What CHIP Says about the Future of Smart Home

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By Jonathan Collins | 1Q 2020 | IN-5740


Major Smart Home CE and Consumer Goods Players Commit to Standardization Effort


In late December 2019, Amazon, Apple, Google, and the Zigbee Alliance announced the Connected Home over Internet Protocol (CHIP) project. The project established a new working group to develop a new application layer smart home specification. The project, organized within the Zigbee Alliance, also brings engagement from a host of ZigBee Alliance board member companies including IKEA, Legrand, NXP Semiconductors, Resideo, Samsung SmartThings, Schneider Electric, Silicon Labs, Somfy, and Wulian. In a market long shackled by an inability to widely adopt broad standardization, the announcement offers significant potential, primarily from the commitment from heavyweights in the smart home market.

In addition, the timing of the CHIP announcement, just ahead of CES 2020, ensured that it would be a topic of debate among attending executives. Predictably, questions were raised about the project’s likelihood of success, or of meeting an aggressive timeline, but the consensus was that the heft of the companies behind the agreement signaled s…

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