There’s an interesting development going on in the field of smart home connectivity. Three biggies – Amazon, Apple, and Google have created a new working group with the Zigbee Alliance to develop an open standard. This open-standard will be developed for smart home products. It could essentially mean all the IoT products from these above-mentioned brands could talk to each other.
Connected Smart Home Over IP – What is this project?
Zigbee Alliance is calling this project, “Connected Home over IP”. One of the fundamentals to be achieved on this project includes royalty-free connectivity. Thus increasing the compatibility between smart home products from different brands. The secure connectivity seems to be a primary design tenet here.
This will allow manufacturers to think beyond compatibility issues experienced by consumers. This project works on offering seamless, secure, and safety while connecting between different smart home products. Specifically, an Internet Protocol is going to be build, which will allow the products to talk to each other.
This unified connectivity protocol will take an open-source approach for the development and implementation of this project. It shall use contributions from the existing market-tested smart home technologies from the above-mentioned brands and more. Yes, there are more companies involved.
In fact, you’d be familiar with some of them. Here are the companies including such as IKEA, Legrand, NXP Semiconductors, Resideo, Samsung SmartThings, Schneider Electric, Signify (formerly Philips Lighting), Silicon Labs, Somfy, and Wulian. They are involved in the working group and will be contributing to the project.
We would like to hear more about this, but at the moment, this is just an announcement of the group formation. The works yet to be laid. Stay tuned as we track development on this open-standard protocol for smart home products.