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SAN FRANCISCO — Samsung announced a soup-to-nuts security offering for the Internet of Things. It is part of the Korean giant’s ambitions to carve out a business in chips for IoT end nodes and gateways as well as cloud services that include machine learning.
As the next step in that direction, Samsung will start shipping a suite of secure IoT products in November. They span modules with a hardware root-of-trust to encryption and authentication of over-the-air software updates, applications, and cloud services.
“We believe that security will become a strong value proposition in this space and it will only get stronger … [overall,] our strategy is that we want to be an IoT company internally and externally,” said James Stansberry, general manager of Samsung’s Artik IoT group.
For Samsung, IoT represents an opportunity to sell a wide variety of processors, memories, and connectivity chips integrated into modules. It also is part of a move to court developers to write cloud-based apps that could serve everything from Artik IoT customers to Samsung’s own increasingly connected systems that range from smartphones to refrigerators.
Samsung’s secure modules will use a standalone secure element to support key storage for secure boot and other features. They will use a variety of standards for encryption, authorization, and signed apps. The company is also expected to roll out cloud-based machine-learning services before the end of the year.