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OCF bites back against new CHIP Alliance for the smart home

As we briefly covered in last week’s edition, Amazon, Apple and Google have come together to create a working group within the Zigbee Alliance to focus on a new open source standard for the smart home – with no sign of involvement from a far older group with a similar aim, the Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF). But the OCF quickly fired back, raising the specter of yet another standards battle in the smart home environment. The new ZigBee initiative is called Connected Home over IP (CHIP). Rather than the current situation, in which multiple radio options are connected to multiple application layers via an IP connection, CHIP wants to create a common application layer, sitting above the common IP layer,…

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