During the IFA Trade Fair in Berlin, Germany this week, LG Electronics (LG) revealed that it will be the first of a number of participating companies to implement the new Home Connectivity Alliance’s (HCA) Specification 1.0 for cross-brand smart appliance connectivity.

In LG’s case, this means that disparate complying smart home appliances will interoperate through the LG ThinQ smart home control platform.

LG said that by the end of the year, LG ThinQ app users will be able to control smart home appliances from other HCA compliant brands, which thus far also includes Samsung and Vestel.

To date, LG’s ThinQ app has provided seamless interoperable control of its own-brand ThinQ appliances, but this new extensibility is a move in the direction of smart home industry standardization, such that smart home devices will intuitively and seamlessly work together with a diverse range of brands of products.

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“With a firm commitment to customer experience innovation, LG has joined with other brands to bring the elegant simplicity of cross-brand compatibility to major markets worldwide, including South Korea, the United States and Europe,” LG’s announcement stated. “The partnership will initially cover major appliance product categories, such as washing machines, dryers and dishwashers, and will gradually be expanded to other types of appliances in the future.”

For greater convenience, the HCA Specification 1.0 to will make it possible to monitor and control various brands’ home appliances and air solutions using a single application.

Using the ThinQ app, users will need only register their HCA 1.0 compatible products to gain the convenience of this new “one-stop device management.”

Thus, consumers with both an LG washing machine and a Samsung dishwasher, for example, will no longer need to use two separate apps to switch between each manufacturer’s products as they set preferred wash cycle and cleaning settings, the company explained.

The HCA was established in January 2022, comprising a group of smart home focused companies. The HCA will oversee the successful implementation of this new cloud-based interoperability between disparate smart home platforms of its member companies.

“As a board member of the alliance, LG has been working closely with other appliance makers, including Samsung and Vestel, to drive the adoption of HCA Specification 1.0, with the ultimate goal of enhancing user convenience,” the company said. “Committed to expanding the smart home ecosystem, LG has also actively supported the work of the Connectivity Standards Alliance (CSA), a global organization dedicated to developing open communication protocols for smart home devices.”

Specifically, LG said it contributed to the development and standardization of the Matter protocol, an Internet Protocol-based home IoT communications standard led by the CSA.

“LG ThinQ enables a seamlessly interconnected home appliance ecosystem that will provide new smart home experiences to customers around the globe,” said Jung Ki-hyun, executive vice president and head of platform business center. “LG will continue to expand compatibility between ThinQ and other HCA members’ smart home platforms.”

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By Greg Tarr

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