Amazon, Apple, Google, and Zigbee Alliance cooperate for Smart Home Devices Connectivity

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Amazon, Apple, Google, and Zigbee Alliance cooperate for Smart Home Devices Connectivity

Amazon, Apple, Google, and the Zigbee Alliance joined to form a working group. To increase the compatibility among smart home devices, they plan to develop a new, royalty-free connectivity standard that also aims at increasing security.

Along with the companies mentioned above, many other important global players are involved: Among the Zigbee Alliance board members that join the working group are IKEA, Legrand, NXP Semiconductors, Resideo, Samsung SmartThings, Schneider Electric, Signify (formerly Philips Lighting), Silicon Labs, Somfy, and Wulian.
The project named “Connected Home over IP” has two mein goals: To simplify development of smart-home solutions for manufacturers and to increase compatibility for consumers. The companies see that customers want smart home devices to be secure, reliable, and seamless to use. Since the Internet Protocol (IP) is used, the project will enable communication across smart home devices, mobile apps, and cloud services. The companies want to define a specific set of IP-based networking technologies for device certification.
The industry working group plans to take an open-source approach for the development and implementation of a completely new, unified connectivity protocol. By using contributions from market-tested smart home technologies from Amazon, Apple, Google, Zigbee Alliance, and others the project may accelerate the development of the protocol and deliver benefits to manufacturers and consumers faster.
The project also aims to make it easier for device manufacturers to build devices that are compatible with smart home and voice services such as Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri, Google’s Assistant, and others. The planned protocol complements existing technologies.
The project “Connected Home over IP” is open to device manufacturers, silicon providers, and other developers from across the smart home industry. Additional information can be found at connectedhomeip.com.

Author: Tim Cole
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