Harman announces partnership with Samsung SmartThings
NEWSBYTE: One year on from its acquisition by electronics giant Samsung, connected technologies company Harman International has announced an engineering partnership with Samsung SmartThings.
The partnership is part of a strategy to embed Harman’s offerings into Samsung’s long-term IoT strategy.
As well as assisting with the rollout of the SmartThings app, the Harman Connected Services team will help develop features for the SmartThings Cloud.
Harman will also integrate third-party sensors into the existing ecosystem of devices, and develop a roadmap for future features for hub, core, and embedded components.
Taking IoT innovation to market
Robert Parker, CTO of Samsung SmartThings, sees the collaboration as a way to ensure that Samsung keeps its finger on the pulse of IoT development. “It’s more important than ever to be at the cutting edge of digital transformation and connected devices,” he said.
“By partnering with Harman Connected Services, for SmartThings application and device development, we’re able to bring the latest smart device innovations directly to consumers.”
Sandeep Kalra, senior VP and general manager at Harman Connected Services said, “We’re thrilled to be an engineering partner for Samsung SmartThings and to help grow the SmartThings ecosystem.”
“Harman Connected Services strives to deliver experiences at the intersection of design, data, and devices. Together with Samsung, we’re doing just that and bringing about next-generation IoT and cloud-based solutions for our customers.”
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Internet of Business says
Partnership and integration are what the IoT is all about. And with Harman’s design excellence and brand reputation, and Samsung’s electronics expertise and industry clout, this new partnership could play an important role.
But there is something else at play here that other vendors could learn from: the clarity and ambition of Samsung’s strategy, with its pledge to make all products IoT ready by 2020.
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