Smart Home Standard Matter to Unite Us All Is Online

Smart Home Standard Matter to Unite Us All Is Online
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The smart home standard we’ve been waiting for centuries in gadget time is finally here. Connection Standards Alliance (CSA) officially released Launched the Matter 1.0 specification and product certification program.

We’ve been waiting for about a year for Matter to go public. Initially, wifi, Bluetooth LE and Thread-dependent specification were planned It was released last summer. But to make sure that the technology is exactly bakedDecided to take CSA set. “This is an absolutely critical element to ensure rapid adoption and market success – but we need to get it right,” said CSA CEO Tobin Richardson. last year. “The ultimate goal is to deliver a specification and SDK that delivers on our promise.”

We were still in the throes of the pandemic and affected by the supply chain shortage, which meant that it was not the right time to walk out the door with a brand new technology. But now Matter 1.0 is available and at least eight authorized testing labs are open to help validate these connected devices. Additionally, all CSA members with devices that plan to update to Matter support can do so once approved. The first devices with Matter are just around the corner.

I have some Matter-activity I hope the devices and tests in my lab will start as soon as possible. I don’t believe Matter will revolutionize the smart home, but that’s because you may not realize its existence for a while. Matter’s real test will be how it integrates with new devices brought to the smart home and whether it makes it more user-friendly for non-mechanical folks.

Fortunately, all the big names stand behind the Matter standard, including Signify, which makes Apple, Amazon, Google, Samsung, and Philips Hue smart bulbs. There are approximately 280 member companies that have signed up so far. And devices of your choice are already on the shelves, like the latest Yale Assure Lock 2 smart lock, which I hope to test in the coming weeks. It offers a Matter-enabled module that you can replace to easily transform your smart home. Google also announced earlier The Nest Hub Max said it will include Matter integration in its Nest Wifi Pro, although the Nest Hub 2nd generation and last generation Nest Wifi have been compatible for a long time.

Amazon has announced that most of its current devices will be updated to support Matter in the early days of its launch. eero network wifi routers. of Samsung Devices are also on board, including their smart TVs and smartphones that will act as central controllers using the SmartThings app.

“This release is the first step in our community and industry’s journey to make IoT simpler, secure and valuable, no matter who you are or where you live,” Richardson said in today’s press release. While industry and consumers are excited about a one-size-fits-all connection standard, there is an air of doubt about how much more user-friendly it will be compared to legacy methods. I’m looking forward to testing how Matter will work in my smart home. But it will take some time before we truly grasp the effectiveness of Matter.

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