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  • Broadcom Announces New HomeKit-Friendly Internet of Things Platform

    Broadcom recently announced that the software development kit for its Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices (WICED) platform is now fully vetted by Apple for use with the HomeKit framework. As a result this move paves the way for wider adoption of the iOS-connected Internet of Things (IoT) protocol. With the WICED platform, Broadcom offers developers and OEMs a complete package solution for building HomeKit-compatible IoT devices. For those of you who didn’t know, Broadcom was one of the first vendors that rolled out Bluetooth and Wi-Fi chip packages installed with the HomeKit firmware.

    Broadcom’s Senior Director of Product Marketing, Wireless Connectivity, Brian Bedrosian, had the following to say regarding the matter:

    Today we reached another milestone for our WICED family with full HomeKit support for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Smart. By delivering a complete IoT platform with HomeKit compliance we are enabling developers and OEMs to deliver highly interoperable home connectivity solutions for the optimal consumer experience.
    Apple originally introduced HomeKit back in June 2014 at its Worldwide Developers Conference. The Cupertino California company promised iOS device users control access to connected home products like light switches, smart thermostats and more at the time. Integration with Siri was touted at the time with a mention of iPhone and iPad owners being able to use the virtual assistant to communicate with networked HomeKit hardware with the infamous “soon” timeframe. Since its debut, compatible devices have been slow to release in the market but as of now, the framework building blocks seem to be falling into place, piece by piece. We’ll have to see where things go from here but hopefully everything should speed up, we’ll have to wait patiently to find out though.

    Source: Broadcom (Press Release)
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