From the announcement of Project Connected Home over IP, a joint effort between some of the biggest names in smart home technology:

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.

This is, without a doubt, the best-case scenario to ensure smart home technologies not only thrive, but continue to grow and thrive.

The current landscape of “this works with Alexa and Google Assistant, but not HomeKit”, or “this works with this assistant, but only with this hub” is an unmitigated disaster. How are non-technical consumers supposed to figure this stuff out?

We need a single, universal standard, built with security in mind, and that seems to be what Project Connected Home over IP is trying to figure out. Let’s hope for the best.