The Matter smart home standard has finally materialized after several delays. The Matter 1.0 specification has been made public by the Connectivity Standards Alliance (CSA), and a device certification procedure has also been started. The solution, which promises to remove the compatibility and connectivity issues that occasionally afflict existing gear, is now free for device manufacturers to use. To put it another way, you can ideally concentrate more on utilizing your connected home than on setting it up.
The technology combines WiFi, Bluetooth LE, and Thread’s mesh networking for the smart home. The ideal solution combines ubiquitous, quick connections with a low-power, “self-healing” grid that gets more dependable as it grows. Matter also claims improved security and compatibility with Siri, Google Assistant, and Alexa speech speakers.
The first Matter gadgets might not be available for a while. However, a number of significant IT firms, including Amazon, Apple, Google, LG, Samsung (through SmartThings), and Signify, already support the standard (Philips Hue). More quickly than others will be some. The updated Home app and new Nest WiFi Pro router, both unveiled by Google, will support the technology out of the box.
Even after years of work, the 1.0 standard doesn’t promise to fix every issue. This is a “initial release,” according to the CSA. However, it could ease some of the agony associated with purchasing smart home accessories like light bulbs and doorbells. Any Matter-capable gadget will function, so you can focus on purchasing the item that best suits your requirements rather than investing into a particular ecosystem.