Technology giants Amazon, Apple, and Google’s open-source smart home standard is on track for a 2021 launch

The Project Connect Home over IP aims to establish interoperable communication IP specifications for smart home products, mobile apps, and cloud services, so that services such as Apple Siri, Amazon Alexa, and Google Assistant can be executed on different devices.

In December last year, Google, Apple, Amazon and the Zigbee Alliance announced the Project Connected Home over IP to develop a unified standard that would make it easier for device manufacturers to create smart home hardware. After 8 months of development, the Zigbee Alliance announced the progress yesterday , indicating that a draft will be released by the end of this year. The specifications will be officially released in 2021.

The Project Connect Home over IP is a new Working Group that develop and promote the adoption of a new, royalty-free connectivity standard to increase compatibility among smart home products, with security as a fundamental design tenet. 

The development work is scheduled to release a draft specification by the end of 2020, and release the standard in 2021. Project Connected Home over IP has just posted its latest update on the project., the project agreement and the structure completed by 30 cross-functional teams on GitHub .

The Zigbee Alliance, which manages this specification, further stated that the project focuses on include lighting and electrical appliances (such as lights, plugs/sockets), heating and cooling equipment control (central air conditioning, heating, etc.), access control (door Locks, garage doors), security and security (sensors, detectors, security systems), curtains/windows, TVs, wireless routers, etc., will also include more types of consumer electronics in the future.

Zigbee Alliance members also include IKEA, Samsung, and Schneider Electric. The alliance also announced that Swedish electronic lock supplier ASSA ABLOY, Texas central air-conditioning controller supplier Resideo, STMicroelectronics and IoT control App supplier Tuya have joined the Zigbee Alliance board of directors to jointly promote this project.