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Samsung launches platform to connect devices and applications

Steve Rogerson
May 4, 2016
 
Samsung has announced the Artik Cloud, an open data exchange platform designed to connect devices and applications. The platform provides open APIs and tools to collect, store and act securely on any data from any connected device or cloud service.
 
Using these APIs and tools, companies can bring IoT services to market, tap into revenue streams and grow their business. It is commercially available today with a tiered pricing model that developers can start using it for free.
 
The Artik Cloud, along with the previously announced Artik family of integrated IoT modules from the South Korean company, enables faster and simpler development of enterprise, industrial and consumer applications. The modules and cloud form an open platform including integrated production-ready modules, software, development boards, drivers, tools, security features and cloud.
 
“Our vision for the Artik platform is an end-to-end experience that reduces the obstacles, challenges, and time-to-market for IoT solutions,” said Young Sohn, chief strategy officer at Samsung Electronics. “We’re excited to announce the Artik Cloud after three years of development and feedback from hundreds of developers. Unlike many other IoT cloud platforms, Artik Cloud breaks down data siloes between devices and enables a new class of IoT applications and services. The launch of this exciting new platform not only signals Samsung’s foray into the cloud services market but reinforces our belief that, by creating powerful open platforms, we can harness the information generated by IoT to develop new insights and new approaches to address the major global challenges of today and tomorrow.”
 
Companies face numerous challenges when connecting different devices and cloud services together into unified experiences. These challenges include: collecting data from a diverse set of devices using a variety of protocols; enabling legacy, new and third-party devices and cloud services to interact with each other with minimal effort; storing data from siloed devices in a single location and deriving meaningful insights; managing data security and privacy; and providing developers with easy-to-use APIs and tools.
 
“As more and more consumer IoT devices are created and brought to market, the need for interoperability becomes paramount as it is the key to creating more compelling and integrated experiences,” said BK Yoon, CEO of Samsung Electronics. “The need for an open cloud solution that can work with any connected device, and with other cloud services is critical for broader consumer adoption. The launch of Artik Cloud is extremely exciting because it promises to not only help Samsung connect our diverse portfolio of products, but also enable other companies to participate in a growing IoT ecosystem.”
 
Companies are reimagining how data from many connected devices can be used to build innovative apps and services. Legrand, a company involved in electrical and digital building infrastructures, is working with Samsung to connect the Legrand Cloud platform to the Artik Cloud.
 
“Legrand is excited to partner with Artik Cloud to enable new smart solutions for buildings,” said Ernesto Santini, Legrand vice president. “To be connected to the Artik Cloud is another step in our openness strategy, which aims to make Legrand’s legacy devices and new smart devices interoperable with other connected products, and increases the value we deliver to our users.”
 
Digibe Software is also embracing IoT and the Artik Cloud. The company delivers products for the industrial internet helping customers optimise assets and connect data from machines, databases and people in meaningful ways.
 
“Digibe is excited to partner with Artik Cloud to connect the worlds of IoT and enterprise collaboration,” said Pierre Lecointre, co-founder and CTO of Digibe. “The APIs and developer tools in Artik Cloud helped us deliver, in less than two months, a solution to access siloed IoT asset data and trigger collaboration to address anomalies – directly from Salesforce.”