Resideo now part of Zigbee Alliance board of directors in development of project connected home over IP

The Zigbee Alliance announced Thursday that Resideo Technologies has joined its Board of Directors. Along with other Zigbee Alliance promoter member companies, Resideo also will play a vital role in the Connected Home over IP project, which aims to simplify development for manufacturers and increase device compatibility for consumers.

Resideo provides intuitive, connected home solutions and manufactures an array of smart home solutions, some that carry the Honeywell Home brand. The company has controls in more than 150 million homes worldwide and is focused on offering consumers a simpler, more intuitive smart home experience that helps keep families and loved ones safe, comfortable and secure.

Resideo has more than 130 years of residential heritage and today is focused on protecting a home’s four main networks: air, water, energy, and security. Through its expansive ‘Works with Honeywell Home’ API program, the organization offers homeowners more than 4,000 partner connections – and through its network of more than 110,000 professionals they can learn about solutions to help protect property, conserve water, and reduce energy costs.

“As a global leader in the connected home industry, it’s our responsibility to partner with other established companies to help drive standards and value for the intelligent living landscape,” said Scott Harkins, vice president and general manager, Connected Home, Resideo. “We take an open architecture approach, and our involvement in industry standards organizations like the Zigbee Alliance helps set the course for market players and facilities to have stronger compatibility between products and ecosystems to make smart home connections easier for homeowners.”

Resideo’s new air, water, energy, and security solutions and services allow consumers to proactively monitor home systems to prevent appliance failure or dwelling damage. 

Project Connected Home over IP is a new Working Group that plans to develop and promote the adoption of a new, royalty-free connectivity standard to increase compatibility among smart home products, with security as a fundamental design tenet.

Amazon, Apple, Google, and the Zigbee Alliance joined together to promote the formation of the Working Group. Zigbee Alliance board member companies IKEA, Legrand, NXP Semiconductors, Resideo, Samsung SmartThings, Schneider Electric, Signify (formerly Philips Lighting), Silicon Labs, Somfy, and Wulian are also on board to join the Working Group and contribute to the project.

The goal of the Connected Home over IP project is to simplify development for manufacturers and increase compatibility for consumers. The project is built around a shared belief that smart home devices should be secure, reliable, and seamless to use. 

By building upon Internet Protocol (IP), the project aims to enable communication across smart home devices, mobile apps, and cloud services and to define a specific set of IP-based networking technologies for device certification.

The industry Working Group will take an open-source approach for the development and implementation of a new, unified connectivity protocol. The project intends to use contributions from market-tested smart home technologies from Amazon, Apple, Google, Zigbee Alliance, and others. The decision to leverage these technologies is expected to accelerate the development of the protocol, and deliver benefits to manufacturers and consumers faster. 

Resideo addresses the quality of indoor air with whole home monitoring, filtration, and humidification solutions; understands how the home reacts and recovers to changing weather conditions. With that data, the smart thermostat knows how to adjust the schedule while using the least amount of energy possible; detects a water leak and remotely or automatically shut off the water. It also monitors performance of a home’s critical appliances, like a furnace or water heater, to remotely diagnose maintenance issues, and deliver entry-level security protection with the ability to scale to a fully integrated smart home security solution.

“Resideo is synonymous with residential home controls, having created the original thermostat when it was still part of Honeywell,” said Tobin Richardson, president and CEO, Zigbee Alliance. “Fast forward to 2020 and they are now a leader across the connected home and bring tremendous technological resources to our Alliance. Their breadth of connected solutions allows companies using the Zigbee protocol in their products to help simplify the smart home experience for consumers.”

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