Connected home: Amazon, Philips Hue and others put together the Matter package, the universal home automation protocol

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Installing your home automation will undoubtedly become simpler in the coming months. A few weeks after presenting the very first version of the Matter universal protocol, the organization in charge of its development announced several new features, together with the big names of the sector.

During a large gathering in Amsterdam, the Connectivity Standards Alliance (CSA) detailed the changes that will take place in the wonderful universe of the connected home in the next months. In total, nearly 190 products have been announced as compatible (or soon to be compatible) with the Matter protocol. A drop of water in the ocean of existing connected things, but a drop of water that can make a difference provided by the products concerned.

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Tobin Richardson, president of CSA, was especially on hand to officially launch Matter.

Amazon and Philips Hue are completely on Matter

Amazon, which has never hidden its desire to become a major player in the smart home, has announced that 17 of its Echo accessories will be compatible with Matter from next December. Echo Dot speakers, Echo Show screens, and even Echo Plus are ready to get an update that makes it easier to integrate accessories into the home automation ecosystem in the next few weeks. Unfortunately, this update will only support the Matter protocol via wifi — no Thread, the hubless protocol, at this time — and the connection must be made through the Android app, with iOS support planned for next year.

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Marja Koopmans, Director of Amazon's Alexa Smart Home & Health Division, on stage

The director of Amazon’s Alexa Smart Home & Health division, Marja Koopmans, was also at the party.

For its part, Signify (the company that sells Philips Hue and Wiz products) also announced that its Hue Bridge will be compatible with Matter in the 1st quarter of 2023. the protocol in 2021, but the company still provides some details of this development. With a simple update, most Philips Hue accessories will therefore be Matter compatible, except for the Dial switch and the HDMI Sync box (protocol improvements should solve the problem). For those who want to get their hands dirty, it is possible to install a beta version of the software today.

Netatmo, Somfy… The French are also in the front row

Similarly, Schneider Electric intends to make its Wiser equipment Matter-compatible using gates. The existing Wiser gateway must be updated first and a new one, which is natively compatible, will be launched afterwards. As for new products, we found Netatmo’s Intelligent Security Sensor, in the demonstration with a connected light bulb for automatic lighting.

Schneider Electric took advantage of the launch of Matter to announce some new features

Schneider Electric took advantage of the launch of Matter to announce some new features.

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In general, many demonstrations revolved around lighting, as we also found this event at the launch of Nanoleaf with the new Essentials range. Others revolve around connected sockets or blinds with Eva and Somfy, but it must be recognized that the use of Matter remains the standard for today. And that doesn’t necessarily change the other new features we can expect to see land in the coming months, just because version 1.0 of Matter hasn’t yet addressed all the connected things on the market.

Limited beginnings for a universal protocol

However, this first version also has the heavy task of laying a solid foundation for building a sustainable ecosystem, for example multi-admin, which should facilitate pairing and sharing. -access. CSA has shown that it has also done a lot of work on security, especially by creating a unique identification system that guarantees that every device added to the network is certified, but more needs to be done for Matter.

We are very interested in knowing how to integrate devices that respond to commands more complex than light bulbs or sockets do, such as surveillance cameras or robot vacuum cleaners, where the working group has been dedicated within the CSA. In total, nine categories are also considered and thus can join the Matter ecosystem in the next versions of the standard. Updates should happen twice a year, if the CSA can keep up with what it has announced.

Major home appliances and energy management solutions should also be able to integrate into the Matter ecosystem afterwards.

Major home appliances and energy management solutions should also be able to integrate into the Matter ecosystem afterwards.

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