Samsung calls for industry openness and collaboration for IoT to succeed
At Samsung's keynote address last night, the president and CEO of Samsung Electronics, BK Yoon, called for greater industry collaboration and openness to enable a more connected future built around the Internet of Things (IoT). Mr. Yoon made the call after announcing Samsung's commitment to keep its components and devices open to developers and across industries. He also announced Samsung's investment of more than US$100 million in its developer community in 2015.
“The Internet of Things has the potential to transform our society, economy and how we live our lives,” said Mr. Yoon. “It is our job to pull together — as an industry, and across different sectors - to make true on the promise of the Internet of Things.”
Mr. Yoon further doubled down his commitment by announcing an aggressive timetable for Samsung to enable IoT in its products. He said that by 2017, all Samsung televisions will be IoT devices and in five years, 100% of Samsung hardware will be IoT-ready.
Describing how the IoT era would be dominated by sensors, Mr. Yoon revealed how Samsung has developed advanced sensors that are precise enough to understand a person's surrounding environment through a new three-dimensional range sensor that can detect even the tiniest movements. The company has also developed a sensor that can identify up to 20 different smell profiles. Besides developing sensors, Samsung is also working on various chips, such as the embedded package on package (ePOP) and Bio-Processor chips that are energy-efficient and compact enough to be integrated into a wide range of wearable and mobile devices.
Before closing his keynote, Mr. Yoon emphasized IoT's far-reaching impact in the consumer electronics space and the importance of companies across all industries to collaborate to build the necessary infrastructure and services for IoT.
“I know in my heart that neither one single company nor one industry alone can deliver the benefits of the Internet of Things,” said Mr. Yoon. “To create this IoT universe, we have to see the potential of the Internet of Things across all kinds of industries. Only if we work together can we improve people’s lives.”