The smart home industry is expected to usher in standard unification, and Apple, Google and Amazon jointly create a new standard for smart homes

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There are many types of smart homes, and various types of devices are incompatible, but this situation is expected to be changed recently.

According to foreign media reports, Amazon, Google and Apple reached a rare partnership on Wednesday aimed at creating a new standard for smart homes and making them more convenient for consumers.

Currently, Amazon, Google, and Apple are all actively competing for smart home users, but the competition itself creates confusion and trouble for consumers and manufacturers of smart home products, as consumers must buy compatible smart home systems. product.

According to data released by IDC in September this year, the number of smart home devices worldwide will reach nearly 815 million units this year, a year-on-year increase of 23.5%, and this number will increase to 1.39 billion units in 2023. To achieve this market size, and to keep consumers sane, we need some kind of standard that allows all smart products to be interconnected.

That’s why three major rivals, Apple, Google, and Amazon, have joined forces. Today, you may need to buy a smart lock, but first figure out whether the lock is compatible with the Amazon Echo (which uses the Zigbee standard), or with Google Home or Apple HomeKit.

The same headache extends to companies that make smart devices. They need to decide from the start whether their product supports the Zigbee standard, or the Apple or Google standard. Once a decision is made, they need to keep updating throughout the life of the device to ensure it is safe on all platforms. This time, the new standard that Apple, Google and Amazon are preparing to jointly create is to solve the above problems.

Called Project Connected Home over IP, the collaboration aims to create a new standard for the smart home, where people can buy a product knowing if it’s compatible with smart systems in the home , and these products are safe. In the future, smart home products will have a logo on the box to let consumers know if it’s built and supported by the “IP-based Connected Home Project.”

“The project is built on a shared belief that smart home devices should be safe, secure and seamless to use,” the three companies said in a press release. The project is based on Internet Protocol (IP) and aims to Enables communication between smart home devices, mobile applications and cloud services, and defines a specific set of IP-based network technologies for device authentication.”

In addition to Apple, Google and Amazon, ZigBee Alliance companies will join the partnership, including Samsung SmartThings, Schneider Electric, Signify (Philips Lighting), IKEA, NXP Semiconductors and Resideo, among others.

The alliance will initially focus on physical security smart home devices such as smoke alarms and carbon dioxide sensors, smart door locks, security systems, electrical plugs, shades and HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) controls before expanding to other types equipment and business solutions.

The consortium plans to release a draft specification and preliminary open-source material late next year, and it’s unclear when the first products will be available.

In China, a smart home interconnection alliance has also been established, and Alibaba and OPPO have begun to cooperate to promote the implementation of this alliance.

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