Alibaba announced on Wednesday that A.I. Labs will partner with MediaTek, a Taiwan-based global semiconductor company, on the Internet of Things (IoT) initiatives including smart home protocols, customized IoT chips, and AI smart hardware.

At this week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2018 event, A.I. Labs and MediaTek inked their agreement and introduced their new Smartmesh solution that supports the latest many-to-many Bluetooth mesh networking technology—a critical connectivity technology designed for IoT applications.

The solution, which is based on the Labs’ self-developed IoT protocol named IoTConnect and the new Bluetooth chips co-designed by Alibaba and MediaTek, will allow IoT home devices to automatically pair with Tmall Genie, Alibaba’s Amazon Echo-like voice assistant.

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Nicole Jao

Nicole Jao is a reporter based in Beijing. She’s passionate about emerging trends, news, and stories of human interest within the world of technology. Connect with her on Twitter or via email: nicole.jao.iting@gmail.com.