Financial Times reported Apple’s new smart home platform will work with iOS devices which will be used in controlling home’s lighting, security system like CCTV and other devices that can be connected on the platform.
This project will be launched by the company at Worldwide Developer Conference on June 2 next week. OS-based platform will combine a number of individual devices and controllers just to bring the “Internet of things” into a mainstream business.
Third-party device makers will be working with Apple to make their gadgets wok on Apple’s automation system. Once the new software platform will be connected to your device, it can turn on the lights every time a matched iPhone gets inside a building.
Last November, Apple outlined its ideas for home automation system in a patent filing. The move is viewed as a new competition in the market that challenges other device giants such as Samsung and Google which closed its $3.2 billion acquisition of Nest Labs, maker of the Learning Thermostat and the Protect smoke and carbon monoxide detector last February.
Apple is not the first one to attempt in making and unifying the smart home with a single standard and works on one controller. There are other companies such as Belkin’s WeMo home automation technology and SmarThings and ZigBee for open standards. The latter of which is compatible with more number of devices like Nest and products like Nest and Philips Hue.
As companies search for bigger chances to expand smartphones’ in the market, home automation became one of the target for new markets. Apple has created inroad with the automobile sector.
At WWDC 2013, Apple talked about its plan to make better integrate iOS into car dashboards screens. iBeacon is also running now for indoor navigation, automatic ticketing and location-relevant promotions. It is also debuted late last year on devices running iOS 7.