IoT News Roundup
Samsung launches ARTIK to speed IoT development; Globalstar releases new tracking device for remote assets; Brightstar teams with Kii on mobile device services.
May 15, 2015—
Samsung Casts ARTIK as One-Stop-Shop for IoT Developers
ARTIK offers three IoT modules. ARTIK 1 is a 12-millimeter-wide square chip, with Bluetooth connectivity, 1MB of memory, and a nine-axis accelerometer. It is designed for low-power applications that can run for up to three weeks of usage between charges, Samsung claims. The ARTIK 5, roughly twice the width, has 512 MB of memory and also supports connectivity over the Wi-Fi, ZigBee and Thread protocols as well as video capability. With a bit larger footprint, the ARTIK 10 has the same capabilities as the ARTIK 5, but with 2GB memory.
Each chip contains an embedded security element. The application software also supports what Samsung calls an anomaly-detection system that looks for abnormal or unusual use patterns and triggers alerts for possible hacking or other security-intrusion activity.
The platform includes a software stack with code for basic software libraries designed to help developers move directly to creating an application framework for their products.
ARTIK also provides users a way to perform computations at the device level—as opposed to other IoT application platforms that make devices addressable only through cloud servers, says Samsung.
The chips are compatible with Arduino, an open-source hardware and software platform used widely by developers that create sensor-based IoT devices for personal or professional use. Samsung-owned smart home product company SmartThings and Temboo, a cloud-based IoT middleware company, are already using ARTIK, according to Samsung.
Samsung has also introduced the Makers Against Drought contest, with a prize of more than $210,000 to incentivize developers to create IoT-based technologies designed to help users save water, specifically in drought-stricken California.
Globalstar Unveils New Asset Tag
Alternatively, it can be connected to line power, which lets the user increase the device’s rate of status reporting without worrying about battery life. Should line power be disrupted, the SmartOne C (like its predecessor, the SmartOne B) automatically switches to battery back-up mode, so that reporting continues.
Customers can configure the SmartOne C's settings and management by using a software application from Globalstar's network of Value Added Resellers. These applications provide remote access to asset data, and transmit alerts, based on the device settings, to users via customized application programming interfaces (APIs), email or text.
Brightstar and Kii Create IoT Services Ecosystem
The joint service, called Space: The Infinity of Things, is open to manufacturers, developers, retailers and mobile operators. It provides a means for manufacturers to access new mobile device markets by leveraging Brightstar’s distribution network. Developers can use Kii's backend IoT platform to create applications and services for IoT devices for a wide range of cellular devices and operating systems. Mobile operators can, through the Brightstar-Kii ecosystem, work with retailers to jointly source IoT products. The system is designed to help users bring their products to market more quickly and open new business opportunities.
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