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STAMFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–HARMAN International, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., focused on connected technologies for automotive, consumer and enterprise markets, today announced it has been recognized in the “Winners Circle” in HfS Research’s 2018 Blueprint Grid report for IoT Services. HfS Research is a leading firm in global technology research and advisory services.

The latest report recognized HARMAN’s extensive expertise and flexible solutions and services – ranging from product development to rapid market deployments – that solidify its role as a commanding player in the realm of IoT and digital transformation for healthcare, retail and connected cars industries.

“With feedback from many client conversations, our assessment is that the company has an excellent understanding of IoT as well as a developed and customizable ecosystem that can be adapted and integrated into many different applications and environments seamlessly and securely. These are the core requirements of a market leader,” said Jim Eastlake, vice president of HfS Research. “Now, with its combination with Samsung which brings scale, hardware and R&D resources, HARMAN has expanded its competencies beyond consumer electronics and connected cars, making it an ideal partner for many industries.”

HfS Research released its grid to honor the execution and innovation of solution providers and their various IoT projects. For instance, HARMAN’s latest innovation in designing and developing the industry’s first “ship-based” digital assistant, a conversational, voice-enabled Artificial Intelligence (AI) innovation that can communicate, learn and intelligently predict guests’ needs in order to make relevant suggestions.

“HARMAN is well known for providing revolutionary IoT technologies,” said Luca Pronzati, chief business innovation officer of MSC Cruises. “Along with Samsung, HARMAN has rapidly expanded its solutions portfolio, providing an innovative artificial intelligence solution for our cruise line. HARMAN is meeting the needs of customers like us, making it possible to do things we never imagined – like offering a multi-lingual personal assistant to ensure our passengers have an experience of a lifetime.”

HfS Research notes several of HARMAN’s key products and proprietary technologies, which have helped the company excel with its various clients, such as:

  • Over The Air (OTA) Solution: Providing convenient and secure cloud-based software updates for IoT devices and connected vehicles.
  • Media Suite: Video Content Management solution enabling end-users to record meetings, create live webcasts, share recordings and ensure their business is keeping up with the digital revolution.
  • HARMAN Ignite Automotive Cloud: End-to-end cloud platform supporting various use cases by providing connectivity, application enablement, analytics and managed services capabilities. This enables OEMs to collect relevant data and ensure drivers get an optimal in-car experience.According to Sandeep Kalra, senior vice president and general manager at HARMAN Connected Services “IoT technology development is a priority at HARMAN. This recognition validates our vision to leverage HARMAN in conjunction with Samsung to deliver unprecedented solutions in fast growing industries.”ABOUT HfS RESEARCH
    HfS’s mission is to provide visionary insight into the major innovations impacting business operations: automation, artificial intelligence, blockchain, digital business models and smart analytics. We focus on the future of operations across key industries. We influence the strategies of enterprise customers to develop operational backbones to stay competitive and partner with capable services providers, technology suppliers, and third-party advisors.

    HARMAN ( designs and engineers connected products and solutions for automakers, consumers, and enterprises worldwide, including connected car systems, audio and visual products, enterprise automation solutions; and services supporting the Internet of Things. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson® and Revel®, HARMAN is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform around the world. More than 50 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and connected car systems. Our software services power billions of mobile devices and systems that are connected, integrated and secure across all platforms, from work and home to car and mobile. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 30,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia. In 2017, HARMAN became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

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