CES: Samsung Delivers Vision for Open and Intelligent IoT Experiences
At CES 2018 in Las Vegas, Samsung outlined its vision and strategy for IoT experiences. South Korean company demonstrated its ability to make seamlessly connected consumer experiences across devices at home, at the office and on-the-go. Samsung has been working to make all of their products IoT ready by 2020. In addition, the company announced its plan to advance IoT adoption via an open, consistent and intelligent platform.
“At Samsung, we believe IoT should be as easy as flipping a switch. With the new products and services announced today, we’re making IoT easier and more seamless,” said Hyunsuk (HS) Kim, President, Head of Samsung’s Consumer Electronics Division and Samsung Research. “We’re committed to accelerating IoT adoption for everyone and making all Samsung connected devices intelligent by 2020. These advancements will help consumers realize the benefits of a seamless and simple connected life.”
Samsung’s IoT philosophy is built on open innovation making it accessible to more people and when infused with intelligence, can personalize their experience. Today’s fragmented and complex IoT ecosystem is a barrier to adoption. For IoT to be approachable and accessible it requires scale and open innovation. Thanks to a robust portfolio of products including TVs, appliances and smartphones, and Samsung’s leadership to deliver 5G connectivity, Samsung is well-positioned to deliver an open IoT ecosystem via SmartThings.
Samsung is working with partners such as the Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) to set common industry standards. OCF is the largest IoT standardization body in the world and Samsung’s ARTIK chip, air conditioner and Family Hub refrigerator have already been certified by the association for interoperability criteria needed for IoT. This spring they will unite IoT applications into the SmartThings app to connect and control any SmartThings-enabled device directly from their phone, TV, or car from a single application.
In 2017, Samsung spent more than $14 billion on R&D. The company also increased investments through Samsung NEXT, a key initiative to accelerate its transformation into an integrated hardware and software company. They have also created a new AI Center as part of newly consolidated Research unit. The AI Center, which includes four labs in Toronto, Montreal, Cambridge (UK) and Russia in 2018, will be coupled with Samsung’s ongoing work in Korea and Silicon Valley and the company’s M&A activities to drive its AI ambitions forward.