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OCF blindsided by CHIP, urges Zigbee not to reinvent the wheel

The launch of the Connected Home over IP (CHIP) working group, housed inside the Zigbee Alliance, caught us off guard. Formed by Amazon, Apple, Google, and Zigbee, the group wants to create an interoperability standard for smart home devices. However, it appears that the Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) was also caught unawares, which is surprising, given that it has been plugging away at just such a standard for the past few years. We spoke to the OCF’s President, David McCall, also a Senior Director at Intel, looking to get a more detailed view of the events leading up to the CHIP announcement. We put it to McCall that, from the outside, it looked like the OCF had been quite quiet…

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