IFA 2017 | Samsung believes they "will lead the hyper-connected world" with IoT
When most people think of Samsung Electronics, products such as galaxy smartphones and smart TVs come to mind first. However, the massive South Korean company and their subsidiaries make an entire range of other consumer goods such as washing machines, fridges, and support services along the lines of IoT platforms and AI.
At an IFA press interview on the weekend, Samsung stated their intentions to connect all of their products by 2020 using the Samsung Connect cloud platform and associated Android application. Control options would be integrated with Bixby to allow the smart assistant to control their various Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices. An internal committee has been setup to allow each department to take part in the ongoing connection process, which will hopefully bring more sensible connection features. “All Samsung Electronics products will be connected and form an IoT (Internet of Things) ecosystem with external partners. We will lead the hyper connectivity of the future,” said BK Yoon, CEO of the Consumer Electronics division at Samsung Electronics
This collaboration with external partners is also an essential part of building a functioning IoT ecosystem since many consumers will have a plethora of different devices as they pick what they think is the best in each category. As a member of the Open Connectivity Foundation (for IoT standardization), Samsung will work with Google Home, Amazon Alexa, and other services to enhance connectivity with their own 'SmartThings' platform.
Samsung plans to reveal their IoT cloud source code at the Samsung Developers Conference on October 18 – 19 in San Fransisco, with the hopes that others will use that code to expand on their ecosystem.