The alliance between the three major Smart Home Platform may come to life as they expect the first chips to ship by the end of 2021.
Project CHIP (Project Connected Home over IP) was first announced last 2019 between Google, Apple, Amazon and Zigbee Alliance. Some of the Zigbee Alliance board member companies includes IKEA, Legrand, NXP Semiconductors, Samsung SmartThings, Schneider Electric, Signify (formerly Philips Lighting), and Silicon Labs. They are among those who formed the working alliance with the vision to manufacturing development and give consumers better compatibility to their smart home devices. It was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The aim of the working group is to eventually replace the Zigbee and Z-wave standards and make smart home devices eventually be cross compatible with each other. Gone will be the days where you scramble to think if it’s Google, Alexa or Apple who’s connected to your lights or door lock.
The CHIP standard will be built around the core technologies of Bluetooth LE for setup, WiFi for high-bandwidth use cases, like streaming video from a security camera, and Thread mesh network protocol for low-bandwidth devices such as motion sensors. Thread has already been included in several smart home devices like the Apple HomePod, Google Nest Hub and in some of Eve Smart Sensors.
The devices that will harness the new technology might be with lighting, blinds, TVs, door locks, security systems, and Wi-Fi routers as they are currently the most used smart device systems.
We will let you know once we have any available update on this promising venture.
And while the aim is to eventually supersede standards such as Zigbee and Z-Wave – which currently join together devices based on which voice assistant they work with – it’s important to remember that there’s also no guarantee it’ll gain the momentum required to become the ubiquitous solution to the smart home’s problems.