Matter launched as a new Apple-backed smart home communications standard

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The Connectivity Standards Alliance, sponsored by Apple and other tech giants, has unveiled Matter, a rebranding of Project CHIP that has recently been ratified as a standard for smart home device connectivity.




Previously known as "Project Connected Home over IP," Matter is a standard that aims to improve the integration between Internet of Things devices, rather than replace technologies and platforms such as Apple's HomeKit. By making sure devices under Matter work with each other, consumers are less likely to have trouble getting the hardware to communicate with other items in their existing smart home setup.

Matter is described by the Connectivity Standards Alliance as being built on a unified IP-based connectivity protocol. The royalty-free connectivity standard has been made available to view on GitHub, reports CNET, and has been ratified as a standard for at least two weeks.

By being Matter compatible, device vendors will find it is easier to make their products compatible with smart home and virtual assistant services, including Apple's HomeKit and Siri, Amazon's Alexa platform, and Google Assistant, among others. The first specification release includes support for existing network technologies, such as Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Thread, and Bluetooth LE.

Previously known as the Zigbee Alliance, the Connectivity Standards Alliance has also introduced a new logo that device producers can apply to their products and packaging. This should make it easier for consumers to discover hardware that will communicate with each other.

The setup process should also be simpler, consisting of a code to connect devices together or to a smart home framework.

To device producers, Matter may be attractive due to being able to use a single SKU, lowering the cost of development and operation.

"We create marks of trust, and Matter is an important milestone for users in our long history of delivering unifying, secure, reliable and trustworthy standards for the IoT," said Tobin Richardson, President and CEO of the Connectivity Standards Alliance. "I'm very excited to unveil Matter as a foundational element in delivering a truly connected world."

It is anticipated the first devices to complete certification with Matter will become available to purchase in late 2021.

However, while Apple is a member of the Connectivity Standards Alliance, and has executives on its board of directors, it isn't listed as one of the companies set to be an early adopter of Matter. That list includes Amazon, Comcast, Eve, Google, Huawei, Nanoleaf, SmartThings, and Texas Instruments, among others.

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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 10
    gregoriusmgregoriusm Posts: 443member
    Can’t come soon enough. 
    Scot1repressthiscaladanianwatto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 10
    This is fantastic. Does anyone know for certain if existing routers would be able to implement this, or would it require a separate bridge or an upgrade to a new router?
    repressthiswatto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 10
    Cesar Battistini MazieroCesar Battistini Maziero Posts: 187unconfirmed, member
    This is fantastic. Does anyone know for certain if existing routers would be able to implement this, or would it require a separate bridge or an upgrade to a new router?
    Philips just promised updates for past products, so I guess we could be one firmware update away from whole home HomeKit compatibility.
    Scot1repressthiswatto_cobrapatchythepirate
  • Reply 4 of 10
    ionicleionicle Posts: 61member
    Difference between matter and thread??
    Scot1repressthiswatto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 10
    DAalsethDAalseth Posts: 1,553member
    This is very good news. There have been too many stories of people getting this, but it won’t talk to that, and it will communicate with this other thing, but can’t control it. One unified standard has been sorely needed. 
    repressthiscaladanianwatto_cobra
  • Reply 6 of 10
    OferOfer Posts: 92unconfirmed, member
    ionicle said:
    Difference between matter and thread??
    Thread is a specific protocol (which as the article states is supported by Matter). Matter is an over-arching industry standard that basically gives guidance on how to ensure that these devices are interoperable.
    gregoriusmScot1StrangeDaysrepressthiscaladanianwatto_cobra
  • Reply 7 of 10

    Found this graphic on a GitHub page (https://github.com/project-chip/connectedhomeip/blob/master/docs/images/CHIP_IP_pyramid.png) that I got to from a link on the Matter page (https://buildwithmatter.com), which I found from the "Matter" menu selection on the Connectivity Standards Alliance page (https://zigbeealliance.org/about/). (Blue triangle representing Application Layer is still the old name -- hasn't yet been updated to say Matter).
    repressthisFileMakerFellerOferjony0watto_cobra
  • Reply 8 of 10
    jbtuckrjbtuckr Posts: 4member
    FINALLY. I’ve been waiting for this for so long!! Maybe I can finally ditch the raspberry pi I’m running home bridge on
    Oferwatto_cobra
  • Reply 9 of 10
    john.bjohn.b Posts: 2,740member
    The setup process should also be simpler, consisting of a code to connect devices together or to a smart home framework.
    The advantage of Works with HomeKit is that you don’t need/can’t be required to set up an account/login for every single smart device vendor. Anything else is not “simpler“.
    watto_cobrapatchythepirate
  • Reply 10 of 10
    MplsPMplsP Posts: 3,033member
    john.b said:
    The setup process should also be simpler, consisting of a code to connect devices together or to a smart home framework.
    The advantage of Works with HomeKit is that you don’t need/can’t be required to set up an account/login for every single smart device vendor. Anything else is not “simpler“.
    I agree - it annoys me to be required to make yet another account for every single device. Unfortunately, many of these devices have firmware that needs updating from time to time and you're often still stuck making an account for the firmware update.
    exceptionhandlerwatto_cobra
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