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Samsung’s Hong At CES 2016: ‘The Future Is Here’ For IoT

“The future is here” when it comes IoT, according to Dr. WP Hong, president of Samsung SDS in his Thursday morning CES keynote.

Hong’s presentation was an appropriate follow-up to last year’s CES keynote by Samsung Electronics president/CEO Boo-Keun Yoon, who provided an outline of IoT goals for the company.

In Thursday’s keynote Hong discussed the many attributes of IoT and how Samsung is well-positioned — from devices, platforms, security and partnerships — to be a leader in the field.

For instance, Hong discussed Samsung Pay for retail and other purchases, and the Samsung Bio-Processor to track and manage health and fitness data, as just two emerging IoT businesses.

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Hong introduced Samsung SDI VP Fabrice Hudry, who said that the demand for 24/7 power for IoT has created the “battery of things,” which must be ultra-slim, light, bendable and fast-charging sources of power for anything from wearables to vehicles.

Samsung is partnering with Corning Glass, and Jeffery Everson, chief strategy officer, said its display glass must now be not only tough and thin, but work with high-speed solutions and be used on products like Samsung’s IoT refrigerator. “The display has to be a good as ones for Samsung TVs and Galaxy products.”

Hong said that a key to IoT success is “interoperability” and most importantly that Samsung believes in “open partnerships.” He highlighted partners such as GE, Cisco and Intel, which are working on a concept called IoTivity that would roll out on the Samsung IoT framework.

Terry Myerson, executive VP of the Windows and devices group of Microsoft, another IoT partner, said the fast rollout of Windows 10 on Samsung devices and other brands, plus its features, makes it perfectly positioned to take advantage of IoT capabilities.

Hong also introduced executives from Goldman Sachs to highlight Samsung’s Knox security system for IoT functions, and from BMW Group, who described its partnership as making its cars an “IoT cockpit” to enable users to control home functions from the car, and vice-versa.

 As Hong closed the keynote, he said, “The future is now … Openness, integration and collaboration” are the keys to IoT success going forward.