The official launch of the Matter 1.0 standard was announced by the Connectivity Standards Alliance and its members, who include Apple, Google, Amazon, Samsung, IKEA, and other producers of smart home technology. As a result, all smart home systems will be unified and the compatibility issue should be resolved in the future. It will enable devices from various manufacturers to connect and exchange data.
Apple is already integrating the standard into HomeKit since businesses that have committed to adopting Matter now have all the resources necessary to begin implementing it in their platforms. With the release of the iOS 16.1 update, it should become visible. In addition, Google’s smart home control app Google Home is anticipated to incorporate Matter.
What started as a mission to unravel the complexities of connectivity has resulted in Matter, a single, global IP-based protocol that will fundamentally change the IoT,” said Tobin Richardson, President and CEO of the Connectivity Standards Alliance. “This release is the first step on a journey our community and the industry are taking to make the IoT simpler, secure, and valuable no matter who you are or where you live.
“This release is the first step in our community’s and the industry’s path to make the IoT more user-friendly, secure, and beneficial regardless of who you are or where you reside. The launching of Matter 1.0 today is more than just a significant milestone for our organization and our members; it is a celebration of what is achievable thanks to the widespread support of both major and small businesses.
Apple, Google, Amazon, Huawei, Samsung, IKEA, Schneider Electric, Signify, Bosch, Verizon, Logitech, and 506 other companies are among the CSA’s members (as of writing).
Bruno Vulcano, Chair of the Alliance Board and R&D Manager for Legrand Digital Infrastructure, said, “We would not be where we are today without the strength and dedication of the Alliance members who have provided thousands of engineers, intellectual property, software accelerators, security protocols, and the financial resources to accomplish what no single company could ever do on its own.
The matter is the realization of a truly global initiative that will benefit producers, customers, and consumers alike, not just in a single region or continent, with members evenly spread throughout the world.
Different IoT standards have made an effort to establish the de facto standard for smart homes, but they have been hampered by certain businesses supporting one over another or promoting their own proprietary standard. For clients,
For its part, Apple disclosed that it would introduce iOS support for Matter. Apple is anticipated to include support for Matter with the formal debut of the app this week in the impending iOS 16.1 update.
Launching along with Matter 1.0 are test scenarios and tools for Alliance members. Thread, Ethernet, WI-Fi, and Bluetooth Low Energy are all used by Matter.
According to Thread Group President Vividh Siddha, “Matter and Thread overcome interoperability and connectivity concerns in smart homes so manufacturers may focus on additional value-adding solutions.”
With each new device, Thread’s self-healing mesh network becomes more responsive and dependable. Additionally, thanks to Thread’s ultra-low power architecture, battery life is increased. When used together, Thread with Matter is a strong option for product firms and a fantastic deal for customers.
The first iteration of the software supports standard smart home items like lighting and electricity, HVAC controls, window coverings and blinds, safety and security sensors, door locks, media devices like TVs, controllers as devices and applications, and bridges.
According to Edgar Figueroa, President and CEO of the Wi-Fi Alliance, “Matter uses Wi-advanced Fi’s network efficiency, worldwide pervasiveness of more than 18 billion devices in use today, and stable standards-based basis to help achieve the IoT goal.”
With a variety of IoT devices, “Wi-Fi CERTIFIED and Matter enable simple and secure interoperability for a better user experience.”
Device makers may now demonstrate that their product complies with the Matter standard and has interoperability thanks to a global certification program that uses eight authorized test labs.