SmartThings Adds SkyBell HD to Platform

ST-Blog

The promise of the smart home is to give customers the ability to seamlessly combine complementary products so that they deliver greater value than any one product or platform on its own.

Today, we’re taking another big step in realizing the potential of the smart home by becoming the first video doorbell to work with SmartThings. SkyBell HD provides an impressive SmartThings user base with the missing piece of their smart home: the front door.

We are excited to partner with Samsung SmartThings, a smart home platform that provides an easy way to make everything in your smart home work together. Many early adopters have been requesting this integration – hoping to add the convenience and security of SkyBell HD to their SmartThings-powered smart home.

Now you can!

The SkyBell HD will be available to all SmartThings users by July 20 at 3pm PDT.

Details

SmartThings and SkyBell HD users can create rules between the SkyBell HD video doorbell and other smart-home products that work with SmartThings.

Thanks to SkyBell HD’s “always on” Wi-Fi and bi-directional APIs, SmartThings users can benefit from Triggers and Actions.

For triggers, users can generate rules for when a visitor presses the button or triggers the motion sensor. For actions, users can automate commands that tell the SkyBell HD to record live video or snap photos.

The following SkyBell HD APIs will be available to SmartThings users:

Triggers

  1. Button press
  2. Motion sensor event

Actions

  1. Take photo
  2. Record live video for 60 seconds
  3. Turn indoor chime on/off
  4. Turn outdoor chime on/off

Meaningful User Experiences

By joining their SkyBell HD to their SmartThings account, users will be able to create chains of events that increase security and control at their front door.  For example, you can have SkyBell HD snap a photo when your smart lock is unlocked. Or, you can automatically turn on your lights when someone is at your doorstep and triggers SkyBell HD’s motion sensor.  For anyone with an infant, you can turn off the indoor chime at nap time so a visitor doesn’t wake up your baby.

How to Set It Up

  1. Set up your SkyBell HD device with the SkyBell HD app.
  2. From within your SmartThings app, go to Marketplace, and select the Things tab.
  3. Under the Safety & Security category, select Cameras, SkyBell, SkyBell HD, and then Connect Now.
  4. Authorize SmartThings to access to your SkyBell devices by entering your SkyBell HD account credentials and follow the prompts.
  5. Select which SkyBell HD devices you’d like available in SmartThings.
  6. Your SkyBell HD devices will show up under My Home – Things.  They will also be available to select in Routines.

SkyBell Connect API Program

This integration is made possible with the SkyBell Connect API program. Our patented technology allows us to keep SkyBell’s Wi-Fi on all the time. This means users, platforms and partner products can send commands to SkyBell HD at any time. The ability for users, or partner products, to start SkyBell HD’s live video stream at any time is enabled by this “always-on” technology.

Works with SkyBell HD

This integration only works with the latest version of the SkyBell video doorbell: the SkyBell HD.

 

SkyBell Customer Service

Phone: 844-256-1826

General email: support@skybell.com

Hours:
–  Mon-Fri 8:30am to 5pm (PST)
–  Sat-Sun 8am to 2pm (PST)

 

 

Andrew Thomas

Andrew Thomas (@apthomas) is a co-founder of SkyBell – a smart home security company that is making homes and neighborhoods safer – starting with the front door. The SkyBell Video Doorbell allows homeowners to see, hear and speak to the visitor at their door from a smartphone. Learn more: www.skybell.com

SkyBell has raised millions in funding, was named as a 2014 CES Innovations Award Nominee and is sold via Amazon, Best Buy and Home Depot. Andrew is responsible for SkyBell’s strategy, partnerships and business development – leading SkyBell’s integration plans with Honeywell, Nest, Alarm.com, Amazon Echo, Apple, Comcast and IFTTT.

Before SkyBell, Andrew directed web and mobile development projects for clients after beginning his career as a member of Google’s search engine team and later providing SEO services. A sense of adventure led him to Shanghai, China where he managed web development projects for a large Chinese video game company. Andrew graduated from USC with a BBA in Finance.

Andrew shares his experience and expertise by writing and speaking. His articles have appeared on Forbes, Inc.com, Entrepreneur.com and Huffington Post – covering topics including startups, the Internet of Things, crowdfunding and personal growth. Andrew has been interviewed on national TV, print and industry podcasts. He is regarded as a top IoT expert and one of the rising stars in the smart home space.