by using smartphones as location beacons - sending a notification to a parent's phone when a child arrives home from school for example.

The range also includes a moisture sensor that the firm says can detect leaks, as well as a device that fits onto plugs that can then control a power supply to it that can be programmed to do things like automatically boil a kettle when an alarm goes off in the morning.

The new system can also integrate third-party products, including Bose speakers and Philips Hue smart light bulbs, while a new app launching alongside the sensors lets users set up and control their system remotely as well as creating daily routines and timings for different devices around the home.

Samsung acquired SmartThings last year in a deal worth $200m (£130m) as it looked to cash in on the growing Internet of Things and connected home market, which is becoming more and more prominent at trade shows such as IFA.

Apple has created its HomeKit software that enables hardware manufacturers to include a code in their products that allows them to easily link to iPhones and iPads.

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