For more than two years, an alliance of technology companies has been working on Matter, a unified standard for connecting smart home devices that aims to solve all the complexities of today’s products. Now the standard is ready for prime time.
The Connectivity Standards Alliance, which includes Amazon, Apple, Comcast, Google and SmartThings, announced today that the Matter 1.0 specification is now complete. Products can now go through lab testing to receive certification, including devices already on the market, which is the final step in adding Matter support.
Matter uses a combination of Ethernet, Thread (a low-power connectivity method for battery-powered devices), Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth Low Energy to configure and manage smart home devices. Matter’s goal is to create a shared ecosystem that works with all smart home devices and hubs; With any luck, the pain of shopping for Apple HomeKit-enabled devices or double-checking that a certain light bulb works with Alexa should be a thing of the past. memory.
Now that Matter has officially arrived, we should see the first certified devices and hubs appear soon. Google’s new Nest Wi-Fi Pro router, for example, promises to be a Hub Matter once it goes through the required certification.