Broadcom has announced that its Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices (WICED) SDK now offers full HomeKit support. The company is the first to meet HomeKit technical specifications for WiFi and Bluetooth Smart.
The WICED platform enables developers and OEMs to take advantage of the growing HomeKit ecosystem with a complete solution. By helping companies create IoT products that are HomeKit compliant, Broadcom is reducing time-to-market and improving the consumer experience by delivering home automation devices that enable a seamless connection to their home network and can be controlled from a HomeKit-supported app on their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
The WICED platform can also connect endpoints through a process known as bridging that delivers the benefits of HomeKit through a hardware module. This allows a product like a Bluetooth Smart light bulb to connect to a smart plug containing Broadcom's WICED module, creating a bridge from the light bulb to the user's HomeKit-supported app on their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
HomeKit offers a set of common protocols making it easier for customers to control HomeKit-enabled accessories using Siri or iOS applications. HomeKit is built on a secure foundation with end-to-end encryption which provides customers a secure connection between their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch and HomeKit-enabled accessory.
"Today we reached another milestone for our WICED family with full HomeKit support for WiFi and Bluetooth Smart," said Brian Bedrosian, Senior Director, Product Marketing, Wireless Connectivity, Broadcom. "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."