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Samsung lays out future path at CES in Las Vegas

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

At the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Samsung Electronics outlined its vision and strategy for intelligent Internet of Things (IoT) experiences.

According to a media release yesterday, at Samsung's Monday media conference, the technology giant demonstrated its ability to make "seamlessly connected consumer experiences" across Samsung devices at home, at the office and on-the-go.

The company said it was working towards making all Samsung products IoT ready by 2020.

“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.

Samsung's release said 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 said it was 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.

“In spring 2018, Samsung will unite its IoT applications, including Samsung Connect, Smart Home, Smart View and more into the SmartThings app to connect and control any SmartThings-enabled device directly from their phone, TV, or car from a single application.”

According to the release, Samsung spent more than US$14 billion on R&D in 2017 as part of its committment to investing in breakthrough technologies.

“Samsung also created a new AI Center as part of its newly consolidated Samsung 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.”

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