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.
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