Apple, Google, and Amazon are working together to create an open-source smart home platform that ensures that devices work together, encourages the development of new devices, and keeps it safe in the process.
The project is designed to ensure that any compatible smart home system you buy can operate in your home, regardless of which smartphone or voice assistant you use. If the team succeeds, “customers can be assured that their chosen computer will operate in their home and that they will be able to set up and monitor it with their preferred system,” writes the businesses. Google added that you could “choose between Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri or other platforms.”
The project aims to ensure that your house can function for all compatible smart home devices, independent of the smartphone or voice assistant you are employing. The businesses will write: “If the team succeeds, clients can be assured that their chosen product can operate in their own homes and that they can use their desired program to set up and control it.” You can “choose from Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri or any other platforms.” Google says.
The three tech giants have large-scale funding from the smart home industry. They are creating a group called Project Connected Home over IP, which will also be joined by the Zigbee Alliance— the creator of another smart home protocol — and its many board members, including Ikea, Samsung SmartThings, and Signify, the company behind Philips Hue.
The specification will work alongside current networking protocols— such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth — instead of trying to replace them. The group says that devices would likely need to support Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Low Energy, or Thread (a much-discussed but little-used smart home protocol) to work with the network at all. The exact way a computer interacts will be up to its supplier.
The standard will also be based on an IP or an Internet protocol. This does not mean that all devices must connect directly to the Internet; rather, it is intended to simplify the process of getting messages from one location to another by depending on a well-known protocol. The group says it’s “ideal” to send messages from a smart home system to “another phone, app, or service” with “end-to-end security and privacy.”
For now, it’s hard to say what precisely the norm is capable of doing. Will it just give phones a way to connect with smart assistants like Siri and Alexa? Or is it going to standardize a wide range of smart home functions, such as dimming lighting, adjusting temperatures and opening windows, ensuring that assistants are capable of the same feats and can even be managed in the same way?
Everywhere, it’s already a big win for customers who need to find out more easily if some device works for them once that standard arrives. The immediate goal of ensuring devices work across the ecosystems of all three tech giants. Modern intelligent home devices tend to work with several smart home systems, but all three are not always supported, and system-wide set-up processes and maintenance can be different.
According to the CNBC, the team will focus first on physical security solutions. This includes burning alarms, door locks, intelligent connectors, security systems and controls on heating/air conditioning after that would come other home and even industrial devices.