Apple, Google, Amazon, And Others Team Up to Create New Smart Home Standard @ InfoQ
"Connected Home over IP is a recently announced, joint effort by Apple, Google, Amazon, and the Zigbee Alliance to define a connectivity standard for smart home products. To accelerate this initiative, Apple has open sourced parts of its core technology for smart home connectivity.
According to the official announcement, the new open-source and royalty-free standard will leverage smart home technologies from Amazon, Apple, Google, and Zigbee Alliance members. Specifically, the new protocol aims to make it easier to build devices that are compatible with smart home and voice services such as Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri, Google’s Assistant, and others. Consumers should benefit from increased compatibility, too."