Leviton announced a strategic partnership with Samsung SmartThings, offering an automation solution through distribution partners and the professional dealer marketplace.
The pre-packaged bundle, part number STKIT-000, includes a Samsung SmartThings Hub, a Leviton VRMX1 Z-Wave Dimmer, and a Leviton VRS15 Z-Wave Switch at a reduced price. Additionally, stocking orders of common Leviton Z-Wave attachment devices, including plug-in modules, will be offered at a special price to distributors and builders.
SmartThings offers an open ecosystem of devices and services. Comprehensive integrations, thanks to Z-Wave and ZigBee chipsets, allow a wide variety of smart devices to be automated and connected devices including light switches to be voice controlled with Google Home and with Amazon Alexa-enabled products like Echo, Tap and Dot. It also provides easy integration with wireless Leviton lighting controls, fan controls, 15A switches, plug-in load controls, heavy-duty loads controls for compressors as well as generators, sensors and thermostats. The mesh networking technologies allow for installations in larger homes with dozens of integrated attachment devices for whole house automation.
SmartThings and Leviton have previously partnered for sales promotions, support initiatives and co-marketing efforts. The partnership is now enhanced with a bundled product solution. Additional ongoing enhancements will include advanced certification of new products and features, additional support articles embedded into the SmartThings app, installation and setup videos for professionals on Leviton support websites, and in-person training at distributor locations.
“For many Leviton professional customers, the SmartThings relationship represents an approachable automation solution that they can easily understand and quickly implement. They’ve been installing Leviton Z-Wave devices, often stand-alone or with professional grade control systems, for years,” said Richard Westfall, vice president and general manager of Leviton energy management, controls & automation. “For the more advanced custom integrators, this is a value offering for customers that desire a low-cost, simple-to-use system complete with popular integrations including Amazon Alexa and Google Home voice control, locks, cameras, thermostats, doorbell systems, sensors and more with the Works with SmartThings program.”
The bundled kits as well as wireless accessory devices are available via distribution.