Finally, someone has understood what it’s all about. After numerous smart home systems have flooded the market in recent years, it feels like just as many standards have been established. Some systems work together, but other products cannot be linked. The Connected Home over IP project is intended to address this problem.
A press release from Apple reads:
“Amazon, Apple, Google, and the Zigbee Alliance today announced the formation of a new working group to develop and promote the introduction of a new, royalty-free connectivity standard to increase compatibility between smart home products, with security as a key design principle.”
Amazon, Apple and Google are three Internet giants but the ZigBee Alliance does not rank behind. In addition to Signify and Philips Hue, the ZigBee Alliance also includes the following manufacturers: IKEA, Legrand (Netatmo), NXP Semiconductors, Resideo, Samsung SmartThings, Schneider Electric, Silicon Labs, Somfy and Wulian.
And what plan did they come up with now? The goal is that home devices should be safe, reliable and seamless to use. “Building on the Internet Protocol (IP), the project aims to enable communication via smart home devices, mobile apps and cloud services to define a specific set of IP-based network technologies for device certification.”
It will be interesting to see the first results – will the Connected Home over IP project produce something useful for the end user? Anyway, I can only support the idea itself – what do you think? Which aspects would you wish for?