December 19, 2019
Amazon, Apple and Google will work together to create a new common standard that will make it easier for smart devices to speak to each other.
It is a move the technology giants hope will make it easier for consumers as they will be able to use different devices from a variety of companies on the same network.
‘We believe that the protocol has the potential to be widely adopted across home systems and assistants’, the new group said in a statement.
The royalty-free and open source software standard will have ‘security as a fundamental design tenet’, according to Apple.
The Zigbee Alliance is also part of the group, which includes companies such as IKEA, Legrand, NXP Semiconductors, Samsung and Signify.
It will be designed from the start to work with existing smart assistants such as Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Apple’s Siri, Google Assistant, and others.’
Called ‘Project Connected Home over IP’, the board says it welcomes device manufacturers and developers from across the industry to contribute.
‘While smart home devices are abundant, the lack of an industry-wide connectivity standard leaves people confused and frustrated’, said Nik Sathe from Google Nest.
‘It also places a heavy burden on manufacturers to make sure all devices are compatible with each other.’
This article was posted: Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 3:54 am