Alibaba teams up with MediaTek for Smart Homes -min
Alibaba’s A.I. Labs unit will team up with Taiwan’s MediaTek on an Internet of Things initiative that aims to make homes smarter. The main objective of this alliance is to create a single, unified connectivity protocol making it easier for consumers to control home devices through a single portal, rather than a dizzying number of apps and passwords.
The joint venture will introduce a new Smartmesh connectivity solution to support Bluetooth mesh networking technology, compliant with the latest proposal from the Bluetooth Special Interest Group, the governing body that oversees the networking standard. The solution, which is based on the Labs’ self-developed IoT protocol named IoTConnect and the Bluetooth chip co-developed by both parties, enables smart home devices to automatically pair with Tmall Genie, the Lab’s first voice-controlled smart assistant, leading up to a Tmall Genie-controlled smart home ecosystem.
For consumers, this means they will be able to instantly connect to many devices at once. And for IoT companies and smart home appliance manufacturers, equipping their hardware with the new solution could help them save costs conventionally incurred in connectivity development.