On Dec 18 Apple announced that Amazon, Apple, Google, Zigbee Alliance and board members form working group to develop open standard for smart home devices. That should be very good for home automation by promoting open standards, and Apple’s focus in HomeKit on security, among other things, should benefit every company and customer invested in home automation.
From Apple’s announcement.
Project Connected Home over IP Intends to Simplify Development for Device Manufacturers and Increase Compatibility for ConsumersApple’s announcement
Amazon, Apple, Google, and the Zigbee Alliance today announced a new working group that plans to develop and promote the adoption of a new, royalty-free connectivity standard to increase compatibility among smart home products, with security as a fundamental design tenet. Zigbee Alliance board member companies such as IKEA, Legrand, NXP Semiconductors, Resideo, Samsung SmartThings, Schneider Electric, Signify (formerly Philips Lighting), Silicon Labs, Somfy, and Wulian are also onboard to join the working group and contribute to the project.
In Apple’s Platform Security Guide they included a lot on HomeKit security that this alliance should benefit from. Here is a link to the beginning of the section of the guide on HomeKit security. And here is a screenshot of that section of the Table of Contents.