Apple, Amazon, Google and Zigbee towards an open standard for home automation

Apple, Amazon, Google and Zigbee Alliance today announced plans to establish and promote the adoption of a new open standard for the manufacture of interconnected home automation products. The project in question is called Connected Home over IP . The goal is to facilitate the certification of devices compatible with Siri, Alexa, Google Assistant and other similar systems by the manufacturers.

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<p>The agreement also includes Zigbee Alliance, a group that incorporates well-known brands such as IKEA, Legrand, NXP Semiconductors, Resideo, SmartThings, Schneider Electric, Signify, Silicon Labs, Somfy and Wulian who will work with Apple, Amazon and Google in the realization of the new free standard in which will be integrated the most widespread technologies of the three main producers, including Apple HomeKit, as well as Weave and Google Thread.</p><div class='code-block code-block-3' style='margin: 8px auto; text-align: center; display: block; clear: both;'>
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The new connection standard will be open-source, royalty-free and the source code will be published on GitHub, to allow access to anyone interested. The first drafts and preliminary documents will be produced by the end of 2020.

For end users, there will therefore be no immediate benefit, but from 2021 you can expect an increasing number of home automation devices (such as smart plugs, smart lights, cleaning robots, speakers…) capable of supporting almost all main platforms like HomeKit, Google Assistant and Alexa.

However, it is questionable whether the adherence of these companies to the new standard will also entail a retroactivity of the measures adopted, so as to make available on all platforms even the products today limited to certain technologies.