29 April 2020
Amazon, Google, Apple, and the Zigbee Alliance have come together to bring an important change in the connected world. The aim is to create a new smart home connectivity standard that could make the smart home devices compatible with various platforms.
The name of the project for which these leading companies have come together is “Project Connected Home Over IP” and a new standard for the smart home will be developed under this project. The standard will make sure that the products you’re buying will work with the systems or devices you already have at your home.
Take, for instance, you’re buying a new smart lock for your home but you’d have to figure out if you need to buy a lock that works with Amazon Echo, Google Home, or Apple HomeKit. This may require further research and more learning so that you end up buying the right device. This is not just a headache to you but to the companies which are building these smart devices as well.
The idea behind the project is to have a seamless environment that is still secure and reliable as well and brings uniformity where you do not need to think much. This will allow the users to buy a smart home product without worrying about what systems they have at home.
In a press release, the companies have said,
“By building upon Internet Protocol (IP), the project aims to enable communication across smart home devices, mobile apps and cloud services and to define a specific set of IP-based networking technologies for device certification.”
The companies believe the open connectivity standard will not only simplify the development for device manufacturers but also increase compatibility for consumers. The project will help the device manufacturers to build devices that are compatible with smart home and voice services such as Amazon’s Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple’s Siri, and even others.
All the companies have announced that the planned protocol will complement existing technologies and the working group members will ensure that devices manufacturers are developing using these technologies. Apple, Google, Amazon, and Zigbee are working to release draft specifications and preliminary open-source materials late next year.
The group will focus first on physical safety smart home devices, such as smoke alarms and CO sensors, smart doors and locks, security systems, electrical plugs, window shades, and HVAC controls before expanding into other types of devices and commercial solutions. It is currently unknown when these first products will launch.
You can learn in detail about the Project Connected Home Over IP by heading over the official website.