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September 16, 2015

Samsung launches IoT Access Point for B2B market

Device can be used to control lighting and manage energy bills.

By Joao Lima

Samsung has upgraded its IoT portfolio with the release of an IoT Access Point which supports global wireless standard ZigBee.

Further to supporting ZigBee, the access point also works with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi technology and is aimed at the B2B market.

The three mentioned supported solutions represent nearly 70% of all wireless communication technologies for the IoT.

The access point also offers wireless LAN services to the tune of 1.3 Gbps speeds by supporting 802.11ac, an IEEE wireless networking standard that falls under the 802.11 family, commonly known as Wi-Fi.

The device has several applications, including lighting control and energy management capabilities for buildings.

ZigBee is an IoT standard which lays the foundation for the IoT and Bluetooth low energy. It has been created by ZigBee Alliance’s members including companies like Samsung, Philips, Motorola, AT&T, Bosch and Silicon Labs.

In August, a security flaw found in the ZigBee standard sparked concern from around the industry as the solution was found to give hackers total control over a smart home.

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Amol Sarwate, director of engineering at Qualys, explained to CBR: "Each device should be secure by default. Unfortunately, many IoT developers do not have this mindset in place from the start.

"Too often, devices are released and not updated when components or standards are updated. Responsibility for this should be included within each IoT device, and considered as part of wider services as well."

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