The HCA and Samsung press releases both noted that this Cloud-to-Cloud (or C2C for short) interoperability will not strictly be for new products. The HCA release in particular stresses “legacy device integration” that’s possible because “the C2C connectivity does not require a new hub or updates to appliances.” calling it “particularly beneficial” for those legacy devices.
“It is great to see HCA bring its first example of interoperability to market with global leaders in the appliance, HVAC, and TV industries,” added Samsung’s Chanwoo Park, Executive Vice President and Head of the Service Biz Group, Digital Appliances Business, in his company’s press release. “It is a testament to the commitment of large device manufacturers to better serve our consumers in their homes. By enabling consumers to control multiple brands of appliances and HVAC products through apps such as SmartThings, we expect the smart home market to achieve new levels of scale. Global leaders will be able to fuel enhanced digital services that provide consumers with new benefits, and Samsung is steadfast in its commitment to HCA and its vision.”