SKT joins Samsung’s AI-based smart home appliance network


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SEOUL — South Korea’s top mobile carrier SK Telecom has linked its core services including “NUGU,” an artificial intelligence-based voice assistant service, to Samsung Electronics’ network of smart home appliances. Users can remotely control connected home appliances such as a washing machine or a digital wardrobe that steams and sanitizes clothes.

Smart home networks based on internet of things (IoT) and WiFi technologies help people conveniently and remotely carry out household chores. The smart home network’s digital security system will let its master know if someone enters or leaves his or her home. Dishwashers, washing machines, and other connected home appliances can be remotely controlled with smartphone apps.

SK Telecom (SKT) said that its AI voice assistant now supports Samsung’s “SmartThings,” a smart home network service. SKT users can control home appliances hooked onto a home SmartThings network using various smartphone apps including T Map, a navigation app.

AI voice assistant speakers, also known as smart speakers, are basically the gateway to smart home networks and understand voice commands to provide information, search the web, make a phone call reservation at a restaurant, or control home appliances. Some 4.5 million smart speakers are in use.

According to the Korea Smart Home Industry Association, South Korea’s smart home market stood at 20.6 trillion won ($17 billion) in 2020. LG Electronics partnered with the country’s biggest telecom service operator KT in April 2021 to interlink their voice assistant platforms to cooperate in the smart home platform market. In July, Hanssem, a major domestic home furniture retailer, invested three billion won in Goqual, a domestic IoT technology company.


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