Samsung ARTIK – New Open and Secure Embedded Platform for Wearables, Homes and Industrial Internet of Things (IoT)

logo-300The IoT World 2015 opened in San Francisco today with an ‘Open’ message. Samsung which has demonstrated huge success by adopting open systems such as Android extended the same philosophy today by announcing the Samsung ARTIK platform to allow faster, simpler development of new enterprise, industrial and consumer applications for the Internet of Things (IoT). ARTIK is an open platform that includes a family of integrated production-ready modules, advanced software, development boards, drivers, tools, security features and cloud connectivity designed to help accelerate development of a new generation of better, smarter IoT devices, solutions and services.

2014_Young_SohnIn his keynote, the President and Chief Strategy Officer of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Young Sohn talked about the importance of open platforms and industry collaboration to accelerate development of new IoT applications and services. This was consistent with Samsung CEO BK Yoon’s articulation on ‘open’ IoT in Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in early 2015.

 “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,” said 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.”

Samsung hopes to leverage its high-volume manufacturing, advanced silicon process and packaging technologies, and extensive ecosystem with ARTIK to help developers work on new IoT applications.

artikThe Samsung ARTIK family incorporates unique embedded hardware security technology, on-board memory and advanced processing power in an open platform. Security is also a key element of the advanced software integrated into the platform, along with the ability to connect to the Internet for cloud-based data analytics and enhanced services. As an open platform, Samsung ARTIK can be easily customized for more rapid deployment of IoT devices and the services that can be delivered using them.

The Samsung ARTIK platform comes in a variety of configurations to meet the specific requirements of a wide range of devices from wearables and home automation, to smart lighting and industrial applications. The smallest low power module ARTIK 1 is suitable for small form-factor IoT applications and features Bluetooth connectivitiy. The ARTIK 5 and ARTIK 10 are geared towards mid and high end IoT applications such as home home hubs, drones and high-end wearables, home servers and industrial computers. These platforms feature higher processing performance, larger memory and more connectivity options.

Samsung has designed ARTIK with both hardware and software capabilities that developer need. The secure platform comes with an extensive IoT software stack and tools needed to accelerate product development. Samsung also owns SmartThings that has a software suite for IoT. Developers can go directly to application framework development, instead of spending time building low-level software libraries. ARTIK sounds promising however the chip war continues in IoT with every major vendor fighting for a leading spot.

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