While the Internet of Things continues to make an impact in the business world, the smart home market is relatively barren. Three of the biggest tech giants – Amazon, Apple, and Google – hope to change things by introducing a new smart home standard for device communication. News about the new standard appeared in CNET among other sources.
This effort is called Project Connected Home over IP. Notably, Microsoft isn’t part of this consortium. This is surprising, because Redmond has its own nascent home automation system using Windows 10 and Cortana.
Let’s take a closer look at Connected Home over IP. Is it the smart home standard that finally convinces you to embrace the IoT in your household?
The Details on Connected Home over IP
Simply put, the primary goal of Connected Home is to “simplify development for manufacturers and increase compatibility for consumers.” Currently, each of the main players in the field uses their own protocols. This adds device compatibility issues which are difficult for consumers. Security issues also hamper smart home adoption rates.
This new standard is being built on the venerable Internet Protocol – IP. Google explained that IP allows for “end-to-end, private and secure communication among smart devices, mobile apps, and cloud services.” All three tech giants want to make it easier for consumers to setup and manage a smart home system. Working together on a standard protocol ultimately helps this process.
Security remains a paramount concern. Recent news of hackers using Nest cameras to harass residents in their homes only serves to frighten potential adopters. The Connected Home consortium plans on making security a core design principle of the new standard.
Connected Home’s first specification release focuses on communication using WiFi and Bluetooth. They are using an open-source approach to developing the protocol. Eventually, the standard will grow to include other IP technologies, like Ethernet, cellular, and broadband.
Will Connected Home over IP Become the Dominant Smart Home Standard?
Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, and Google Assistant remain the three dominant control systems for the smart home. The fact all three are part of this group, along with smart home veterans, the Zigbee Alliance, bodes well for the nascent standard. The Zigbee Alliance includes many of the top device manufacturers in the home automation space.
In the end, we are at least a few years away from a new Connected Home protocol. Of course, finally having a useful smart home standard is a worthy goal. At that time, expect the Internet of Things to truly arrive in the household.
The advent of 5G and its lower latency also impacts smart home performance. When running an Internet speed test for the IoT, pay more attention to the ping result than the speed. Remember, low latency ensures a responsive smart home.