Injong Rhee joins Alphabet Inc’s Google to head its IoT business

Injong Rhee played a significant role in Samsung’s Knox security system, Samsung Pay mobile wallet and its Bixby digital assistant.

Injong Rhee, the former chief technology officer at Samsung Electronics Co has resigned from his job and has been hired by Alphabet Inc’s Google to head its Internet of Things (IoT) business.

Google spokeswoman, Jane Hynes confirmed the hiring while declining further comment.

In a LinkedIn post, Rhee said, he will serve as entrepreneur-in-residence under Diane Greene, Google’s chief executive of the cloud computing group, which sells software and hardware to other businesses.

He plans on harmonizing various IoT projects at Google. The term IoT, encompasses any device that accesses data online, including virtual assistants, self-driving cars, weather sensors on farms and home appliances.

“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,” wrote Rhee in his LinkedIn post.

Google has been one of the pioneers in the IoT industry and counts Amazon.com Inc, IBM Corp, Microsoft Corp, and others in this nascent industry.

Rhee’s departure from Samsung came in December where he served for more than 6 years. His latest position in the firm was that of a chief technology officer and head of software and services’ research and development.

Rhee was a participant in the launch of Samsung’s Knox security system, Samsung Pay mobile wallet and its Bixby digital assistant.

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