Samsung and IBM team up on 5G and AI-powered safety platform

Tyrone Stewart

Samsung and IBM have joined forces to create a joint platform which leverages IBM’s cloud and artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities and Samsung’s mobile offerings for enterprise customers.

IBM’s cloud innovations and Samsung’s Galaxy devices ecosystems, including Galaxy Tabs, Galaxy smartphones, and Galaxy Watches, will be brought together to help improve the work environments of police officers, fire fighters, and other first responders.

“The mobile industry is undergoing a dramatic transformation and opening up new ways of business by bringing innovative technologies like 5G, AI and IoT to enterprises,” said DJ Koh, president and CEO of IT & mobile communications division at Samsung Electronics. “We believe open collaboration is central to unlocking these opportunities and look forward to driving digital transformation for our enterprise clients in the 5G era with IBM and Samsung’s mobile devices and connected services.”

The platform, built on the IBM Cloud, will enable IBM clients to track a worker’s vitals, including heart rate and physical activity, to determine if that person is in distress and automatically dispatch help.

The pair provide the example of a first responder having their safety and wellness indicators shared on the platform in real-time, as they are equipped with a Samsung Galaxy Watch with a biometric sensor and a Galaxy smartphone enabled with 5G.

The platform is currently being piloted with ‘multiple’ police forces.

“IBM continues to bring leading cloud and AI capabilities with deep industry expertise to our enterprise clients,” said Martin Schroeter, senior vice president of global markets at IBM. “Together, IBM and Samsung will use the power of IBM Cloud, 5G, AI and edge computing to enable our clients to leverage these advanced technologies to have greater impact on the way people work, shop and protect their health and families.”

The companies are also working together to bring their joint capabilities to financial services, energy, and healthcare. And they are looking to bring their technologies to factories to make automation more efficient and productive.