Companies strive to create a single standard that will make life easier for both users and developers.
In recent years, the popularity of smart home devices has grown significantly. Many companies release smart devices, but now there are several popular connection protocols that they need to support. The end consumer, in turn, has to look for gadgets that will be compatible with his central hub of a smart home (they can be smart speakers from Google, Apple, Amazon and other companies).
Therefore, Google decided to join Apple, Amazon, IKEA, Signify, Samsung SmartThings, Zigbee Alliance, as well as other companies that are working on a single universal standard for connecting smart home devices, which is based on the Internet protocol (IP).
Google in on my blog notes that IP has been used in her smart home devices since the original Nest Thermostat (2011). This standard provides end-to-end, private, and secure communications between smart devices, mobile apps, and cloud services. The company believes that the new IP-based standard will benefit both developers and end users. The first will simplify the development of new gadgets and reduce the cost of the production process, while the second will be able to buy devices and not be afraid that they will be incompatible with their smart home.
Google’s contribution is to provide other members of its two smart home technologies, which are based on the Internet protocol – Weave and Thread. They are already tested on the market, so they can help with their best practices to create a new standard. In turn, Apple and Amazon provide their technologies – HomeKit and Alexa Smart Home, respectively.
The new standard for smart home devices will be compatible with the Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa and Apple Siri platforms. In theory, this should give a good impetus to this category of devices. Read more about the standard at working group website.