The Zigbee Alliance has announced that the launch of its Project Connected Home over IP project, which aims to create a universal open platform for managing smart home and IoT devices, is scheduled for 2021. In addition, on its official website, the Zigbee Alliance explained exactly what things the universal protocol can manage.
As a reminder, the Zigbee Alliance’s modern connected home project was announced in December 2019. Within its framework, it is planned to create a universal standard that will allow various manufacturers of household appliances to create and control smart home devices using a unified protocol. In the future, the platform will receive support for three digital voice assistants at once: Alexa from Amazon, Siri from Apple and Google Assistant. This will simplify the task of creating and managing a modern smart home.
The Zigbee Alliance is run by representatives from companies such as Ikea, Samsung SmartThings and Signify, of which Philips Hue is one of the brands.
As stated on the alliance website, “draft” of the standard will be presented before the end of this year, and a full version – in 2021. In addition, the alliance explained which electronic devices that will receive the universal protocol control function are in question. The list is pretty impressive. It includes: lighting and electrical devices (lamps, lamps, digital modules for controlling this lighting, plugs and sockets, etc.); controls for heating, ventilation and air conditioning (thermostats, various sensors and detectors, power supplies, and so on); door locks, garage doors; protective systems (sensors, detectors, security systems and cameras); windows, electric curtains, TVs, access points, switches and more. And this is not the whole list, as the group continues to study the issue of integrating into the platform “additional consumer appliances”.
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