The Project CHIP alliance’s goal is to create a smart home standard that is interoperable.
Around the end of this year, the first Project CHIP approved smart home devices should be available on the market. Project CHIP is a collaboration between Amazon, Apple, Google, and 180 other companies to create a shared smart home standard.
The aim of the collaboration is to standardize and validate that all smart home devices are interoperable and compatible.
What exactly is Project CHIP?
In a nutshell, the Project CHIP (or Project Connected Home over IP) standard is made up of three technologies. The first is Bluetooth Low-Energy for device setup.
For high-bandwidth applications, CHIP requires that devices use Wi-Fi. Consider continuous video feeds from a security camera, or streaming between a phone and a Chromecast.
The Thread mesh network protocol is perhaps the most critical component. Low-bandwidth devices, such as sensors, can now communicate with one another. This is made possible by ensuring the Thread is consistent with all computers.
For customers, another advantage is that Project CHIP systems can work with all major voice assistants. While this has become more normal in recent years anyway, it would be good to not have to worry about it anymore.
Compatibility on Arrival
Anyone interested in smart home devices should be excited about Project CHIP’s potential. Over the last few years, the area has expanded dramatically. More compatibility between devices on the market, on the other hand, would result in renewed development.
As Project CHIP devices begin to roll out later this year, consumers can look for smart lighting, TVs, door locks, security systems, and thermostats. Thankfully, it seems that this will occur only in time for the holiday shopping season.
CHIP will begin certifying smart home devices in late 2021
Project CHIP will begin device certification in late 2021, according to an announcement made at a Zigbee Alliance event. This means the first Project CHIP-compatible smart home devices should be available during the holidays.
TVs, smart home controllers, lamps, blinds, HVACs, security systems, Wi-Fi routers, door locks, and other devices will be among the first CHIP-compatible devices, according to reports.
Manufacturers may also add CHIP support to older smart home devices through a firmware update or a bridge, but this will rely on a number of factors.
Bluetooth LE will be used for configuration, Wi-Fi for high-bandwidth devices such as surveillance cameras, and Thread for low-bandwidth devices in the CHIP standard.
CHIP was established to create a royalty-free smart home standard
There are currently multiple smart home standards and protocols, which confuses both OEMs and consumers. Manufacturers struggle to ensure that their products are compatible with other smart home devices, which is easier said than done.
The aim of this partnership is to create and improve a smart home standard that allows for application layer interoperability between different devices. In the end, this will result in a smart home that simply works, with different smart home products in your home communicating with one another.
For the time being, several questions about CHIP remain unanswered. What role will voice assistants play in CHIP devices? Would you have to download a new app each time you connect a CHIP-compatible smart home device? These reservations will be dispelled only after CHIP devices have been approved and released to the market.