Samsung to infuse intelligence in all IoT devices by 2020 as it outlines vision

At the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Samsung Electronics America presented an outline of IoT vision and strategy by revealing the fact that by 2020 all its connected devices will be infused with intelligence.

Also at the event, Samsung announced plans to advance adoption of IoT via an open, consistent and intelligent platform. In the spring of 2018, the company will merge all its IoT applications into the SmartThings app allowing users to manage and connect any SmartThings-enabled device right from their cell phone, car, or television from a single application. Samsung is also planning to connect HARMAN Ignite to the SmartThings Cloud to give consumers the liberty to control their connected home from the vehicle and vice versa.

Hyunsuk Kim, President, Head of Samsung’s Consumer Electronics Division and Samsung Research, said: “At Samsung, we believe IoT should be as easy as flipping a switch. With the new products and services announced today, we’re making IoT easier and more seamless. We’re committed to accelerating IoT adoption for everyone and making all Samsung connected devices intelligent by 2020. These advancements will help consumers realize the benefits of a seamless and simple connected life.”

As part of Samsung’s intelligence infusion initiative, voice control function will be enabled in a select range of Smart TVs and Family Hub refrigerators via Bixby in 2018. Operating on the SmartThings Cloud, the Smart TVs and Family Hub refrigerators will act as a smart dashboard to monitor and manage connected devices.

The products and services highlighted at CES show how Samsung is moving forward in its mission to create seamless IoT experiences at office, home and vehicles.

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Samsung pledges to make all products ‘IoT ready’ by 2020

Samsung pledges to make all products IoT ready by 2020

Samsung aims to drive IoT adoption by boosting interoperability, through the use of standards and an ‘open platform’ approach. 

South Korean multinational conglomerate Samsung has said it will make all its products IoT ready by 2020, with a plan to boost adoption via what it calls an “open, consistent and intelligent platform.”

At this week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, the company said it is working with partners such as the Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) to set common industry standards. OCF is the largest IoT standardization body in the world and Samsung’s ARTIK chip, air conditioner and Family Hub refrigerator have already been certified by the foundation as having the interoperability criteria needed for IoT.

In the next few months, the company will integrate its IoT applications, including Samsung Connect, Smart Home, Smart View and more into the SmartThings app to connect and control any SmartThings-enabled device directly from their phone, TV, or car from a single application.

Read more: Samsung unveils new SmartThings IoT strategy

At home and on the road

Samsung also said that it plans to connect Harman Ignite – an automotive cloud platform – to the SmartThings Cloud. As a result of this link, say company executives, consumers will be able to manage their connected home from their car and vice versa.

At the show, Samsung demonstrated its Digital Cockpit to demonstrate how cars will become connected with other ‘things’ as part of the IoT. The new dashboard design, along with Bixby, allows drivers to control the in-car experience and their connected devices at home through voice, touch, gesture and context-based methods. Its 5G-capable Telematics Control Unit (TCU) can download and upload data faster and enables vehicle-to-everything communications, laying the groundwork for better autonomous driving, the company claims.

The company will also bring its Amazon Alexa rival, the artificial intelligence (AI) powered assistant Bixby to some of its smart TVs and new Family Hub refrigerators. These new fridges will offer a wide range of smart features, such as syncing food storage with meal preparation and will be able to recognise the individual voices of family members, to give personalized information such as news, weather and calendar updates.

“At Samsung, we believe IoT should be as easy as flipping a switch. With the new products and services announced today, we’re making IoT easier and more seamless,” said Hyunsuk (HS) Kim, President, head of the company’s Consumer Electronics Division and Samsung Research. “We’re committed to accelerating IoT adoption for everyone and making all Samsung connected devices intelligent by 2020. These advancements will help consumers realise the benefits of a seamless and simple connected life.”

Read more: Samsung launches data monetization service for IoT device manufacturers

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Registration Open for 9th Edition of Unisys Cloud 20/20

Unisys Corporation has announced registration open for its ninth edition of Cloud 20/20, the company’s annual flagship technical project contest in India. It is designed to encourage passion for technology and innovative thinking in tertiary students to address various technical challenges in the IT industry.

This contest is open to research students and postgraduates, as well as pre-final and final-year engineering students in Computer Science, Information Technology and other related disciplines. It allows students to test and refine their technical skills for industry readiness by collaborating with leaders in the industry as well as explore exciting career opportunities with Unisys.

This edition of the contest will also introduce contestants’ ideas to incubators, entrepreneurs, investors and industry stalwarts who may help convert them into market-ready solutions.

Registrations for the ninth edition of Cloud 20/20 will close on December 31, 2017.

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“Dare Mighty Things” for NASA/JPL Mars 2020 rover

“Dare Mighty Things” is the motto of the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab. And that’s just what they’re doing as they gear up for Mars 2020, the sequel to the Curiosity rover and the next phase in NASA’s ongoing Mars Exploration program.

