Samsung has integrated SIGFOX’s Internet of Things (IoT) network protocol into its new ARTIKTM platform. The integration is designed to extend the benefits of the SIGFORX network to Samsung ARTIK developers involved in the design IoT products and services.
Samsung said its Ventures arm has also invested in SIGFOX, although it did not disclose the terms of the investment.
Samsung ARTIK is an open platform that’s designed to enable faster and simpler development of new enterprise, industrial and consumer applications for the IoT. The platform includes a family of integrated production-ready modules, advanced software, development boards, drivers, tools, security features and cloud connectivity designed to help accelerate development of a new generation of better, smarter IoT devices, solutions and services.
Adding SIGFOX technology to the Internet-connection options in the Samsung ARTIK platform provides an extremely low-cost and energy-efficient alternative suited for small-message communication that the vast majority of IoT-connected devices will need. The integration will allow developers to quickly activate the network through a simple cloud connectivity subscription.
Young Sohn, President and Chief Strategy Officer, Samsung Electronics, said: “As part of our Samsung ARTIK ecosystem, SIGFOX technology represents a key step forward for the IoT, as it makes it simpler for developers to create low-cost, low-power devices and services that easily connect to the network.”
“By integrating SIGFOX technology in ARTIK and including it in the platform’s ecosystem, Samsung is fuelling innovation and making it very easy for developers to create new applications and services that will help deliver the potential of the Internet of Things,” said Ludovic Le Moan, CEO of SIGFOX. “Moreover, this integration positions SIGFOX technology as the ‘fourth protocol’ for Internet connectivity, joining GSM, Bluetooth and WiFi.”
SIGFOX’s Ultra Narrow Band (UNB) technology for connecting devices is designed to provide scalable, long-range, two-way connectivity and very high capacity. Through the SIGFOX Ready programme, the company ensures that compatible devices have optimal radio performance and are promoted in the global SIGFOX Ready solution catalogue.
Devices based upon the Samsung ARTIK platform can now easily become SIGFOX Ready and therefore be able to connect anywhere in the world where the SIGFOX network is available.