The game of alliances continues around the platforms for the smart home. This time, it’s the Swiss giant ABB, Robert Bosch and Cisco coming to announce the creation next to a joint venture to develop an Open Source software platform. The objective is to facilitate the interoperability of connected objects marketed by various manufacturers with a common platform. An initiative more while the Smart Home market is still far from be structured.
One of a lots of the projects of universal platform
ABB, Bosch, and Cisco have signed the agreement on November 27, 2014. As soon as the anti-competitive authorities have given the green light, the joint venture will be established in Germany. It is there that the three partners will develop a platform Open Source for the smart home, or rather the “Smart Home” as we must now call home automation. The company should be operational from the beginning of the year 2015.
The idea of creating a common platform the House objects to communicate with each other is of course excellent. That same shelf can control the lighting, air conditioning, audiovisual equipment or in the kitchen, all appliances. The problem is that each industrial wants to be the one who will develop this universal platform and will therefore draw a competitive advantage over its competitors. In recent months, the initiatives are therefore multiplied, each rallying to him to other players in the market with which it is not in head-on competition.
Apple unveiled its Homekit during WWDC 2014, attracting to it Haier, Philips, Broadcom. Google is well represented with Android@Home, project announced at Google I/O 2013. Another serious contender on the starting line, the Allseen alliance created by Qualcomm end 2013. This alliance, which seeks to promote the Open Source AllJoyn platform caught a few big fish in his net, including Microsoft, Haier, LG, Panasonic, Sharp, Technicolor, Cisco. The latter seems to play on several tables in order to not miss the revolution of the Internet of Everything.
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Source : “ABB, Bosch, and Cisco to Establish Joint Venture”, Communiqué de presse Bosch, Décember 1st, 2014