Issue 1.0: The smart home standard starts across manufacturers

Matter 1.0: Hersteller­über­greifender Smart-Home-Standard startet
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As announced by the Connectivity Standards Alliance (CSA), version 1.0 of the new multi-manufacturer Matter smart home standard has been released. Many well-known manufacturers such as Amazon, Apple, Google, Samsung and Philips Hue participate in the CSA.

Manufacturers are ready

Vendors that support Matter now have all the resources needed to implement the standard. Many manufacturers have been preparing for this for some time, since they have already been closely involved in the development. For example, Apple has already released iOS 16.1 to developers with Matter support in HomeKit. It’s possible that with iOS 16.1, Apple will also announce the go-ahead for Matter support.

Products can be approved

With the official launch of Matter 1.0, product certification will also begin in labs and tools for developers as well as the open source SDK. Manufacturers who were involved in developing Matter and who have already prepared their already-delivered products for the new standard will be able to roll out the necessary software updates once their products are officially certified. In addition to Apple, Amazon, Google and Samsung, this also includes many products from Philips Hue, Tado, Eve and Huawei. But Ikea is also planning a new smart home center with Matter, which is rumored to start in November.

Matter aims to take the interoperability of smart home devices from different manufacturers to a whole new level by allowing them to be used together for the first time. Eve products, for example, which were previously designed only for HomeKit, can also be used with Android and Samsung SmartThings in the future, as the manufacturer recently demonstrated to the public at IFA 2022. The material works over wifi and thread.

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Now you should follow the updates immediately

After Matter’s formal completion, now it’s the manufacturers’ turn. Many companies have promised to provide updates for their devices within a very short time after publication in order to support the smart home standard as quickly as possible after many changes. For example, Amazon has announced that almost all Echo speakers will act as a material controller and that the fourth generation Echo (test) will be able to act as a border router. The same goes for Google’s second-generation Nest Hub (test) and the Nest Wifi Pro mesh WLAN system with Wi-Fi 6E, which was introduced today.

The first products should be fully approved within a few days to weeks. Many manufacturers want to display certified products in live demonstrations at the CSA event in Amsterdam in early November.

Some product categories are missing from Matter 1.0

The matter will be introduced gradually to different product categories. It begins with devices such as lamps and lights, sockets, door locks, thermostats, and blinds, sensors such as motion and smoke detectors, garage door controls, WLAN routers, access points, televisions as well as broadcast devices. However, security cameras, alarm systems, vacuum cleaner robots, household appliances and the wide field of electric mobility are not included.

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