Introduced in May, the Matter standard re-branded Project CHIP as a potential universal standard for everything from plugged in light bulbs to smart locks, cameras and home hubs.
The Zigbee Alliance was renamed the Connectivity Standards Alliance to reflect the expanding world of interconnected gadgets in our homes and offices. While other organizations have already attempted similar efforts, CSA had several big names in its launch: Amazon, Apple, Google, IKEA, Signify, SmartThings, and Comcast were among the first. Later, Lutron, Somfy, NXP and ASSA ABLOY and many others joined the project.
The most compelling idea is how Matter promises to be consumer-friendly. The current “zoo” of manufacturers of “smart” devices, the protocols they support and the lack of interoperability between them are out of control.
On the other hand, products with the Matter symbol on the packaging are committed to ensuring full compatibility with each other and with the foundation of your “smart home”, be it Siri, Alexa or Google Assistant.
It was planned that the Matter standard would be certified at the end of 2021, but now the CSA admits that this is not realistic. Instead, a “preliminary” version of the Matter technical specification will be prepared, which should be ready in the second half of this year.
The reasons for the delay are the huge number of manufacturers who are joining the initiative, as well as the difficulty in developing a truly uniform standard. The authors hope to see the first devices with support for the new SDK by mid-2022.