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September 7, 2015

Samsung VP outlines push towards open IoT

Inter-operable Gear S2 furthers push towards open IoT.

By Alexander Sword

Samsung intends to allow more of its devices to interact with competitor products.

Commenting on the launch of the Samsung Gear S2, which is inter-operable with any smartphone using Android, the company’s VP of Marketing for Europe Rory O’Neill said that "we will see more of these products in the future."

Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, O’Neill added: "We have to be completely open. We also need cross-industry collaboration, between tech firms, car makers and watch makers, not just inter-industry collaboration."

Apparently, Samsung also wants all devices to be able to connect to each other by 2020, and within two years, it wants 90 percent of devices connected to the IoT.

"At CES Samsung said their stance would be ‘open’," comments Martin Garner. SVP at CCS Insight. "The watch is entirely in keeping with that.

"They will have lots of products of their own but connecting with those of other vendors."

Many companies have trumpeted the need for the industry to adopt universal standards in the IoT; however, each company wants their own standards to be the ones that are adopted.

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Currently there are multiple IoT standards bodies, including the AllSeen Alliance, Thread and the Open Interconnect Consortium, the Wireless IoT Forum and the Industrial Internet Consortium.

Samsung is a member of both the Thread and the Consortium.

"At the moment, not enough things work with all of [the standards]," says Garner. "The standards side is not settled; there are clusters forming around certain standards. Everyone is looking to see which horse to back."

"It is difficult for consumers to find [information]; it is not a good state for consumers at the moment."

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