Amazon Sidewalk – How Can This Help Smart Home Communication?
Amazon’s latest feature, Sidewalk, has finally launched in the U.S. on June 8, 2021. The new technology aims at keeping all the neighboring devices connected to the network by creating a mesh of networking devices. This is done by using a mix of Bluetooth and radio frequencies of the devices to communicate with each other. With smart home devices being adopted at a rapid rate, this will definitely benefit the users.
In a nutshell, Sidewalk is a localized network made explicitly for smart home devices in a certain area. Any Sidewalk-enabled devices can tap into this network to use it alongside someone’s home Wi-Fi, whereas Sidewalk Bridge devices are used to power the Sidewalk feature. Sidewalk Bridges currently include things like Amazon Echo Show 10 (3rd Gen), Amazon Echo (4th Gen), Amazon Echo Dot (4th Gen), Ring Spotlight Cam Wired, Ring Spotlight Cam Mount, and Ring Floodlight Camera. With Sidewalk enabled, users will be able to contribute a small portion of their internet bandwidth in order to create a shared network that benefits all Sidewalk-enabled devices.
Amazon also says Sidewalk can be used for simplifying the setup process for smart home devices, more easily finding lost items/pets with Tile trackers that tap into the Sidewalk network, and all sorts of other future applications that haven’t even been thought of yet.
In summary, the new feature can assist in solving many of the problems that we have been facing in the smart home world. Amazon says that the maximum bandwidth for a Sidewalk Bridge is 80Kbps, with there being a maximum monthly data usage of 500MB. Amazon has also promised that though the internet data is being shared between the devices, there will be no problems in terms of privacy. It has been designed to protect data with multiple encryption layers.
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