As companies unveil their new smart home devices at the 2022 CES tech show, now taking place in Las Vegas, much of the hype includes Matter, an open-source connectivity standard built on a shared belief that smart home devices should integrate seamlessly with other systems. And be safe and reliable.
If you love appliances, you’re probably among the 66% of households with smart home appliances, according to Deloitte. We also know that you’re not just sticking with one company or brand, but that you’ve likely bought from at least six different companies. That’s why, for any company launching a smart home device this year, having important support will come in handy.
The protocol is not only developed by some of the biggest tech companies — like Apple, Amazon and Google — and smart home device makers, but it’s designed to fix issues with fragmented smart home systems so all your devices can be easy to set up and direct from one place.
The issue, via a local controller, is essentially the infrastructure, pipeline, and language that will enable all devices to communicate. Its Internet Protocol will define a specific set of IP-based networking technologies for device certification so that manufacturers can create devices that are compatible with Apple Siri, Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. The first Matter protocol will operate at the Wi-Fi and Thread layers and will use Bluetooth Low Energy to operate.
The Connectivity Standards Alliance, formerly the Zigbee Alliance, which organizes testing for the first Matter-certified devices, has identified more than two dozen companies that were displaying or displaying Matter in their kiosks, meeting rooms or nearly at CES this year. They include NXP, Qualcomm, Samsung SmartThings, Telink, Texas Instruments, and Universal Electronics.
In May, Google said it was bringing Matter to Android and Nest, and today announced that in a few months, you’ll be able to use “Fast Pair” on Android to quickly connect new Matter-enabled smart home devices to your home network, Google Home, and other apps in just a few clicks.
Earlier today, Amazon said its “Frustration-Free Setup” documentation is now available for device makers to review, and it’s working with a handful of companies on both the setup experience and Alexa capabilities, including adding this device as a second administrator for Matter devices so you can still control even if your internet connection is down.
They are also collaborating with silicon vendors on what will become the Matter System-on-a-Chip to support frustration-free setup. This all comes after last year’s announcement that most Echo devices would support Matter and that fourth-generation Echo and eero devices would become Matter Thread routers.
Additionally, here are some other companies that have announced new devices or services that support the command:
- Comcast mentioned this during the launch of its new xFi Advanced Gateway Router that is equipped with features such as “IoT for Smart Homes of the Future” and which was compatible with Zigbee and Matter to serve as a central connector for the Internet of Things and home automation devices such as smart lights, sockets and locks.
- Eve Systems, which produces connected home products, created Eve MotionBlinds, calling them “the first motorized conductive blinds and awnings on the market to support Thread.”
- Home security business Arlo Technologies has unveiled its Arlo Security System, a set of sensors with eight different functions, which is compatible with an integrated security center and switchboard for small businesses and consumers who want a more do-it-yourself security monitoring solution. The company also announced its commitment to Matter as a way to solidify its position on broad compatibility in the smart home space.
- Computing company Edge Veea has revealed its Smart-home-as-a-Service offering that will include Matter, Thread and Wi-Fi 6 support. The offering includes the Veea SmartHub Mesh Router for the home called STAX.
- Among the many announcements of Belkin products that support Matter at CES for the home are the new Wemo video doorbell that will work with Apple’s HomeKit, the Wemo Smart Plug, Smart Light Switch and Smart Dimmer that will work with Matter over Thread.
- Mui Lab has debuted a material-ready “muiPlatform” that turns smart devices into “quieter ones,” which includes a panel that turns Amazon’s Alexa into a more visual interface.
One of the devices you’ve been watching Michelle Mendala Freeman, vice president of marketing for the Connectivity Standards Alliance, is Schlage’s announcement Tuesday of its introduction of its new smart Wi-Fi deadbolt, which will be among the first to support Apple’s latest improvements to the HomeKit experience with home switch capability. .
She says 2022 will be a big year for the material. There are hundreds of companies participating in both CSA and Matter, and 50 companies have already brought in 134 products, Mindala Freeman told TechCrunch.
The CSA is expected to have the released certifications, specifications, testing tools, and SDKs by the middle of the year. This will enable companies to be faster in marketing with new devices and innovations and reaching a wider audience of consumers.
“At the most fundamental level, our mission at CSA is to eliminate retail, help businesses grow, and do so in a way that delivers high value for consumers,” said Mindala Freeman. “Standards like Matter do that, and we think it’s the high tide that lifts all boats.”