First Samsung Artik Cloud For IoT Review

Posted: Apr 29 2016, 9:34am CDT | by , in News | Technology News


First Samsung Artik Cloud for IoT Review
Samsung Artik Cloud

Yesterday Samsung announced Artik Cloud for Internet of Things. Here are some first hands-on impressions.

The new Samsung Artik Cloud is going against Microsoft Azure IoT. The Azure IoT Hub expands the Azure Cloud with features to connect IoT devices and bring the data into the Azure world. The Samsung Artik Cloud is conceptually different as it is just about IoT and not a complete cloud solution as Microsoft Azure.

What strikes right away when logging into Samsung Artik is the ability to connect consumer wearables like Fitbit, Jawbone, Gear S2 and Misfit. There is also support to connect to Amazon Echo or to a Philips Hue smart bulb. Artik connects to other clouds, apps and devices. 

The Artik Cloud offers device management, rules management, data visualization and data logs out of the box. Developers can create their own custom Artik Cloud modules and applications with the Artik Cloud APIs. The development concept is similar to Azure IoT. Devices get a security token to authenticate on the cloud to send and receive data. The big advantage of Microsoft is the robustness of the Azure Cloud and the powerful development environment of Visual Studio. 

Samsung warns that the Artik Cloud API is continually being developed and refined. This sounds like that the developer tools and libraries are not finished.

Another difference between the Microsoft Azure Cloud and Microsoft Azure IoT is pricing. Samsung charges a monthly fee for each connected device, while Microsoft charges based on number of messages, no matter how many devices are connected.

The Artik Cloud pricing starts at $0.75 per month for a device under the Startup plan. The device can sent 1,500 messages per day, 1 message every minute. Which pricing is better depends on your application and data needs.

The Samsung Artik Cloud is definitely worthwhile to check out. As it is not part of a larger cloud solution, it is easier to get started. On the other hand it is limited and not ideal for an enterprise IoT solution. Artik Could appears to offer a quick path to build a consumer IoT solution or even a personal cloud application. This personal consumer IoT cloud aspect of Artik is something that is inspiring. You can store all the data of your wearables in the Artik cloud, process and visualize it without a line of code. 

The Samsung Artik Cloud is free to try under the Hobbyist plan. The maximum number of messages per day is 150 (1 every 10 minutes).

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