How Can We Fix The Issues With Smart Home Platforms?
While Alexa and Google Assistant still have a long way to go, they have still helped us from having different controller apps open at once to get something to work. In most cases, a smart home device that you purchase will come with its own app. If you have devices from different brands, you may have to deal with a dozen different apps. However, thanks to Google Assistant and Alexa, you can connect the hardware to the app and control it from there.
One trouble here is that the level of functionality goes down if you use Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa instead of the manufacturer’s app. Apple HomeKit has not been a big hit, mainly due to its closed ecosystem. However, regardless, the company is trying to develop a smart home platform with more functionality built into the one app.
Protocols like Zigbee and Z-Wave are also good solutions since they create a mesh network allowing your devices to communicate with each other. One major advantage of Amazon Echo Plus is that it comes with a built-in Zigbee hub, allowing for tighter integration with other Zigbee-enabled devices. This also lets you have a smart home that does not rely on the cloud. Thankfully, the future looks brighter and smarter with Project Connected Home over IP. It aims to create a definitive standard for smart home devices.
The planned protocol will complement existing technologies, and Working Group members encourage device manufacturers to continue innovating using technologies available today.
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