For all of us at Samsung, the Internet of Things (IoT) is much more than a slick buzz phrase. It is a vision for the future. Last month at the Global ICT Summit in Tokyo, Samsung Electronics President and General Manager of Networks Business Youngky Kim gave a speech about Samsung’s vision for IoT. Kim stated: “We believe that 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.”
In fact, it is expected that the number of connected things will reach several billions by the year 2020.
As Kim went on to say: “Our 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. We have to encourage investment in startups and developers with innovative ideas.”
Here at the ARTIK team, we couldn’t agree more. And that is why we work closely with our colleagues throughout Samsung to deliver a comprehensive range of IoT tools and technologies that developers and makers can use to build this connected future.
We know you are already familiar with our range of ARTIK boards for IoT, but do you know about the other open-source tools that Samsung offers developers? They are Samsung SAMIIO (aka SAMI) and Simband, which together with ARTIK provide the underpinnings of a comprehensive IoT ecosystem.
SAMI is an agnostic data exchange platform enabling sensors, apps and services to communicate using a standard set of APIs. SAMI is an open system that works for all types of vertical markets, from digital health and wearables to smart homes and smart cars.
Simband is our concept of a digital health device. It consists of a wearable device running Tizen and a wristband connector that holds a custom sensor module to provide data like heart rate, calories burned and electrocardiograms. Simband uses SAMI to store data in the cloud for processing.
And to see an example of how all of this can come together, check out SmartThings OpenCloud, a software and data aggregation service powered by SAMI. Developed alongside SmartThings (an ARTIK partner), OpenCloud enables applications like lighting, locks and appliances (such as washers, air conditioners and vacuums) to talk to each other and receive input using a remote or mobile app – thus bringing the fragmented Internet of Things onto a unified platform.
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