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Samsung to focus its IoT effort on SmartThings Cloud

Samsung to focus its IoT effort on SmartThings Cloud
After smartphones, the Internet of Things will be the focus of Samsung, the company suggested in this year’s Samsung Developer Conference.

Samsung introduced a new IoT hub called SmartThings Cloud, which allows users to control IoT-enabled products and services from a unified touchpoint. This new cloud platform will consolidate Samsung’s SmartThings, the Samsung Connect mobile app and the ARTIK IoT platform.

SmartThings Cloud aims to create an open ecosystem that works with both Samsung devices and other third-party products, via Samsung’s cloud API. Samsung’s goal is also to provide “secure interoperability and services for business developing commercial and industrial IoT solutions,” the company announced.

Consumers may start using products running on SmartThings Cloud early next year, according to Samsung.

Samsung also introduced new ARTIK IoT systems-on-modules and services for the ARTIK IoT platform. The modules feature hardware-backed security, which targets edge node applications like sensors, controllers, connected devices and gateways.

It also provides device-to-cloud with a factory-injected unique ID and keys stored in tamper-resistant hardware. It enables mutual authentication on the cloud to identify each device on the network and supports whitelisting. Developers can code signing portal to validate software authenticity under the new Secure Boot feature.

In regards to security, the modules provide a hardware-protected Trusted Execution Environment (TEE) which offers a secure operating system and library to process, store and manage sensitive data. All the data is protected by FIPS 140-2 data encryption.

The new “s” secure IoT modules will be available on November 30. It also has access to ARTIK IoT services like device onboarding, orchestration, management and over-the-air updates.

The existing ARTIK Cloud will be integrated into the new SmartThings Cloud. “Together, Samsung ARTIK platform and SmartThings Cloud will create opportunities to help us to get to market faster and safely deliver new services that will enrich the lives of our customers,” said Youngsoo Do, senior vice president of the Digital Control Group at Samsung.

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