Industry group pushes back smart home standard


The futuristic fully connected smart home isn’t far in the future, as a consortium of tech companies are working behind the scenes to bring the matter connectivity protocol to the masses before the end of the year.

More than 200 companies are working with the Connectivity Standards Alliance (CSA) to accelerate the release of its software development kit (SDK) for manufacturers of connected and smart home products, including the biggest names in Big Tech and a list variety of other companies.

CSA announced on Thursday (March 17) that its publication of the already delayed Matter 1.0 standard should now be ready in the second quarter ahead of a major testing event this summer ahead of wide release.

“The ongoing work is really dependent on quality, stability and validation, which means we’re in the final stretch,” the ASC said. “For the ability to tear down IoT walled gardens, accelerate growth, and improve customer and consumer experiences.”

He added that “we will see the launch of Matter 1.0 in the fall. After that, the formal certification program will be open to all companies wishing to certify Matter devices. We expect our members to follow up thereafter with additional announcements and release plans for new products and products supporting Matter software upgrades.

Speaking to The Verge on the same day, CSA Member Services Manager Michelle Mindala-Freeman said, “We will have the full SDK in Q2 and will make a version of the specification available to our members. at the end of [June]. These are certainly things that build our confidence that our members are all in on Matter and moving forward to be done this fall.

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Members of the Matter working group have signaled their support for the adoption of the interoperable smart home system which allows consumers to mix and match devices that operate on a common standard.

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In November, Amazon expressed support for the Matter protocol and a Thread messaging network it partners with, bypassing home Wi-Fi to carry formatted commands such as lock a door, adjust the thermostat, check the security system and cameras, and other applications.

Announcing its participation in a blog post, Amazon said: “There are more than 140,000 smart home products compatible with Alexa, and customers have connected more than 200 million smart home devices to Alexa via Wi-Fi, Zigbee and BLE. By adding support for Matter, on Thread and Wi-Fi, we continue our efforts to ensure that customers can use Alexa with as many devices as possible while allowing device manufacturers to build with their preferred protocols. .

“Thread provides a low-power, low-bandwidth, and low-latency mesh networking option when building Matter devices,” Amazon added. “We already work with leading brands that create Matter over Thread devices, such as Yale, Wemo, Schlage, Sengled, Netatmo, Eve, Nanoleaf, Tuya, eWeLink and Leedarson.”

Seamless interoperability of connected devices is a major hurdle for Matter, Thread and the hundreds of companies that have committed to using the combination as a smart home operating system.

In October, Samsung announced that its SmartThings IoT devices will use Matter and Thread interoperability standards.

Jaeyeon Jung, Corporate Vice President at Samsung Electronics and Head of SmartThings, said, “Matter will help drive smart home adoption, and with SmartThings, it will be easier for users to gain experiences of smart home with seamless device integration, personalized automation, and a choice of voice assistants.

Consumer Reports wrote in January that “Some devices, such as the Schlage Encode smart lock, work with some systems (Alexa and Google Assistant) but not others. Not all ecosystems offer the same types of devices. By For example, large appliances like washing machines and ovens are supported by Alexa, Google, and SmartThings, but not by Apple HomeKit, and each subsequent device you buy makes it more expensive and prohibitively expensive if you decide to switch. ecosystem in the future.

“All of these issues go away if Matter succeeds in making interoperability a given for smart home devices,” Consumer Reports added.

Read also: Smart home tech makers push standardized connectivity protocol

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