Apple has opened the source code for some smart home software solutions to “speed up the development” of new industry standards, The Verge writes. Some Apple HomeKit Accessory Development Kit (ADK) components have been made available to all interested developers. Apple, Google and Amazon will find a common solution for smart home so that they can experiment with them regardless of their relationship with the corporation.
The company took this step after Apple, Google and Amazon began to actively lobby for the creation of a single open standard for smart home systems. The “Connected Home” project is designed to combine and assemble into a single system all the smart home devices manufactured by these companies over an IP network, as well as to ensure their interaction with each other. This is primarily about Amazon Alexa, Google Weave and Apple HomeKit along with other systems and gadgets. So Apple has taken a big step towards a single industry standard.
HomeKit devices can be controlled from any Apple gadget. However, HomeKit itself will not become completely open: it is only about the fact that developers will be able to ensure compatibility of any of their devices with HomeKit. At the same time, manufacturers will still need to access the HomeKit MFi Program in order to connect to commercial versions of the Accessory Protocol Specification and sell their devices. But prototyping devices will become much easier and simpler, and for this you will not need to spend money on participating in the MFi program.
Amazon, Google and Apple will create a unified smart home standard
Amazon, Google and Apple will create a unified smart home standard: they are developing a common program Connected Home over IP (CHIP). CHIP will have an open source code, and manufacturers will not have to pay royalties for use. The Zigbee Alliance will also join the CHIP Developer Alliance. The combination will allow companies to use one standard for all devices, allowing you to connect Internet of things gadgets from different manufacturers.
According to CNBC, over the past year, the number of devices for smart homes in the world has grown to almost 815 million, and by 2023 to 1.39 billion devices. Today, consumers can easily buy a smart lock for their home. But he will have to figure out whether to buy one that works with Amazon Echo, Google Home, or Apple HomeKit.
First of all, the project participants will deal with security devices: smoke alarms and carbon dioxide sensors, smart doors and locks, security systems and sockets. Then solutions will be found for other devices.
The IDC report says that by the end of 2019, the market for smart home devices will grow by 23.5% worldwide. Up to 815 million devices will be sold this year, and 1.39 billion devices in 2023.
More convenient and affordable
The solution will make the work of developers more convenient and easier. There will be a single standard, a single interface, common principles, including system settings. Consumers will be fine too. Once upon a time there were only two models of working with smart homes: an expensive custom one (a solution for each project) and a cheap one from manufacturers. Telecom operators quickly picked up this idea, and large IT companies began to develop their devices.