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Amazon, Google, Apple, and the Zigbee Alliance announced a new partnership called Project Connected Home over IP. It will create a new smart home standard so their products can work together. Sadly, we won’t see a draft specification until late next year. But the good news is that the partnership is announced and there will be a spec and open source materials, too.

Amazon turned the smart home space (aka the Internet of Things, or IoT) on its head with the advent of its Echo line of products. Alexa Voice Services compatibility is a “must have” capability for any smart home product and so, in practice, the de facto standard is simply being Alexa compatible.

However, tighter integrations would be beneficial to the entire ecosystem. For consumers, this standard should provide the illusive “plug it in and it works” feature that every DIYer craves.

September stats from IDC say the “worldwide market for smart home devices is expected to grow 23.5% year over year in 2019 to nearly 815 million device shipments.” If Project Connected Home over IP reaches its promised potential, that number will dramatically increase.


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About Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and writes a popular daily business blog. He's a bestselling author, and the creator of the popular, free online course, Generative AI for Execs. Follow @shellypalmer or visit



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