Smart home device manufacturers are eager to support a new smart home standard, Matter, which will simplify the configuration of Internet of Things (IoT) devices and enable them to be managed through any application.

This Matter standard was developed by CSA Connection Standards Alliance (CSA), and version 1.0 was released on October 2, aiming to reshape the way of Internet of Things devices.

So far, due to the lack of industry standards, each device needs its own manufacturer to provide a separate application, and the interoperability between devices is not convenient, which makes connecting and managing new devices a headache.

This problem has been well known since the rise of the Internet of Things nearly ten years ago, but after years of industry development, the main participants put their strength into an open source standard. This standard is supported by Apple, Google, Amazon, Samsung and more than 280 other major manufacturers. It allows compliant devices to add QR codes on scanning devices to smart home or smart office ecosystems to solve the above problems.

Tobin Richardson, President and CEO of CSA, said when announcing the release of the new standard: “As a task to unlock the complexity of connectivity, Matter is a single, IP based global protocol that will fundamentally change the Internet of Things.”

“The release of this standard is the first step of our organization and industry in making the Internet of Things simpler, safer and more valuable.”

Matter coordinated some technologies that have been built into contemporary IoT devices, including low-power Bluetooth that helps nearby devices find each other; Wi Fi that helps devices communicate with each other and with cloud services at high speed; As well as the standard Thread used to create a home mesh network, it improves the reliability of smart home networks by helping devices work together.

Mesh networks do not rely on direct connections to the same Wi Fi base station, but allow devices to connect directly to each other. Vividh Siddha, president of Thread Group, an industry alliance, said: “Mesh network can repair itself and become more sensitive and reliable with the increase of each new device”.

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The initial version of the standard will support networked lighting, electrical, HVAC, curtains, security sensors, door locks, televisions and other media devices, as well as bridges. It is said that the eager manufacturers are taking quick action to test and certify their equipment, which may be available in a few weeks.

This will enable users to use multiple management functions, enable devices to connect to any application or device that complies with the Material standard, and control any device manufactured by all companies.

It is said that Apple is preparing to provide support in the HomeKit function of its upcoming iOS 16.1 operating system, and the operating systems and devices of Google and Amazon are almost ready.

This means that you are no longer limited to purchasing smart home devices that conform to the ecosystem of a certain supplier, but can purchase IoT devices according to their functions and know that they can be used as easily as today’s Bluetooth headset connected to a mobile phone.

Although consumers around the world are more cautious about their disposable spending under the current economic challenges, home automation and major electrical appliances are continuing to show strong growth. The analysis company GfK pointed out in its recent analysis of the smart home field that “although the slowdown in demand and lower consumer confidence perplex the entire market, it still shows the power of the smart portfolio”.

Many potential customers still do not believe in the benefits of networking devices such as intelligent LED lights. GfK pointed out that for many Internet of Things devices, “the marketing information is not strong enough to overcome some existing obstacles… The ability to remotely control their lamps is very low in their demand scale.”

Internet of Things device manufacturers hope that Matter will make devices easier to connect to promote their mass market acceptance.

It is reported that the existing equipment is expected to be updated to support the standard.

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