Project Connected Home over IP is a new working group, announced in December, 2019, that plans to develop a new connectivity standard to increase compatibility among smart home products. Amazon is participating in the working group with Apple, Google, and other Zigbee Alliance members. The working group invites everyone in the industry to bring their existing and new ideas to this nascent effort.
The working group was announced in December, 2019. No specification or standard exists yet. You should use existing connectivity standards and technologies available today, including Wi-Fi and Zigbee, to meet the needs of your customers.
While the project intends to leverage development work and protocols from existing systems, including Alexa smart home, the standard is not yet defined. The set of technologies and components that will be included is not yet known, and will be decided as part of the working group effort.
We will have more to share on future plans later as draft specifications are delivered. In the meantime, we look forward to participating in the working group and the Zigbee Alliance to help develop open connectivity standards that benefit device makers and smart home customers.
You can connect your devices to Alexa using a wide variety of the most popular open standards and protocols, including Wi-Fi, Zigbee, Bluetooth, and more. You can connect locally to an Echo device or Echo smart home hub, and you can build a smart home skill to connect from your cloud to Alexa. You can also connect devices to the Internet and Alexa using ACK and an Amazon-managed hardware module. You can learn more here.