Apple, Amazon and Google will make your home smart enough…
...to collect the valuable data
Finally, there appears to be a standard for smart home systems. Apple, Amazon and Google will jointly develop a universal protocol.
You can call it a breakthrough to say the least. Finally, there seems to be a universal standard for smart home systems. Apple, Amazon and Google have joined forces to achieve that. To be precise, it is about setting up the Connected Home over IP standard. This should make it a lot easier for manufacturers to develop equipment that doesn’t work with just one specific smart home ecosystem, but works with Amazon Alexa, Apple’s Siri and Google Assistant.
Currently, implementing a certain smart home standard is still a costly business for manufacturers. Moreover, making a choice for a certain system is always annoying, because you exclude some of your potential customers in advance. An option is of course to simply support all standards, but that goes even further in the papers (and takes more development time). The Apple-Amazon-Google club is of course composed of the major players in the market and a standard of them will eventually become a universal standard.
What makes the project more likely to succeed is that the club of three is managed by the well-known Zigbee alliance. Google has also made its Thread and Weave network application and protocol available. It will take a while before the standard is really developed, think of two to three years. But afterwards many will shed a deep sigh of relief regarding smart home.