There is a shocking news. At today, Apple, Google, Amazon and others work with their own standards / protocols for smart home devices respectively, HomeKit, Weave and Alexa Smart Home. This, however, should change.
In a press release, Apple said it is working with these companies in addition to Zigbee Alliance in the creation of IP Connected House Project (Project Connected Home over IP). The idea to develop and promote the adoption of a new standard connectivity without royalties, to increase compatibility between smart home products being security It is the fundamental principle of design.
Zigbee Alliance board members (IKEA, Legrand, NXP Semiconductors, Resideo, Samsung SmartThings, Schneider Electric, formerly Signify Philips Lighting, Silicon Labs, Somfy and Wulian) will also contribute to the project.
The goal is to simplify development for manufacturers and increase the compatibility of these products for consumers. The project is based on a shared belief that smart home devices should be safe, reliable and easy to use. Based on the Internet Protocol (IP), the project aims to enable communication between smart home devices, mobile applications and cloud services by defining a specific set of IP-based network technologies for device certification.
Also according to Apple's statement, the group takes an open source approach to the development and implementation of a new unified connectivity protocol. The project intends to use contributions from smart home technologies that are tested in the market by all these companies. The decision to leverage these technologies is expected to accelerate protocol development and deliver benefits to manufacturers and consumers faster.
The goal is to release a draft of this new specification by the end of 2020, which will work with the 802.11ax standard (also known as Wi-Fi 6); thread under 802.15.4-2006 at 2.4GHz; Bluetooth Low Energy (4.1, 4.2 and 5.0). Future development is also expected using Ethernet and cellular technologies.
Also according to the group, there is no specific focus for any company, and members will be able to implement the technologies as they wish. Some may focus their product offerings on the Wi-Fi / Ethernet protocol, while others may direct the protocol by thread or Bluetooth, and still others can support it all.
In practice, we will have if the project has successful devices compatible with smart home and voice services, such as Alexa (Amazon), Siri (Apple) and Google Assistant.
great news, anyway? It's quite hard to see companies of this size. The absence of Facebook draws attention by working on a single pattern like this. Let's hope everything really comes out of paper!