An open code standard for the smart home is the objective of an alliance between Amazon, Apple and Google, aimed at ensuring safe operations and compatibility between their devices, as well as the development of new products.
In a joint statement, they explained that the project is based on “a shared belief that smart home devices must be safe, reliable and easy to use. Based on the Internet Protocol (IP), the goal is to allow communication through smart home devices, mobile applications and cloud services, as well as define a specific set of IP-based network technologies for device certification "
If the initiative thrives, users can be sure that their favorite devices will work at home and can be configured and controlled from their preferred system ”, the companies have based, in reference to the intelligent assistants Alexa, Siri or Google.
The alliance of the three tech giants, called Project Connected Home over IP, has joined Zigbee Alliance, whose members include Ikea, Legrand, NXP Semiconductors, Resideo, Samsung SmartThings, Schneider Electric, Signify (formerly Philips Lighting), Silicon Labs, Somfy and Wulian.
As added, Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit and Google Weave technologies will be put at the service of the new protocol.
The intention of this mega-partnership is to present at the end of 2020 an initial draft of a standard that integrates existing protocols, such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and not replace them. "The planned protocol complements existing technologies, and members of the working group encourage device manufacturers to continue innovating using the technologies currently available," they added.
In this regard, the vice president of engineering and the chief engineer of Google Nest, Nik Sathe and Grant Erickson, commented through a blog post that the lack of a connectivity standard confuses and frustrates users, in addition to assuming a great burden for manufacturers.
The new universal standard of smart home connectivity will benefit developers and consumers, they added. For the former, simplify product development and reduce costs, while the latter "will have the power to choose how they want to control their homes, regardless of the technology they choose."