Matter - A new approach to automation
If there's one problem with the rise of smart home automation technology over the past decade, it's that these devices don't always like to talk with each other.
Although Amazon, Google and Apple have released easy-to-use smart speakers that can also act as hubs, not all smart home devices are supported, so you might have a working light but not a working thermostat. . Matter wants to change that.
So what is Matter?
Matter started in 2019 as a Home Connected over IP (CHIP) project. Apple, Google, Amazon, Samsung, Zigbee Alliance and many other tech brands aiming to create a common standard for smart homes.
Consumers can buy two smart home products from two different brands, and if both have the corresponding logo on the box, the buyer knows they are compatible.
Last May, the name was changed to Matter, and the Zigbee Alliance was renamed the Connectivity Standards Alliance (CSA).
The question is how does it work? Instead of introducing entirely new technologies that somewhat defeat the purpose of power integration, Matter just uses existing standards like Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Low Energy for initial pairing, and Thread. This relatively new networking protocol connects products from other brands without the need for herbs.
Like Zigbee and Z-Wave, Thread can connect any device in a large mesh. Unlike Zigbee and Z-Wave, Thread does not require a smart home hub to connect them.
What is a thread?
So far, Thread has been featured in the Google Nest Wifi, Nest Hub Max, HomePod Mini, and the new Apple TV 4K, Nanoleaf, and Eve. , D-Link, LG, Eero, Tado and more. Matter wants to simplify things, improve interoperability, and make smart homes more reliable and secure, and the addition of Thread will be key.
Low-power mesh technology ensures that if one device in the network fails, others can continue to function, and the bank uses AES encryption based on standard public key encryption. The list of covered devices is very comprehensive. These include lighting and electrical, heating and cooling, locks and security, windows and blinds, and televisions. Basically, it should cover the entire smart home.
Are there competitors?
Along with Zigbee and Samsung SmartThings, which are part of the Matter family, Z-Wave is still a major competitor, and the Danish technology has significant advantages.
Z-Wave was launched in 2001. At the time, the idea of a smart home was still the stuff of science fiction for many. However, more than 100 million Z-Wave devices are in use worldwide, with more than 3,300 Zs.