An Attempt to Clear Smart Device Connectivity Hurdles
- Mar 23, 2020 9:26 pm GMT
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A lack of standards is one challenge facing utilities developing intelligent energy devices. Currently, connecting a smart energy meter to a smart light is challenging because the products lack a common network interface. The Zigbee Alliance is trying to address that limitation with its Project Connected Home over IP initiative.
The group has begun developing a connectivity standard designed to simplify deployment and integration of smart home devices. Support for the work is widespread. Amazon, Apple, Google, and the Zigbee Alliance formed the Working Group. IKEA, Legrand, NXP Semiconductors, Resideo, Samsung SmartThings, Schneider Electric, Signify (formerly Philips Lighting), Silicon Labs, Somfy, and Wulian plan to contribute to the work.
The industry Working Group is taking an open-source approach with the development of its protocol. Consequently, utilities and vendors will be able to use the software for free. The Project Connected Home over IP working group plans to deliver its first release of the specification by the end of the year. Compliant products and services should start to arrive in 2021.
How much interest does your company have in such work? What impact do you think it will have on the residential home energy market?