Amazon, Apple, Google and the Zigbee Alliance announced a new collaboration in the project Connected Home through IP. Something to look forward to: This means that the existing fragmented smart-stuff environment can now be viewed as a matter of the past, because of fierce competition between the companies making these products, the project aims to address the usability and security problems facing customers.
The smart home market was now supposed to have been larger, and one of the possible reasons for this is that technology companies have focused largely on developing distinct and hard to link apps with their competitors ‘ ecosystems.
Amazon, Apple, and Google have announced a joint effort with the Zigbee Alliance to define a new standard which will eliminate certain obstacles while making it easier for smart appliance manufacturers to grow. We will be joining in a partnership that will increase confidence, and encourage the use of intelligent things in Zigbee Alliance members such as the IKEA, the NXP Semiconductors and the Samsung SmartThings, the Schneider Electric.
The new effort is called the “Project Connected Home over IP” and is mainly a way to ensure that any device that you buy is workable with your existing home set-up and connect with your favorite smartphone or voice assistant. In other terms, it helps intelligent machines to speak a common language so that they can understand what other tools do, and how to communicate with them.
The success of this project depends upon the idea of making customers more likely to invest in the creation of mixed ecosystems that are “simple, secure and easy to use,” if companies build their goods for the use of IPC-based technologies.
The companies will take an open source approach, so that each organization can bring its own smart home technology on the table so that a standard Protocol with relatively low costs can be created as quickly as possible. This includes Amazon’s HomeKit Alexa, Siri’s Apple, Dotdot’s Zigbee, Weave and Google Thread.
After this new standard is available, it will work with current Wi-Fi, cellular and Bluetooth Low Energy networking standards. The logo on the boxes of intelligent things will make it easy for customers to differentiate which devices operate with one another, making things easier for manufacturers who no longer have to think about which requirements to follow. Developers will also be able to follow a “lifecycle events protocol such as supply / onboarding, removal, recovery, and upgrading apps.”
Keep in mind that a preliminary draft will be finished by end 2020 before you get too excited about the new plan, so we will probably need to wait at least 2021 to see the outcome of this project. And if you want these advantages, be prepared to buy a new smart product, because existing ones can not automatically work with the new protocol.
According to CNBC, the new industry will focus primarily on safety devices such as smart locks, gas sensors, smoke alarms, safety cameras, intelligent electronic plug-ins, window blinds, and thermostats. Then most other intelligent homes and industrial devices will be protected.
Market researchers predict that by the end of 2019 there are 815 million shipments on the international market for smart home products and that in 2023 they are set to grow to 1.4 billion units. Experts agree that the last number is somewhat ambitious, but that growth story seems plausible, if customers can quickly purchase and use goods from competing companies without too many headaches.