New Delhi | Jagran Tech Desk: In a first, technology giants Amazon, Apple and Google are partnering to lay the groundwork for better compatibility among their smart home products, the companies announced on Wednesday. Zigbee Alliance, whose members include NXP Semiconductors, IKEA, Legrand, Resideo, Samsung SmartThings, Schneider Electric, Signify (formerly Philips Lighting), Silicon Labs, Somfy and Wulian will also contribute to the project titled 'Connected Home Over IP'. The group aims to make it easier for device manufacturers to build products that are compatible with smart home and voice services such as Google Assistant, Siri and Alexa. 

The project-- Connected Home over IP-- is aimed at simplifying development for manufacturers and raise compatibility among consumers. It is built around a shared belief that smart home devices should be secure, seamless and reliable to use.

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In a statement, Apple said, "By building upon Internet Protocol (IP), the project aims to enable communication across smart home devices, mobile apps, and cloud services and to define a specific set of IP-based networking technologies for device certification."

"The decision to leverage these technologies is expected to accelerate the development of the protocol, and deliver benefits to manufacturers and consumers faster," the statement added.

Amazon had launched a similar initiative earlier this year that allows users to access Alexa, Microsoft Corporations' Cortana and multiple other voice-controlled virtual assistant services from a single device.

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The project intends to use contributions from market-tested smart home technologies from Google, Apple, Amazon, Zigbee Alliance, and others. The working group of the industry will take an open-source approach for development of the implementation of latest, unified connectivity protocol.  

Posted By: James Kuanal