Does it matter? Not with new smart home compatibility standards (guide)

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Does it matter? Yes! Matter is the sexy new name for Project Connected Home over IP (CHIP). The Connectivity Standards Alliance (CSA), formerly known as the Zigbee Alliance, supports the new standard. In short, Matter-certified devices will work with each other, regardless of brand or ecosystem.

Matter is a organization of hundreds of companies create, maintain and deliver open global standards for the Internet of Things (IoT). It’s not all about altruism – different standards – Google, Alex, Siri, Zigbee, Thread, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and many more make it difficult to get one size fits all and delay adoption of the smart home.

So far, Google Home and, to a lesser extent, Works with Alexa, LG ThinQ, and Samsung SmartThings have more interoperability on their own platforms, but they still don’t talk to each other.

We believe that all things can work together to improve our everyday experiences, and together we create the standards, tools and platforms that make this possible.

Matter will also improve IoT security, reduce power consumption, and implement (where possible) inter-IoT meshing to extend the range of the smart home beyond Wi-Fi or ZigBee.

For example, the full range of Philips Hue smart lights, bridges and accessories will receive OTA Matter firmware updates. For example, an ambient light sensor can change light/hue levels to match outside light.

Signify is a leader in smart lighting and a longtime Alliance leader. He is thrilled to be a driving force in the creation and adoption of Matter. We believe this multi-brand interoperability in the smart home will catalyze the benefits and value of smart lighting worldwide through Philips Hue and other smart lights and accessories.

George Yianni, Chief Technology Officer Philips Hue, on behalf of Signify.

Does it matter?

First, I would research Matter compatibility for any smart home device. Chances are your investment will be safe if it works with today’s major platforms and comes from a Matter member.

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And many more that will use Matter compatible chips from Intel, Qualcomm, MediaTek, ARM and the Ubuntu-based Matter operating system.

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