Creating an Open Ecosystem
In addition to IoT devices and components, Yoon emphasised the importance of openness in bringing IoT to life. Joining Yoon on stage, SmartThings CEO Alex Hawkinson underscored Samsung’s vision for an open infrastructure.
“For the Internet of Things to be a success, it has to be open,” Hawkinson added. “Any device, from any platform, must be able to connect and communicate with one another.
“We’ve worked hard to accomplish this, and are committed to putting users first, giving them the most choice and freedom possible. The SmartThings ecosystem is now compatible with more devices than any other platform.”
Supporting the Developer Community
According to Yoon, Samsung “deeply values” the role of developers and their contributions, and firmly believes that developers will play a key role in realising the IoT era.
“We at Samsung are committed to supporting the developer community,” he added. “Only together can we shape this better future.”
As part of this commitment, Yoon announced that Samsung would invest more than US$100 million to support its developer community in 2015 by strengthening its accelerator programs and further expanding its international developer events.
In conclusion, Yoon claimed that IoT will have far-reaching impact, much more so than the consumer electronics industry has so far, as it will touch every aspect of people’s lives and revolutionise every industry.
For IoT to succeed, Yoon believes companies across all industries will have to collaborate to build the necessary infrastructure and develop the many tailored IoT services that can meet the needs of consumers.
“I know in my heart that neither one single company nor one industry alone can deliver the benefits of the Internet of Things,” Yoon added.
“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.”