Apple, Google, and Amazon have announced that they are coming together in order to make home tech easier to use. The firms will work together along with the Zigbee Alliance so that smart home products are compatible with many different smartphones and voice assistants. Zigbee Alliance board member companies include IKEA, Legrand, NXP Semiconductors, Resideo, Samsung SmartThings, Schneider Electric, Signify (formerly Philips Lighting), Silicon Labs, Somfy, and Wulian.
According to an official communiquè, “the goal of the Connected Home over IP project is to simplify development for manufacturers and increase compatibility for consumers.”
The companies will also build on Internet Protocol to enable communication across smart home devices, mobile apps, and cloud services and to define a specific set of IP-based networking technologies for device certification. The official statement noted that the industry working group will take an open-source approach for the development and implementation of a new, unified connectivity protocol.
These companies have associated to accelerate the development of smart products and ensure both manufacturers and customers get the benefits. Moreover, the project aims to make it easier for device manufacturers to build devices that are compatible with smart home and voice services.