I had pleasure of learning more about the mission and meeting Tracy Van Houten when she spoke at our Genius of Things Summit in Boston. And her talk was amazing! Watch for yourself, and you’ll see what I mean, including why you can’t joystick the rover.

 

Tracy Van Houten, at the recent Genius of Things Summit in Boston.

Verficiation and validation project lead, Tracy Van Houten, at the recent Genius of Things Summit in Boston.

Testing starts Nov. 1

She’s literally a rocket scientist, although her official title is verification and validation project lead. That means Ms. Van Houten is in charge of the test program for Mars 2020. And because that test program officially kicks off today, I first want to give her and the team our best wishes for success! These next two and a half years will be critical to the success of Mars 2020, and we know the entire team is up to the task.

As she shared in her talk, NASA turned to the IBM Continuous Engineering Suite, specifically our DOORS Next Generation solution to create a better testing program. With it, they now have a collaborative, integrated design hub with 620 members. That means they no longer need to manage 100+ spreadsheets to keep the mission on track. Instead, they’ve captured 125,000 items and carefully mapped them for all the testing, analysis and inspections to come.

 

 

Based on the Curiosity rover, Mars 2020 is auto-sized at 10 ft. long. But at 2,314 lbs., it weighs less than a compact car.

Based on the Curiosity rover, Mars 2020 is auto-sized at 10 ft. long. But at 2,314 lbs., it weighs less than a compact car.

In Ms. Van Houten’s world, you only get one shot to get it right. Then it’s off to the next science challenge. On behalf of IBMers everywhere, thank you for choosing us as a partner on this universal adventure. And again, best wishes!

To learn more about the Mars 2020 mission, visit https://mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/.

IBM DOORS Next Generation is a web-based collaborative requirements management tool for IoT. It can help project teams work more effectively across disciplines, time zones and supply chains. Learn more.

 

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Machines to get better preventative healthcare than humans by 2020

Machines to get better preventative healthcare than humans by 2020

A recent study has revealed that 75 percent of IT and field service decision makers believe that machines will receive better preventative healthcare than human beings by 2020, thanks to increasing use of AI.

As Microsoft founder Bill Gates once said: “Treatment without prevention is simply unsustainable.” He may have been speaking about medicine, but the sentiment holds true across many other sectors. In particular, we’re now witnessing a more holistic approach to maintaining the machines that drive our economies.

Technologies such as artificial intelligence [AI], analytics and the use of digital twins are playing a vital role in monitoring industrial machines to prevent critical system failures, detecting issues and scheduling maintenance before outages occur.

Given that 10 percent of emergency field service work is predicted to be triggered and scheduled by AI by 2020, a new study from IT market research company Vanson Bourne, conducted on behalf of ServiceMax, has sought to gather industry opinions around increasing automation.

The report, After The Fall: Cost, Causes and Consequences of Unplanned Downtime, surveyed 450 field service and IT decision makers in the UK, US, France and Germany across the manufacturing, medical, oil and gas, energy and utilities, telecoms, distribution, logistics and transport sectors, among others.

Read more: Toyota, Hitachi partner for smarter manufacturing

Prevention and cure

“In the same way that organizations want zero unplanned downtime with their equipment assets to avoid expensive loss of production or service, we want to mitigate our own human ‘outages’,” said Mark Homer, vice president of global customer transformation for field service technology specialist ServiceMax, recently acquired by GE Digital in a deal that closed in January 2017.

“This holistic view of how something is operating – whether it’s a person, an equipment plant or an individual component in a machine – has historically been disjointed and only visible when something goes wrong.”

We’re seeing an increasing emphasis on constant monitoring and the use of AI to take preventative measures and ensure downtime is avoided. The IT and field service leaders surveyed largely believe predictive advancements in machines, their ability to act before a problem occurs and self-healing actions are beneficial to a company’s bottom line. For example:

  • 46 percent say machines automatically requesting help will improve how their company manages equipment assets.
  • 39 percent say predictive maintenance would help better manage equipment assets.
  • 44 percent of respondents say using digital twins with predictive maintenance and artificial intelligence [AI] would help prevent major failures.
  • 69 percent would like their own personal digital twin to help themselves and medical professionals regulate their health through non-invasive means, enabling early action and preventative measures.

It’s hardly surprising that companies are taking such steps. On average, respondents’ organizations have experienced two episodes of unplanned downtime over the past three years. According to the Aberdeen report, Maintaining Virtual System Uptime in Today’s Transforming IT Infrastructure, one hour of unplanned downtime costs organisations $ 260,000, on average.

Read more: Tennplasco recruits collaborative robot to fill human labor gap

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