Apple-backed ‘Matter’ home automation standard launches

The Connectivity Standards Alliance, the international community of more than 550 technology companies committed to opening standards for the Internet of Things, announced this week the release of the Matter 1.0 specification and the opening of the Matter certification program. The member companies that make up all aspects of the IoT now have a comprehensive program to bring to market the next generation of interoperable products that work across all brands and platforms with greater privacy, security and simplicity for consumers.

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As part of Matter 1.0 release, licensed test labs are open for product certification, test harnesses and tools are available, and the open source Reference Design Software Development Kit (SDK) is comprehensive, all to bring new and innovative products to the market. Additionally, Alliance members with devices already deployed and with plans to upgrade their products to support Matter can now do so, once their products are certified.

“What began as a mission to unravel the complexities of connectivity has resulted in Matter, a single, global, IP-based protocol that will fundamentally change the IoT,” said Tobin Richardson, President and CEO of the Connectivity Standards Alliance. “This release is the first step in a journey our community and industry are taking to make IoT simpler, safer and more valuable, regardless of who you are or where you live. With global support from businesses large and small, today’s release of Matter 1.0 is more than a milestone for our organization and our members; it is a celebration of what is possible ”.

Over 280 member companies, including Amazon, Apple, Comcast, Google, Signify and SmartThings, have combined their technologies, expertise and innovations to ensure Matter meets the needs of all stakeholders, including users, product manufacturers and platforms. Overall, these companies have led the way through requirements and specification development, reference design, multiple test events, and final specification validation to achieve this industry milestone.

“We would not be where we are today without the strength and dedication of Alliance members who have provided thousands of engineers, intellectual property, software accelerators, security protocols and financial resources to accomplish what no single company could ever do alone,” said Bruno Vulcano, President of the Alliance Board and R&D Manager for Legrand Digital Infrastructure. “With members equally distributed around the world, Matter is the realization of a truly global effort that will benefit manufacturers, customers and consumers alike. in a single region or continent “.

More than just a specification, the Matter 1.0 standard is launched with comprehensive test cases and testing tools for Alliance members and a global certification program that includes eight licensed test labs that are ready to test not only Matter, but also the underlying networking technologies of Matter, Wi-Fi, and wire. Wi-Fi allows Matter devices to interact over a high-bandwidth local network and allows smart home devices to communicate with the cloud. Thread provides an energy efficient and highly reliable mesh network within the home. Both the Wi-Fi Alliance and Thread Group have partnered with the Connectivity Standards Alliance to help realize the comprehensive vision of the Matter.

“Matter and Thread solve interoperability and connectivity problems in smart homes so manufacturers can focus on other value-added innovations,” said Vividh Siddha, president of the Thread Group. “Thread creates a self-healing mesh network that becomes more responsive and reliable with each added device, and its ultra-low-power architecture extends battery life. Together, Thread with Matter is a powerful choice for manufacturing companies and great value for consumers. “

“Matter leverages the sophisticated efficiency of the Wi-Fi network, the global pervasiveness of more than 18 billion devices in use today, and a solid, standards-based foundation to help deliver the IoT vision,” said Edgar Figueroa, president and CEO of Wi-Fi Alliance®. “Together, Wi-Fi CERTIFIED and Matter offer simple and secure interoperability for a better user experience with a wide range of IoT devices.”

The issue is also opening new horizons with security policies and processes that use distributed ledger technology and public key infrastructure to validate device provenance and certification. This will help ensure that users connect authentic, certified, and up-to-date devices to their homes and networks.

This initial release of Matter, running on Ethernet, Wi-Fi, and Thread and using Bluetooth Low Energy for device commissioning, will support a variety of common smart home products, including lighting and electricity, HVAC controls, window covers and blinds, security and safety sensors, locks, multimedia devices including TVs, controllers both as devices and as applications and bridges.

Information on the Connectivity Standards Alliance

The Connectivity Standards Alliance, formerly the Zigbee Alliance, is the foundation and future of the Internet of Things (IoT). Founded in 2002, its vast global membership works together to create and evolve universal open standards for products, transforming the way we live, work and play. With its members’ deep and diverse experience, robust certification programs, and a full suite of open IoT solutions, Alliance is leading the movement to a more intuitive, imaginative and useful world.

The Connectivity Standards Alliance Board of Directors is comprised of executives from Amazon, Apple, ASSA ABLOY, Comcast, Google, Huawei, IKEA, Infineon Technologies AG, The Kroger Co., Latch Systems, LEEDARSON, Legrand, LG Electronics, Lutron Electronics, Midea, Nordic Semiconductor, NXP Semiconductors, OPPO, Resideo, Schneider Electric, Signify, Silicon Labs, SmartThings, Somfy, STMicroelectronics, Texas Instruments, Tuya and Wulian.

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