Google, Apple, Amazon and the Zigbee Alliance have formed a new working group that plans to develop and promote the adoption of a new open standard for smart home devices.

Supporters and contributors of Connected Home over IP include IKEA, Legrand, Resideo, Samsung SmartThings, Schneider Electric, Signify (Philips Lighting) and Silicon Labs – it’s a solid line-up with plenty of technical and retail clout.

Connected Home over IP project will simplify development for manufacturers and increase compatibility for consumers seeking to easier integration of smart home solutions.

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 project will make it easier to build devices that are compatible with smart home and voice services such as Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri, Google Assistant and others. Development work and protocols from existing systems such as Amazon’s Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Google Weave and Zigbee Alliance’s Dotdot data models will be incorporated into the new standard.