Alongside OLED televisions, smartphones and other smartwatches, a revolution is underway, that of the Internet of devices (IoT). Samsung, the European leader in consumer electronics, does not count miss the train, he considers to be “a source of growth for the next five years.” It is even one of the main players. I attended the press conference of the Korean giant in early September at IFA Berlin.
For over a year that Samsung is working hard not to miss the train of the famous “Internet of Things” (IoT). This is THE technology which we will talk tremendously in the coming years. It is estimated that the market will generate $ 1,000 billion by 2020 … It is based on the principle that any object of our daily lives, whether at home, at work or on the move, can very easily be connected to the network, and therefore to the internet. That’s why we talk about the Internet of Devices, whether to translate the concept
There are two main interests to connect objects. Make them easily controllable with remote applications for smartphone, tablet or via a website; and to communicate. Several obstacles hindering the development of this technology, the first being the multiplicity of “standards” for these devices connect to the network, and a priori so that they can communicate. This coexistence of several protocols currently requires us to have as many applications and small boxes to connect to the router (in the most unfortunate cases, such as Hue lighting system from Philips, but not for Nest, for example) that connected devices.
To take an example, Apple and its HomeKit are also pushing a “standard” for the iPhone, iPad and Watch can centralize control of multiple connected devices.
The HUB Samsung
But by presenting its new “Hub”, Samsung, with its great persuasive power, its dozens of already connected devices and undeniable influence on the market new technologies, threw a big stir. This Hub is a simple case that you will connect to your modem, you. It will serve as a turning plate for all connected objects that your home might contain. It was learned on Thursday at IFA in Berlin that he has lost weight since the first model developed by Smart Things, an American start-up acquired last year by Samsung in order to integrate series objects connected it had already developed. You were already spoken about it a few months ago in this article
It is therefore less bulky, but still incorporates a battery. In case of power failure (until 10:00), the Hub will continue to operate and control all your connected devices.
What devices will be controlled by the Hub from Samsung?
But what kind of devices talk -t we finally? Those of Samsung, necessarily (TV, camera, smartphone, pregnant, oven, fridge, washing machine, etc …) but also sensors Smart Things (presence, door opening, humidity, cameras). Fortunately, that’s not all. Samsung will use all his influence (and already for some time) for its Hub can also contact other brands, as is already the case with Philips bulbs, cameras Belkin, the connected locks . Yale, etc … (see list here)
Officials have readily acknowledged: “ The opening (or other devices) is required ” to guarantee success this new platform. This is why the logo and the words “Works With Smart Things” were created and affixed on many products already.
The other pitfall we were talking about is the increasing number of applications. With its Hub, Samsung also developed an application (Smart Things) centralizing all others. The Smart Home Monitor will “ access control and unified against intrusion, smoke, fire, leaks, floods and other common household problems, providing real-time notifications and video clips from multiple cameras “. Control of Yale locks connected, network cameras, detectors Smart Things, etc.
There are also other parts of music (connected speakers, TV, etc.) eg .
The application has been updated and the Kingdom will be able to offer the kits, to be supplemented by other devices (and other brands) that are “Works With Smart Things” …
The name remains Smart Things
While Samsung told us that Smart Things would be digested, it is not. The brand remains committed to its technology. The name of the Hub is also “Samsung Smart Hub Things”, while his boss, Alex Hawkinson, was on stage in Berlin to discuss the news of a business’ is part of the Samsung family “
This is rather good news: it means that those who have good ideas basing Smart Things are always there and always make certain decisions
<. strong> Conclusion:
Samsung made a (small) step towards the SmartHome, the famous connected home. Of course, we will see nothing in Europe before “ current 2016 “, although Britain has the right to premiere this fall, after the United States, where the solution already exists . But the foundations are laid, and we can see where we are going: a house with all devices will be connected to the TV (this is already the case) in the refrigerator, through the washing machine and systems monitoring.
The big advantage to see Samsung intervene, it is the presence and availability of products on our shelves. It also ensures that heavy investments will be made because “ the next 5 years ‘will be those of the IoT (Internet of Things, is the connection of all our devices to the network) Samsung has promised WPHong, global marketing manager for Samsung Electronics.
And given the deep penetration of Samsung already in our homes, we should hear about it soon. Not convinced? “ Every year, Samsung sold more than 300 million products to European consumers. Today, over 85 million Europeans use our products at home and, more often at work. No organization is better placed to ensure that the industrial revolution in progress “to continue, he said.
It is very tempted to believe …