Categories
Latest News

Apple and Google-backed smart home standard will launch in 2021

Advertisement

Echo DotSource: Amazon

What you need to know

  • An alliance of companies is working to create a unified standard for the smart home industry.
  • Project Connected Home over IP is backed by Apple, Amazon, and Google.
  • The latest update says the platform is on track for a release next year.

The Zigbee Alliance has announced that Project Connected Home over IP, a plan to unify smart home connectivity with a single standard platform, is on track to be released next year.

In an announcement yesterday, the group stated:

When we set out in December 2019 to create a unifying standard for the smart home industry, there was naturally a lot of excitement — and of course, questions. Would this global consortium truly be able to bring this new standard to market? How long would it take? What products would actually emerge? Would we be able to pull off our promise to unify a fragmented industry under a single connectivity standard that would help companies focus on creating experiences over "plumbing"?

Eight months later, we are indeed executing on that vision as our progress has garnered global recognition and strength in membership, participants and technology. We are on track to deliver a draft specification by late 2020, and continue to drive towards our goal of releasing the standard in 2021.

The group says it has grown "by an order of magnitude" and now boasts more than 145 active companies, and that it is beginning to focus on the smart home devices that it will initially target such as "lighting and electrical (e.g., light bulbs, luminaires, controls, plugs, outlets), HVAC controls (e.g., thermostats, AC units), access control (e.g., door locks, garage doors), safety and security (e.g., sensors, detectors, security systems), window coverings/shades, TVs, access points, bridges and others."

Advertisement

Verizon is offering the Pixel 4a for just $10/mo on new Unlimited lines

The Zigbee Alliance announced back in December its plan to simplify the development of home automation accessories and appliances by creating a secure, reliable and seamless standard of connectivity that can be used by all smart home manufacturers to improve the user experience. It could in theory lead to far better integration of smart home devices so that customers have much more variety and choice when it comes to smart home automation, rather than finding themselves boxed into one single ecosystem. The latest report says we may get to reap the benefits of the venture as early as 2021.

PUBG Mobile hits v1.0 with new gameplay features, visual improvementsPUBG Mobile hits v1.0 with new gameplay features, visual improvements

PUBG Mobile hits v1.0 with new gameplay features, visual improvements

PUBG Mobile version 1.0 is here with enhanced visuals and a ton of new gameplay features.

Google's Phone app is coming to more non-Pixel phones with 'Verified Calls'Google's Phone app is coming to more non-Pixel phones with 'Verified Calls'

Google's Phone app is coming to more non-Pixel phones with 'Verified Calls'

Google’s Phone app now offers a new feature called Verified Calls, allowing you to confirm the identity of a business and know why they’re calling even before you answer their call.

Everything you need to know about the PS5: Release date, price, and moreEverything you need to know about the PS5: Release date, price, and more

Everything you need to know about the PS5: Release date, price, and more

Sony has officially confirmed that it is working on the PlayStation 5. Here's everything we know about it so far.

These are the best smart plugs that work with Alexa and Google AssistantThese are the best smart plugs that work with Alexa and Google Assistant

These are the best smart plugs that work with Alexa and Google Assistant

Save on your energy costs with smart plugs that work with Google Assistant and Alexa. Here are some of our favorites that are compatible with multiple smart voice assistants.

Original Article

Advertisement

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *