In the IoT era, all things will get smarter and all things will be connected and automated, with a focus on making things more convenient for human beings. Samsung have shared four keywords: human-centric, openness, connectivity and security based on a speech of Youngky Kim, President and General Manager of Networks Business of Samsung Electronics. These keywords sum up their approach to IoT era.
A human-centric IoT means families in which both parents work enjoying more free time together while a robot vacuum does the housework. These are technologies that are based on necessity. IoT is something that can enrich users’ lives.
Samsung’s vision for IoT is that it will connect nearly all “things” on earth. Devices from all different platforms should be connected. Rather than adapting to a certain organization or company’s standard, expansion of the ecosystem in the industry has to be promoted. In order to achieve the vision to provide a variety of services that are valuable to users’ lives, it will require active cooperation across sectors.
IoT Focuses Connectivity
The number of connected devices will continue to grow. The market forecasts the number of connected things will reach several billions by 2020. This will also result in a change in network traffic patterns. While smartphone traffic use is governed by the number of users, which is manageable, IoT traffic is the result of various devices sending and receiving back and forth.
The IoT era will also cause drastic changes in cellular technology. The current 4G system is optimized for smartphone connectivity; however 5G will reflect the demands of the IoT era and the dynamic traffic patterns that go along with it. The expectation of the IoT era, all things will be connected at all times, whether fixed or mobile through seamless connection via Wi-Fi, NFC and ZigBee indoors and cellular networks outdoors. In the IoT era mobile network itself and mobile service providers will play an even more crucial role.
Openness and Integration
Samsung is making effort to contribute to a human-centric IoT service and to expand the open ecosystem at home and abroad. SmartThings is an IoT-Open Cloud Platform that enables users to have the control over home appliances. In the spirit of openness, Samsung will continue to develop SmartThings as a platform by connecting their products and the products of other companies.
Samsung has developed a set of tools that are now available for developers. SIMBAND is a modular sensor platform that can be inserted into wearable devices, which will allow users to measure heart rate, perform electrocardiograms and record calories burned. SAMI is an open cloud server platform that stores and secures the data provided by users. Last but not least, ARTIK is a comprehensive IoT Developer Platform encompassing a Hardware Development Kit as well as Software Development Kit, consisting of an Application Processor (AP), memory chip, communication chip and sensors as one system. With these open platforms, Samsung is making a contribution to the vitalization of IoT.
Besides Samsung, a number of companies and standard organizations have presented their own platforms. While cooperating with companies in the electronics industry, Samsung also have entered into partnerships with BMW, Volkswagen, Nike and others. Also, there are dozens of IoT services that have been created to increase public safety, designed with the common good in mind. These are available for local governments to use.
In the IoT era, the importance of security cannot be overemphasized. Samsung faces critical challenges in protecting the personal information. They will have to establish technical solutions while also reinforcing policies that will ensure security and privacy.