Apple and Amazon launch a new connection standard Matter to allow smart home devices to "communicate across servers"

On May 11, the Connectivity Standards Alliance (CSA), which includes major technology companies such as Apple, Amazon, and Google, announced the launch of a new connectivity standard "Matter".

This is an interoperable and secure connection standard designed for smart home devices, allowing users to control smart home devices through smart assistants of different brands and systems such as Apple Siri and Amazon Alexa.

CSA is the Zigbee alliance that originally created the Zigbee standard low-power LAN protocol. The alliance will pay more attention to projects such as Matter in the future. The first devices using Matter will be released by the end of 2021, the CSA said, and could include lighting electrical, HVAC controllers, access control and more.

1. Smart home devices are compatible with different smart assistants

In December 2019, Apple, Google and Amazon announced their cooperation to develop an open source smart home standard, which they named "CHIP Project (Project Connected Home over IP)". This CHIP project is the predecessor of the Matter standard launched this time.

Matter is an IP (Internet Protocol)-based unified connectivity protocol to build and connect IoT ecosystems. It is royalty-free and allows various smart devices to communicate and work together.

The goal of the Matter standard is to provide a unified standard for smart home products, making them compatible with Amazon's voice assistant Alexa, Apple's voice assistant Siri, Apple's smart home platform HomeKit, Google Assistant's Google Assistant and Samsung's smart home platform SmartThings, etc., so that customers can Freely choose different brands of voice services or smart home platforms to control your own smart home devices.

It is reported that the first specification version of the Matter protocol will run on the basis of existing network technologies, such as Ethernet, Wi-Fi, threads, and low-power Bluetooth technology.

2. The new logo is printed on compatible devices, and it will land at the end of this year

After this renaming, the new Matter logo will be added to hardware devices compatible with this standard, and users can easily identify which devices can work with other devices under the Matter standard.

Now other big players, like Dutch smart lighting company Philips Hue, are getting in on the action. The company has promised to release a software update in the coming months that will make all of its products, past and present, compatible with the Matter standard.
Currently, smart home device makers are developing Matter-compatible light bulbs, plugs, sockets, thermostats, door locks, sensors, window shades, and TVs.

Unified and open standards are the general trend

The Matter standard will improve the compatibility and convenience of smart home devices. If more companies are willing to adopt open standards like Matter, then smart home devices and smart home platforms can be better interconnected, and users don't have to be troubled by brand or system barriers.

In the future, more brands and players from more industries will join the smart home field, and the ecology of this field will become more and more diverse. Unified and open standards will bring convenience to equipment manufacturers to a large extent, and at the same time create good news for consumers.