Apple, Amazon, Google, and the Zigbee Alliance announced a new working group that plans to develop and promote the adoption of a new IP-based connectivity standard for smart home products, with a focus on increased compatibility, security, and simplified development for manufacturers.
Zigbee Alliance board member companies such as IKEA, Legrand, NXP Semiconductors, Resideo, SmartThings, Schneider Electric, Signify, Silicon Labs, Somfy, and Wulian are also onboard to join the working group and contribute to the project.
The industry working group will take an open-source approach for the development and implementation of a new, unified connectivity protocol.
The Project aims to make it easier for device manufacturers to build devices that are compatible with smart home and voice services such as Siri, Alexa, Google Assistant, and others by defining a specific set of IP-based networking technologies for device certification.
The project will be based on four existing proprietary standards, such as Apple’s HomeKit, Google’s Weave and Thread, Amazon’s Alexa Smart Home and Zigbee Alliance’s Dotdot data models.
The new connectivity standard will be open source and royalty free, with code to be maintained on GitHub. The working group has a goal to release a draft specification and a preliminary reference implementation in late 2020.