HCA announces new specification for better interoperability between connected homes at CES 2023 – Samsung Global Newsroom
HCA introduces its HCA 1.0 specification, a new industry standard established by Samsung and other HCA members to provide consumers with even more interoperable and energy-efficient connected home solutions
At CES 2023, the Home Connectivity Alliance (HCA) announced a milestone by introducing its HCA 1.0 specification for Cloud-to-Cloud (C2C) interoperability in the connected home. The launch of this new industry standard comes just one year after the organization launched at last year’s CES event.
The HCA is an organization founded by manufacturers of HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) systems, household appliances and televisions. The HCA was created with the aim of developing secure and interoperable standards for connected home ecosystems.
As a founding member of the Alliance, Samsung Electronics continues to relentlessly pursue innovation, including the industry-leading SmartThings platform, to aid HCA’s mission to develop standards that promote interconnectivity.
“Through the combined industry efforts in HCA, we strive to make the smart home more accessible to consumers through the devices they use every day at home,” said Chanwoo Park, Executive Vice President and Group Head. commercial services of Digital Appliances Business. at Samsung Electronics. “We’re taking a fresh look at how devices can improve consumers’ lives and how the home appliance industry can work together to create a safer connected home that our customers can trust. Through saving energy and supporting old household products, we believe we can contribute to a world where sustainability begins at home. »
Interoperability to promote compatibility
The HCA 1.0 specification extends existing industry standards to clearly define interoperability standards that ensure durable devices such as appliances, HVAC systems, and televisions operate seamlessly across brands, including old devices already operating in consumers’ homes.
As a pioneer in the smart home industry, the SmartThings platform has paved the way for interoperability within the connected home. SmartThings supports Internet of Things (IoT)-enabled devices from a range of manufacturers, as well as first-party smart home appliances, giving consumers more convenience and options in their connected home.
With the introduction of the HCA 1.0 specification, this enhanced interoperable experience will soon make the connected home accessible to more consumers than ever before.
Putting sustainability at the heart of the connected home
The release of the HCA 1.0 specification paves the way for improved energy efficiency throughout a consumer’s connected home through holistic data insights. Customers can increase their Energy IQ by identifying which devices and appliances in their home are using the most energy and adjusting usage accordingly.
Plus, innovations like SmartThings AI Energy Mode allow consumers to automatically manage their energy use and costs using real-time smart insights through a single app on their phone. The HCA 1.0 specification enables member brands to provide consumers with actionable sustainability-focused insights for better energy efficiency and real savings.
Competitors working together for the connected future of our consumers
The introduction of the HCA 1.0 specification for interoperability is only the first step in the journey to HCA standards. The HCA is already working alongside energy industry leaders to provide even more energy-efficient whole-home solutions.
HCA currently includes 15 global brands, including Samsung, AEG, American Standards, Arcelik, Electrolux, GE Appliances, Haier, LG, Resideo, Trane, Vestel and others. Membership provides the opportunity to innovate collaboratively and share expertise with peers to further develop the connected home ecosystem and provide more convenience and options for consumers.
With nearly 250 million registered users on more than 108 million connected devices, Samsung is leveraging its leadership in the smart home industry and working hand-in-hand with other HCA members to develop and launch new new solutions in the connected home landscape.
HCA C2C Interoperability Demonstration Opens to Public at CES 2023 as Part of Smart Home Expo — Venetian Exhibition Center Booth #52739 — will take place from January 5 to 8 in Las Vegas. This tech demo showcases solutions from HCA member companies that leverage C2C connectivity to enable multiple applications to control multiple brands of appliances, HVAC systems, and TVs for optimized interoperability.
About Home Connectivity Alliance
The Home Connectivity Alliance is a member-driven organization made up of 15 global brands dedicated to developing and promoting safe and secure interoperability and energy savings on long-life appliances, HVAC systems and televisions within the connected home ecosystem. For more information, visit www.homeconnectivityalliance.org.