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When the enterprise is to be popular for smart home

Date:2018/05/02  Click:200 times
With the development of science and technology, the popularity of mobile phones and the development of wireless technology, as well as the various investment and layout of technology companies in the field of smart home, making this seemingly far away intelligent equipment, gradually entered our life.

Although many brands on the market, but most of them are unrelated, this situation is also reasonable. Want Amazon to open the door for you and allow the courier to send it into the door? It needs an Amazon home security camera Cloud Cam, as well as a designated smart lock for Katn (Kwikset) or Yale (Yale). Want to have a home security system driven by the Google (Google) smart home brand Nest? It needs another smart door lock from Yale, and it can't be compatible with the smart doorbell of startup Ring (now bought by Amazon). If you are interested in apple (Apple) smart home platform HomeKit, then you will not be able to install the Nest security system, and Siri will not be able to perform the instructions to view Cloud Cam.

At the beginning of the month, according to foreign media reports, Amazon will stop selling Google's smart home brand Nest products, making it more rugged to support each other's bramble Amazon and Google products. Allegedly, as early as the end of last year, Amazon had told Nest that it would no longer be on the shelves of Nest's new products, including intelligent thermostat and other devices. In response to this news, Amazon declined to comment, nor did Google respond. But it is reported that Google Nest has decided to stop selling its products on Amazon platform. Amazon only stops selling Nest devices in its own products, but the third party seller on the platform can still sell Nest products. Amazon has previously stopped selling Google products, such as smart audio Chromecast and Home, because these two products compete directly with Amazon's Fire TV and Echo.

The impetus for this situation is obvious: Amazon, Google and apple technology giants regard smart homes as the virgin land that needs to be developed, and they want to separate the existing markets through their own ecosystems. Although they show a certain degree of openness to their partners, they also use their hardware devices to develop exclusive functions. Therefore, if you buy too much of a brand, you will be far away from other brands.

However, this is not necessarily the case. Internet will not prohibit some netizens from browsing the web on the basis of personal preference for browsers. Similarly, the Internet of Things shouldn't prohibit people from enjoying some services because they buy "wrong" smart cameras or smart speakers. Smart home devices should be interoperable, and technology giants need to change their way of thinking and improve their industry standards.

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At present, several major technology giants have taken the same measures to smart home and mobile devices several years ago. They run counter to the idea of interoperability and design their own platforms. Developers use the tools within the platform to create applications. Instead of realizing interoperability, the application store is in an endless stream and dazzling.

All these are incompatible with the open network environment. The ZigBee Alliance (ZigBee Alliance) is committed to the interaction of smart homes, and the alliance President Tobin Richardson says, "in the past, they always talked about the" API, Application Programming Interface ", but the difference between them is very far. An open API data interface means that you can program with my system. In fact, this is not an open ecosystem, just telling the other person: you can say, I listen. "

For smart phones and tablet devices, a closed strategy is not a bad idea. At least for apple and Google, because their platforms almost monopolize the whole market. Compared with web applications, native applications (native apps) are more streamlined and efficient. In addition, the two big platforms divide the market, which is a good thing for consumers and developers. This is a big gospel for choosing difficult patients.

However, the smart home market is slightly complex. Several mainstream platforms work together in some ways but compete in other ways. For example, you can't use Amazon Echo to control Nest thermostat, nor can you view any of the Nest's cameras through Amazon Fire TV. However, you can direct Alexa to open the Nest family safety system, and when Nest's smart bell Hello rings, you can also ask who is knocking at the door. Consumers have to make trade-offs: whether the products they intend to buy can work together with other brands that they admire. Compared to "buying iPhone or Android mobile," this decision is more difficult.

Consumers can buy products that are compatible with a variety of platforms, to some extent, to resolve this headache, such as the Ecobee thermostat, which works with all the mainstream voice assistants, or the August smart lock that fits perfectly with HomeKit, Nest, Alexa and other platforms. Consumers can also rely on IFTTT (if this, then that) and Stringify as "network automation artifact" to solve the problem of cross platform and cross equipment synchronization. The products that belong to different fields can link each other.

However, from a certain point of view, it is no easy task to maintain compatibility of all platforms and devices. It's harder for developers.

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