While most folks are still getting used to the marvelous idea that their smartphones are always connected to the internet, some people are already looking towards the future and the so called “internet of everything”.
Smart Homes, where appliances and HVAC systems are always connected and can be controlled via apps on smartphones are part of this vision of the future, and now a consortium of companies is looking to create a common standard on which this vision can be built.
ABB, Bosch, Cisco, and LG are looking to work together to create a standard software platform on which all this future interconnectivity can be based on. While such smart systems already exist, most of them rely on different standard and can’t properly “talk” to each other.
The companies named here are looking to create a common set of functions, standards, features and security measures that will allow all appliances and systems to connect via physical wires or Wifi to a central hub, that will allow users to control those systems via apps on other devices.
The goal is to create the foundation on which all electronics manufacturers can then create an interconnected ecosystem; and while there’s no timeframe mentioned in the announcement, the sooner standardization comes to this field the sooner more users will get to experience it.