This morning it was quietly announced that Amazon, Apple, Google, the Zigbee Alliance and board members would create a new Working Group, named the Project Connected Home over IP.
Their aim is to create a new open standard for smart home devices that focuses on simplifying development for manufacturers, and increasing device compatibility for consumers.
The Working Group aims to take an open-source approach to the development of a new unified connectivity protocol.
This is very reminiscent of this xkcd comic.
Each company will bring some expertise to the table from their own market-tested technologies in order to bring this new technology to market as quickly as possible.
My first thought after reading this news was that it almost seems like an attack on Z-Wave.
None of the companies natively support Z-Wave devices; though Amazon and Google both support Z-Wave hubs like SmartThings.
It would be great to find out what it is about Z-Wave that doesn’t appeal to their standards.
Perhaps this is why Apple decided to speak at CES 2020, after almost a decade of absence.
Ultimately, this has the potential to be game changing in the smart home world, by essentially making hardware ecosystems moot, and allowing the consumer to decide how they want to control their smart home.
While I am personally excited to see this happen, I won’t hold my breath, only because they have only just created the working group.
This means that I don’t anticipate the standard to be defined or set for at least a year or so. I would bet the earliest we will see devices will be CES 2021 that show off this new standard.
Official Source: https://www.connectedhomeip.com/