Earlier this year, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. called on the industry to develop an open and collaborative environment across industries to develop products around the Internet of Things (IoT) to help transform society, the economy and how we live our lives. This week Samsung started to deliver on open collaboration with two partnerships with SmartThings and Temboo, and the introduction of a new IoT open platform, ARTIK. Samsung also is working with several startup companies to develop technologies based on open platforms.
At IoT World 2015 this week, Samsung’s president and chief strategy officer Young Sohn called on the industry to use IoT to address major world challenges, and the need for open platforms and industry collaboration to accelerate the development and deployment of new IoT applications and services.
“As an industry we must join together to use the power of IoT to address challenges posed by issues such as aging population demographics, water shortages, increasing traffic congestion, pollution and major health issues,” stated Sohn. “We need to create powerful open platforms that will harness the information generated by IoT to develop new insights and new approaches to meet the challenges we face as a society.”
As part of Samsung’s mission to create greater collaboration, the company unveiled ARTIK, it’s production-ready module, open IoT platform that includes hardware, software, development boards, drivers, tools, advanced security features and cloud connectivity. The platform can be used to develop a variety of devices including wearables, home automation, smart lighting and industrial applications.
The ARTIK family, developed through work led by Samsung’s Strategy and Innovation Center (SSIC), incorporates unique embedded hardware security technology, on-board memory and advanced processing power in an open platform as well as the capability to connect to the Internet for cloud-based data analytics and enhanced services. The modules can be customized for faster deployment of IoT devices and services.
The ARTIK family consists of the following modules:
- ARTIK 1, the smallest IoT module (12 mm x 12 mm) currently available in the market combines Bluetooth/BLE connectivity and a nine-axis sensor with “best-in-class” compute capabilities and power consumption. It is specifically designed for low-power, small form-factor IoT applications.
- ARTIK 5 delivers a balance of size, power and price-performance and is suited for home hubs, drones and high-end wearables. It incorporates a 1-GHz dual-core processor and on-board DRAM and flash memory.
- ARTIK 10 delivers advanced capabilities and high-performance with an eight-core processor, full 1080p video decoding/encoding, 5.1 audio and 2-GB DRAM along with 16-GB flash memory. It includes Wi-Fi, Bluetooth/BLE and ZigBee connectivity and is designed for use with home servers, media applications, and in industrial environments.
At the same time, Alex Hawkinson, SmartThings CEO and founder, joined Samsung to announce its new open software and data exchange cloud, SmartThings Open Cloud, powered by SAMI, a data driven development platform with simple open APIs and SDKs, developed by Samsung. Future Samsung digital appliances and consumer electronics products will incorporate the Samsung ARTIK platform and leverage SmartThings Open Cloud.
In addition, any device connected to the Internet can use SmartThings Open Cloud. Harvesting data from these devices is really what the IoT is all about. The new Open Cloud, said the company, will allow “any device connected to the Internet to communicate with any other connected device, generating new information, new correlations and entirely new insights,” eliminating the need for IoT device makers to build and maintain a cloud infrastructure to connect the devices, said SmartThings.
Open Cloud already has more than 100 devices and services connected. SmartThings users will be able to benefit from access to a wider range of devices, new capabilities and user experiences, added the company.
One of the most recent IoT research reports from Mind Commerce forecasts that the global market for connected consumer devices, alone, will reach $88 billion with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14.4 percent by 2020. Many industry research firms, including ABI, Gartner, IDC and IHS, expect 20 to 30 billion connected devices by 2020.
“The Internet of Things ecosystem today is growing steadily, but there are still many barriers that are inhibiting more rapid progress,” stated Hawkinson. “For example, device makers today have to build cloud infrastructure that makes bringing connected devices to market a very time intensive and expensive endeavor. SmartThings Open Cloud and ARTIK can now greatly accelerate this process. Together with Samsung, we’re excited to deliver these two key technologies to continue driving innovation, openness, and growth at every level of the IoT from components and devices to applications and services.”
Samsung also teamed with Temboo, incorporating its technology stack to support the ARTIK platform. The ARTIK development boards will ship with pre-loaded Temboo software. Temboo provides IoT developers with a complete platform optimized for microcontrollers, SoCs, gateways, mobile apps, and other applications. “Devices can connect to the Temboo platform to execute any of over 2,000 processes for more than 100 APIs, databases, and code utilities in its one-of-a-kind Choreo Library, and also build their own processes to connect to any other web-based resource,” said the company.
To demonstrate the IoT’s potential to meet societal challenges, Sohn announced at IoT World the Samsung ARTIK Challenge. The top prize is $100,000 “for the most effective use of IoT and ARTIK technology for reducing water consumption by individuals or municipalities.”
Samsung expects to invest more than $100 million in 2015 to support its developer community, which is key to building IoT products and services. The company’s roadmap calls for all Samsung televisions to be IoT devices by 2017, and in five years all Samsung hardware will be IoT-ready.