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Tech Giants Collaborate on New Smart Home Standards

The goal is to create a standard allowing for improved smart home integration

The companies that develop gadgets for your smart home are learning that the smartest move of all might be collaboration.

Last month, Project Connected Home over IP, a new working group launched by Amazon, Apple, Google and the Zigbee Alliance—the latter a standards group that includes companies like IKEA and Samsung—went into operation. The new effort aims to create open standards for smart home technology, using the IP (internet protocol) addresses to manage the technology.

To put it another way, Google Assistant, Siri and Alexa-enabled devices will soon be able to talk to one another, which could hold great benefits for consumers who might in the past have been stuck with devices that favored one device over the other.

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