Samsung Artik Cloud Competes With Microsoft's Azure IoT

Posted: Apr 28 2016, 10:19am CDT | by , Updated: Apr 29 2016, 3:16am CDT, in News | Technology News


Samsung Artik Cloud Competes with Microsoft's Azure IoT

Today Samsung launched the Samsung Artik Cloud.

Samsung Electronics today announced the Samsung Artik Cloud, an open data exchange platform designed to connect devices and applications. According to Samsung, the Samsung Artik Cloud provides easy-to-use, open APIs and tools to securely collect, store, and act on any data from any connected device or cloud service. Using these APIs and tools, companies can quickly bring new Internet of Things (IoT) solutions and services to market, tap into new revenue streams, and grow their business.

The new Samsung IoT cloud solution goes head on with Microsoft Azure IoT. Microsoft offers special Azure modules to connect IoT devices. 

The Samsung Artik Cloud is commercially available today with a tiered pricing model that developers can start using it for free at

“Our vision for the Artik platform is an end-to-end experience that reduces the obstacles, challenges, and time-to-market for IoT solutions,” said Young Sohn, President & Chief Strategy Officer, Samsung Electronics. “We’re excited to announce the Samsung Artik Cloud after three years of development and feedback from hundreds of developers. Unlike many other IoT cloud platforms, ARTIK Cloud breaks down data silos between devices and enables a new class of IoT applications and services.  The launch of this exciting new platform not only signals Samsung’s foray into the cloud services market but reinforces our belief that, by creating powerful open platforms, we can harness the information generated by IoT to develop new insights and new approaches to address the major global challenges of today and tomorrow.”

Features of the Artik cloud include:

  • Device Manifests: Rapidly onboard any device using a universal language to describe device states and actions.
  • Multi-Protocol Connectors: Connect any device to the cloud using multiple protocols – REST/HTTP, Websockets, MQTT, and CoAP.
  • Cloud Connectors: Connect to any cloud service and collect data from it.
  • Heterogeneous Data Collection: Collect any data (continuous, discrete, real time, or historical) from any device or 3rd party cloud.
  • Two Way Communication: Securely exchange messages between device and cloud, even on low power devices such as wearables and end-node sensors.
  • Data Normalization and Analytics: Gain fast access to data, statistics, and aggregations with multiple backends to store, replicate, and index data.

Security & Privacy: Secure device, app, and user interactions and protect data privacy:

  • Secure Device Registration: Securely connect devices to the cloud using TLS, secure element, and certificates issued by a trusted certificate authority.
  • Authentication and Authorization: Secure every device, app, and user interaction with open Internet standards based authentication and authorization.
  • Privacy Management: Protect data privacy with built-in identity and permissions management.

Developer Tools: Empower developers to build new IoT apps using easy-to-use, open APIs, SDKs, and tools:

  • Universal Data Access APIs: Collect, and query data from disparate devices using easy-to-use, open APIs.
  • SDKs: Enable developers to easily build apps and services using a number of mobile and platform SDKs: Objective C / iOS, Java / Android, JavaScript, Swift, PHP, Python, Ruby, Scala, and C#; as well as Tizen 3.0 when released.
  • Rules Engine: Easily trigger cross-device actions and alerts with a powerful built in rules engine.
  • Visualization Tools: Visualize data from disparate devices in context.
  • Developer Portal: Increase developer productivity with self-service access to rich API documentation, API console, blogs, samples, forums, and more.
  • API-first: Manage and extend platform entities using built-in REST APIs.

I am going hands-on now to see how the Samsung Artik Cloud compares to the Microsoft Azure IoT solution. Update: Here is my first hands-on with the Samsung Artik. It's basically your personal IoT cloud.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/2" rel="author">Luigi Lugmayr</a>
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