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May 17, 2019. Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. Samsung is among the few companies that are primed for a hyper-connected, intelligent future. Through SmartThings solutions, Samsung’s vision is to provide an open and seamless IoT experience with fewer boundaries. To that end, Samsung will enhance its ecosystem by opening its SmartThings Cloud to global partners, providing developers with easy-to-use SDKs, and expanding the availability of SmartThings to more devices.

While the phrase the Fourth Industrial Revolution has yet to fully catch on with the general public, if you have been paying attention to consumer electronics news you likely have come across the excitement being generated by up-and-coming technologies, like 5G and artificial intelligence (AI).

Industry pundits say 5G and AI are quintessential to ushering in Industry 4.0, which will fundamentally alter how people live and work. The future of hyper-connectedness, automation, and artificial intelligence, however, is not something that is light years away. People are already living this vision.

Just look beneath the hood of your smart device. Smartphones nowadays are equipped with a neural processing unit (NPU) - an advanced microprocessor, dedicated to on-device AI-related tasks. This has led to improvements in the performance of smartphones with increased CPU/ GPU speeds, enhanced data security and battery life, among other things.

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Smart TVs are getting smarter, too. For instance, take Samsung’s Quantum Processor 8K, the industry’s first AI-powered picture processing engine, which can upscale content to appear in 8K quality regardless of the original source or format. Of course, to fully tap into the potential of 5G and AI, you need more than cuttingedge hardware; advancements in software and network solutions are equally critical.

Samsung can attest to the importance of versatility. Samsung is uniquely positioned, with its diverse product portfolio and business scale to bring to life a truly connected.

A Day for Telecommunication

World Telecommunication Day (WTD) has been celebrated annually on 17 May since 1969. The date marks the anniversary of the founding of ITU on 17 May 1865, when the first International Telegraph Convention was signed in Paris.

With the growth in importance of information technology alongside telecommunications – especially the Internet – it was recognised that the topic also needed to be brought to public attention. The aim of this day is to focus on the importance of these technologies and the wide range of related social and economic issues.

When you combine the half-a-billion devices that Samsung sells every year and its leadership in semiconductors, displays, TVs and home appliances, the 50-year-old electronics giant says it has a deeper understanding and insight over how consumers interact with its devices. Combining its multiple consumer touchpoints, it has an opportunity to truly enrich peoples’ experiences and interactions with technology.