Project Connected Home Over IP is an ambitious attempt to combine Amazon, Apple, Google and Zigbee alliances with a unified, open source smart home platform, and the organization has just released its latest update to the project. It has been announced that work on the project is still under way and that its goal is to be released in 2021, with the first clear concept of what equipment the standard’s objectives are.
According to a blog post shared by the Zigbee Alliance, an organization that includes IKEA, Samsung SmartThings and Signify/Philips Hue as board members, the project is still expected to provide a “draft specification” for the new standards by the end of the year, with a full release date set for 2021.
In addition, the bulletin clarifies the type of smart home equipment for the project, including lighting and electrical (e.g. light bulbs, lamps, controllers, plugs, sockets), HVAC controls (e.g. thermostats, air conditioning units), access controls (e.g. door locks, garage doors), safety and security (e.g. sensors, detectors, safety systems), window coverings/curtains, televisions, access points, bridges, etc. The group is also exploring the integration of additional consumer electronics.
Project Connected Home Over IP announced in December 2019 that it is a unified standard that will make it easier for device manufacturers to create smart home hardware. The goal is that future devices will be able to easily add support for all three voice assistants at once – Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri and Google’s Assistant. This in turn will make it easier for you to set up and configure smart home devices with the system of your choice.