The Connectivity Standards Alliance (CSA), formerly known as the Zigbee Alliance, an organization of hundreds of companies creating, managing and delivering open global standards for the Internet of Things (IoT), announced Matter – the standard for interoperable and secure connectivity for the future of the smart home.
The proliferation of connected objects continues to change the way we live, work and play. From homes to offices, factories to hospitals, connected objects allow us to experience our environments in a coherent and interactive way. Yet, for too long, disconnected platforms and disparate development paths have created confusion for consumers and complicated processes for developers and innovators. Smart objects must be reliable, secure and work together – this is the shared vision behind Project Connected Home over IP (CHIP), now known as the new standard, Matter.
“With millions of Zigbee devices in the market, adding Zigbee to the Echo and eero products has made it easier for customers to connect their smart devices and for device makers to create Alexa-connected devices that customers want. Said David Shearer, vice president of Amazon Smart Home. “As a long-time contributor to the Alliance, we are delighted to see the organization continue to advance work that benefits device makers and makes the smart home more accessible for customers.”
Amazon, Apple, Comcast, Google, SmartThings and the Connectivity Standards Alliance came together in 2019 to develop and promote this new standard, joined by other Alliance board member companies IKEA, Legrand, NXP Semiconductors, Resideo , Schneider Electric, Signify, Silicon Labs, Somfy and Wulian. Today there are over 180 member organizations of all sizes, in a range of business categories, and over 1,700 member members involved in the implementation of the Matter specification, reference implementations, testing and certification programs.
Matter is the unified IP connectivity protocol based on proven technologies to connect and create reliable and secure IoT ecosystems. This new technology and royalty-free connectivity standard enables communications between a wide range of smart devices. The material is also a seal of approval, ensuring that any object built to this standard is reliable by nature, secure by design and compatible on a large scale.
Key technological attributes
Matter makes it easier for device makers to create devices and ensure they are compatible with smart home and voice services like Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s HomeKit with Siri, Google Assistant, SmartThings, and other. The first specification version of the Matter protocol will work on existing network technologies such as Ethernet (802.3), Wi-Fi (802.11) and Thread (802.15.4) and for ease of commissioning, Bluetooth Low Energy.
Other key attributes include:
- Simplicity – Easy to buy and use. Simplify connected experiences.
- Interoperability – Devices from several brands work together natively. Provide greater compatibility.
- Reliability – Consistent and responsive local connectivity.
- security – Maintain secure connections. Robust and simplified for developers and users.
- Flexibility – Matter allows users to easily configure and control their devices with multiple ecosystems simultaneously.
With Matter, consumers and businesses can choose the brands they want in their smart home or commercial building and be confident that they will work seamlessly. Homeowners, and especially those who live in a smart home with multiple devices such as smart locks, thermostats, or smart speakers, can add new devices with a Matter brand using a simple passcode. setup to connect their home into one. Businesses, especially those that depend on connectivity, can rely on a single network to keep their operations running smoothly.
The key for developers is that Matter isn’t just a specification – it also offers an open source benchmark implementation in parallel. This generates tangible benefits for developers including: faster time to market, reduced reliance on batteries from a single vendor, improved quality as they can access multiple use cases at testing and increased security with full transparency on the community’s ability to identify and validate patches.
“Signify, the global lighting leader and longtime Alliance leader, has always believed that open ecosystems should be bigger than a single company,” said George Yianni, head of technology for Philips Hue, at name of Signify. “We have embraced Zigbee and API integration from the start and are excited to be a driving force in the creation of Matter and the future of multi-brand interoperability for our consumer smart lighting products. Philips Hue and WiZ. ”
Products bearing the Matter brand connect securely to more devices, more reliably than ever before. The Matter brand will serve as a seal of approval, taking the guesswork out of the buying process and allowing businesses and consumers to choose from a wider range of brands to create secure and connected homes and buildings.
In early May, the full base specification of features was approved by the Matter working group. Achieving this milestone gives members a definition of key features to develop the open source implementation and test the specification.
With this, the project is currently on track for the first devices to be certified by the end of 2021, according to the manufacturer’s go-to-market plans. Devices targeted for launch include lighting and electricity (eg, bulbs, light fixtures, controls, outlets, outlets), HVAC controls (eg, thermostats, air conditioners), access controls (eg, sensors, detectors, security systems), window coverings / shades, televisions, access points, bridges and others.
Members poised to be the first to adopt the material include: Amazon, ASSA ABLOY, Comcast, Espressif Systems, Eve Systems, Google, Grundfos Holding A / S, Huawei, Infineon Technologies, LEEDARSON, Legrand, Nanoleaf, Nordic Semiconductor , NXP Semiconductors, Qorvo, Resideo, Schlage, Schneider Electric, Signify, Silicon Labs, SmartThings, Somfy, STMicroelectronics, Texas Instruments, Tuya Smart, ubisys, Wulian and Zumtobel Group.
Companies wishing to access specifications and build devices with Matter can join the Connectivity Standards Alliance.
For more information visit www.buildwithmatter.com.
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