Samsung CTO leaves to lead Google’s IoT initiatives
Goal is to align consumer and enterprise products to tell “IoT story of Google”
Former Samsung CTO Injong Rhee, who joined the Korean tech giant in 2011, announced in a LinkedIn post that he has taken on the new role of entrepreneur-in-residence to lead Alphabet subsidiary Google’s IoT business. At Samsung, Rhee worked on a number of notable products including Samsung Pay, enterprise security platform Knox and the Bixby personal assistant.
At Google, Rhee will report to Google Cloud CEO Diane Greene, who is also an Alphabet board member.
According to Rhee: “IoT is a new and exciting space with tremendous potential to transform how we use and deploy technology in our everyday lives. Google and Alphabet have many IoT related products and assets. One of the first things I would like to do with my Google colleagues is to get these efforts coordinated and aligned toward a concerted IoT story of Google — in the process, create distinct consumer and enterprise product lines. With support from Diane and the other members of the leadership team, I hope to grow Google IoT into a sustainable and profitable business line.”
Google Cloud encompasses the company’s IoT business, which provides the platform and services to collect and analyze data from distributed devices. The Cloud IoT Core captures data goes to the Cloud Pub/Sub for analytics. Other integrated tools include Google BigQuery, Cloud Machine Learning Engine and Google Data Studio, which is a data visualization tool.
In terms of vertical applications, Google, in published materials, expresses an emphasis on manufacturing, utilities, transportation and oil and gas.