The Communications Standard Alliance (CSA), which oversees the development of Matter, has announced the availability of its new universal smart home standard. Case 1.0 is the first framework that alliance members can use to make their smart home devices more interoperable, safer, and smarter.
- CSA officially launches Matter 1.0 after years of delay.
- Manufacturers must pass the tests before Matter certification is issued.
- Apple and Google are preparing to add Meter components to iOS/iPadOS and Android.
After appearing on Apple’s iOS 16 beta release and Android 13 operating system last month, Mate is now fully available, at least for manufacturers. With Matter version 1.0, the alliance has opened test labs where members can certify products and ship the necessary equipment and software kits to ensure compatibility with the new IoT standard.
Why ‘Matter’ formal matters
Mater’s launch allows smart home products to be compatible with multiple platforms. For example, any smart bulb certified by Mater can connect to different bridges or hubs. Additional members can control the device regardless of the mobile app or voice assistants they use.
Beyond connectivity, the smart home hardware also taps into Wi-Fi and Thread technologies. The former provides fast and wide wireless coverage while the latter is used to protect users’ privacy with an ultra-low energy consumption system.
When we look at the first element(s) of matter
A few smart home devices that support the new standard have been launched and are available in the market. Google’s new Nest WiFi Pro and Doorbell (2022) are fully compatible with Matter. On the other hand, other manufacturers like Philips Hue release software updates to unlock the potential of their products.
Moreover, Apple and Google are two prominent players who are expected to start incorporating the issue into their respective operating systems by the end of the year. iOS 16.1 will be available later this year. Similar to the upcoming Android 13 update, it will add an extra layer of content.