The Home Connectivity Alliance (HCA), which includes manufacturers such as Beko, Grundig, Samsung and, as of a few days ago, LG, has made a real breakthrough. They will show a first demo of C2C (Cloud to Cloud) connectivity, which links devices from different manufacturers, at IFA 2022 in Berlin.
Home Connectivity Alliance unveils C2C connectivity demo
The goal of the Home Connectivity Alliance is to enable secure, long-term interoperability between Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems and TVs within a connected multi-vendor ecosystem.
This is now possible via the cloud, according to the alliance. A corresponding C2C (Cloud to Cloud) connectivity demo will be presented to the public these days at IFA 2022 in Berlin.
This should make it possible to operate a wide range of devices from alliance members such as Beko, Samsung, Grundig and LG via the cloud using apps from various manufacturers. It is impressive how quickly the HCA has achieved this milestone, given that the alliance was only launched in January 2022.
“The goal of the HCA is to equip consumers with more features for their connected home applications through C2C interoperability, affecting both new and existing devices from participating global leading brands,” said Yoon Ho Choi, President of the Home Connectivity Alliance and Global Head of Planning & Partnerships, Home IoT Business at Samsung Electronics.
Sustainability in focus
The Home Connectivity Alliance also focuses on aspects of sustainability, as major appliances and HVAC systems are expected to work together to save energy in the home. Thanks to the alliance, data, including on energy consumption and how to optimize it, will be viewable.
These insights will give you a direct opportunity to influence it, which in turn will lead to energy savings. In the coming months, HCA plans to work with leading forces in the energy management industry to create solutions that offer holistic energy solutions for the home.
There are also numerous benefits for customers. For example, older appliances can work with newer appliances – across manufacturers – and save more energy and money at the same time. You can see what the whole thing looks like live on site at IFA 2022.
Members of the HCA currently include American Standard Heating and Air Conditioning, Arçelik, Beko, Electrolux, GE Appliances, Grundig, Haier, Leader, LG Electronics, Resideo, Samsung, Trane Residential, and Vestel.