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TECH: Amazon, Apple and Google joining forces to make smart homes
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Amazon, Apple and Google joining forces to make smart homes
By Sophia Raymond

BT 202005 TECH 01In this evolving world, it’s quite obvious that technology makes our life easier. Whether it's shopping, traveling or communication, everything seems seamless and is just a few clicks away. Technology has been growing rapidly and now, three of the largest smart home and voice assistant suppliers, Amazon, Apple, and Google, have teamed up through Project Connected Home Over IP to provide internet connected smarter homes that are easier and more secure. They have also partnered with the Zigbee Alliance which works on the Internet of Things. Some of the key contributors include Zigbee Alliance board member companies IKEA, Legrand, NXP Semiconductors, Resideo, Samsung SmartThings, Schneider Electric, Signify (formerly Philips Lighting), as well as Silicon Labs, Somfy, and Wulian, all working to create the best standard and ensure the devices work well with each other.





What is “Project Connected Home Over IP” ?

BT 202005 TECH 04Amazon, Apple, Google, and Zigbee have teamed up to develop an open source and royalty free standard to connect easily with smart home devices. This brand new standard will also work with existing protocols like WIFI, Bluetooth, thread, etc., so anyone can make use of it to develop a seamless smart home with increased compatibility and enhanced security. This project also uses tested smart home devices such as Amazon’s Alexa Smart Home, Apple’s HomeKit, Google’s Weave and Zigbee Alliance’s Dotdot data models.

BT 202005 TECH 02什么是“通过互联网协议(IP)的家庭互联项目”?




How will it work

BT 202005 TECH 03First and foremost, this project is aimed at making smart homes where the devices are connected using the IP address to offer reliable, secure and seamless connectivity. In this project, communication between smart home devices is the key factor. So, Internet protocol (IP) is built upon to allow connectivity among the smart home devices, smartphones, mobile applications, and other cloud services. Also, for device certification, a specific set of IP-based networking technologies is to be implemented.

Internet protocol (IP) being the most commonly used network layer in the home and office environment, the working group plans to develop an open source connectivity approach building upon IP which can be used by anyone. Through using IP, end-to-end security and privacy are also covered during the connection between multiple devices or applications. Nowadays, many smart home devices are already using certain protocols and proxies to connect with the home network. With this new standard, smart devices can be directly connected with standardized networking equipment. Apart from that, the working group will set specific IP-based networking technology for device certification, and manufactures must implement a minimum of one technology for seamless connectivity.

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The end goal

Apples HomePodApple's HomePod

The ultimate goal of this project is to offer seamless connectivity between the home devices which any vendor can use. The working group aims to enhance the compatibility of the smart home devices to provide a better consumer experience. Developing this protocol will gradually increase the chances of the adoption of smart home devices. Since smart home devices are still growing. The IoT product from one brand to another will be interoperable. Currently, for instance, Google’s home assistant won't work with Amazon’s smart bulbs, so it is necessary to stick with one brand when choosing IoT products. However, by the end of this project, you will be able choose different companies as all will be compatible with other smart home devices, and you will be able to configure and control them from your system. Security of IoT products has also been a concern, and in this major collaboration, the working group aims to offer end-to-end security and privacy.

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The global smart home market is set to grow $172.5 billion by 2025. With these major plans going ahead at a rapid pace, we will soon be able to connect smart devices easily without getting frustrated figuring out which smart devices work with each other. It’s still uncertain when the products will be released, but this alliance is aiming to have its new protocol ready by the end of this year. Initially, they plan to focus on physical safety devices such as smoke alarms, door locks, smart plugs, security systems, and heating or air conditioning controls, and the rest of the devices will be developed later.

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