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Canonical and Samsung demonstrate Ubuntu Core on SAMSUNG ARTIK™


on 18 February 2016

This article was last updated 5 years ago.

  • ‘snappy’ Ubuntu Core ported to SAMSUNG ARTIK™ platform, running sample applications
  • Best of breed security critical for IoT

Canonical today announced that it has joined the SAMSUNG ARTIK™ IoT ecosystem to enable faster development and deployment of IoT applications and services. Canonical is publishing a developer image of ‘snappy’ Ubuntu Core optimized for the SAMSUNG ARTIK 5 and 10 modules, which will be made available on in the next several weeks.

With a tiered architecture built for performance, optimized power consumption, memory utilization and footprint, SAMSUNG ARTIK modules are designed for a variety of applications – from wearables and end-nodes to powerful hubs with integrated wireless capabilities, local processing and analytics. The ‘best-in-class’ security solution starts with a hardware Secure Element (SE), and adds software Trusted Execution Environment (TEE). Developers can benefit from the various wireless connectivity options (Zigbee, BLE, Wi-Fi) to securely connect various sensors around the house to the cloud and rely on Ubuntu Core’s capabilities to manage the security of devices once deployed by remotely and reliably upgrading the software running on these devices.

“SAMSUNG ARTIK device and platform developers looks set to benefit from the large, well-established Ubuntu developer community which is especially strong in the fields of IoT, Robotics, autonomous vehicles and computer vision,” said Maarten Ectors, VP IoT, Canonical. “This image will let developers fully and quickly utilize the power of the SAMSUNG ARTIK platform and enable access to a host of powerful new tools for the development of innovative new connected devices. It will create an environment particularly suited to creating solutions for smart homes and smart home appliances.”

“We believe in the power of open platforms and we’re pleased to work with Canonical, one of the leaders in open source community, to offer an OS tuned for IoT,” said Curtis Sasaki, VP of Ecosystem, Samsung Electronics. “By leveraging the wealth of expertise and experience available in the market, we hope to offer developers and makers the best choices in development platforms to build their IoT solutions.” Samsung SAMSUNG ARTIK™ platform and Ubuntu Core security and power in action is a sharing economy company, bringing blockchain technology and IoT together to build smart homes and smart home appliances that are more secure and autonomous. During Mobile World Congress, they will be demoing a decentralized house rental solution based on the blockchain and built on the SAMSUNG ARTIK platform and Ubuntu Core.

The team have been leveraging the availability of multiple blockchain libraries on Ubuntu (Ethereum project) in order to build their solution. They were particularly attracted to the strong combined security pedigree of the SAMSUNG ARTIK platform and Ubuntu Core – essential to a blockchain application. They have also chosen the SAMSUNG ARTIK platform for its powerful computing capacity particularly suited to compute intensive  applications, including local data analytics.

Maarten Ectors, VP IoT said: “An initial example of this has been the creation by of the first blockchain “computer” for the home. makes it possible for every single household to run its own private blockchain and smart contracts. Combined with other smart devices and sensors you can run your own distributed AirBNB, Uber, etc. and rent your home, your home appliances, your heating, etc. securely to roommates or visitors. Your house can also create a tamper-free log of humidity, temperature, alarm status, etc. and revolutionize insurance risks and fraud.”

More information about the SAMSUNG ARTIK platform and development tools can be found at

For more information on ‘snappy’ Ubuntu Core visit:

For more information on IoT + blockchain solution visit

SAMSUNG ARTIK™ Platform and Canonical at Mobile World Congress 2016

Canonical is joining Samsung’s half-day developer training on the 23rd of February, and both companies will host a reception in the afternoon at the Canonical booth Hall 3 – 3J30. The SAMSUNG ARTIK platform will be demonstrated at the Canonical booth during the show, featuring Sensory’s TrulyHandsfree™ Voice Control technology running on Snappy.

For more information or to schedule a meeting with the SAMSUNG ARTIK platform team, please contact

About the Samsung Strategy and Innovation Center

The SAMSUNG ARTIK™ platform has been developed through work led by the Samsung Strategy and Innovation Center (SSIC). SSIC is a global organization within Samsung’s Device Solutions group, with the core missions of open innovation in collaboration with entrepreneurs and strategic partners, investments in disruptive technologies and startups, and new business creation through M&A and partnerships. With offices in Silicon Valley, Korea, Israel, France and the U.K., SSIC’s focus areas include cloud infrastructure, smart health, Internet of Things, and smart machines.

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