The Matter smart home device unifier offers a secure and reliable household gateway
Based on the idea of a single, universal standard for smart home devices, the Matter smart home device unifier aims to make the smart home’s operation and setup as simple as possible. Almost every smart home announcement at this year’s CES 2022 mentioned and recognized Matter, and there’s good reason to.
Currently, more than 220 companies have joined Matter, including the major three in smart home: Amazon, Google, and Apple. The tech giants have all pledged their commitment to the Matter smart home device unifier with an open-source approach in development. As of May 2021, there were only 180 companies in the Matter “alliance”. Support for Matter compatibility grew with over 2,400 engineers on board to make this technology come to fruition.
Still months away, the initial release of the Matter smart home device unifier is scheduled for the end of the second quarter of this year. Already in the works are 134 unique products from 53 different companies to bring consumers “Connected Home Over IP”. Some other big names include Comcast, LG, Philips Hue, and Samsung.
The most important feature of the Matter smart home device unifier is to bring the capability of a product or system to interact and function with others. Therefore, consumers won’t need the proprietary apps that come with each device, as they will all be unified under one. More Matter compatibility means less mobile apps to download, install, and learn.
To ensure a smooth communication between devices, Matter employs a range of security mechanisms, including blockchain ledgers and zero trust. Advanced security and encryption will aid in the protection of user information and the prevention of illegal access.
At launch, Matter compatibility will function across numerous door locks, sensors, lighting, thermostats, smart hubs and bridges, garage door openers, smart plugs and smart TVs. In the near future, this list will also include household appliances, cameras, water leak sensors, and robot vacuums.
Although it may take some time for the Matter smart home device unifier to thrive, its popularity at CES 2022 is definitely a good sign for the new tech. We hope that the software is intuitive enough to the point where people of all ages are able to navigate and execute its functionalities.