The Connectivity Standards Alliance this week released Matter 1.0 – a new connectivity standard that aims to seamlessly connect smart home products.
The global open source standard promises to allow web-connected devices from different manufacturers to communicate simply and securely.
“What began as a mission to solve the complexities of connectivity is Matter, a single IP-based protocol that will fundamentally change the IoT,” Tobin Richardson, president and CEO of the Connectivity Standards Alliance, said in a statement(Opens in a new window).
Matter promises to help device makers more easily build devices compatible with Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri, Google Assistant, and other smart home and voice services, hoping to foster interoperability among devices, regardless of brand.
“This release is the first step in a journey our community and industry are taking to make the IoT simpler, more secure and more valuable no matter who you are or where you live,” said Richardson. “With global support from companies large and small, [the] The release of Content 1.0 is a milestone for our organization and our members; it’s a celebration of what’s possible.”
Matter 1.0 launches with eight authorized testing labs for companies that intend to buy in. For its initial release, Matter will run over Ethernet, Wi-Fi, and the Thread networking protocol using Bluetooth Low Energy, with support for a handful of popular smart home products such as lighting and electrical, HVAC controls, window coverings and shades, sensors safety and security, door locks, media devices, and bridges.
In terms of security, Matter relies on distributed ledger technology and Public Key Infrastructure to validate the certification and provenance of devices, ensuring that users are connecting authentic, certified and up-to-date devices to their homes and networks.
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Matter was born from Project Connected Home Over IP (Project CHIP), launched in 2019 by Amazon, Apple, Google, and other major players in the smart home space in collaboration with the Zigbee Alliance. The latter has since changed its name to the Alliance for Connectivity Standards and rebranded the CHIP Project as Matter. More than 280 companies were involved in the development, including Amazon, Belkin Wemo, Comcast, Ikea, GE Lighting, Google, LG Electronics, Nanoleaf, Philips Hue, Samsung SmartThings, and Texas Instruments.
Many existing smart home products will soon receive Matter support via software updates, although support varies by vendor and device, and not all will be able to receive the update. Google said Tuesday that Matter “will be available by default on billions of Android devices” later this year. And at WWDC, Apple announced plans to add Matter support to iOS 16 this fall.
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