New standard for home automation
Apple, Google, Amazon and the Zigbee alliance have teamed up to create a working group whose mission is to develop a new standard for automating smart homes. The future standard, called “Connected Home over IP”, or CHIP for short, will make it simpler for builders to develop their products and ensure compatibility for consumers. Zigbee’s involvement in this project guarantees the participation of its many members, including Ikea, Legrand, Schneider Electric, Signify, Somfy, and others. This means that many different smart home appliances will be able to communicate with one another seamlessly. CHIP is a standard that is easy to adopt (open source, royalty-free) for many networked technologies, including Wi-Fi, Thread and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). It will guarantee end-to-end data security. The CHIP working group plans on releasing a draft specification at the end of 2020.
⇨ Google Developers, Ron Amadeo, “Project Connected Home over IP.”
⇨ Ars Technica, Ron Amadeo, “Apple, Google, and Amazon create “CHIP,” a new smart home standard.”