(Electronic Enthusiast Network reported article / Zhang Ying) "Last month, I bought a smart home product vacuum cleaner from Xiaomi and installed the Xiaomi APP. Yesterday, I bought a Luke smart door lock and installed the company's smart door lock. APP. Both of them use the Zigbee protocol, but the two Zigbee cannot be interconnected, so the two APPs must be installed on the mobile phone. If I buy another Tmall Genie, I will install another APP.” Recently, a A friend complained to the author that the split between smart home products is so frustrating.

In response to the pain points of interconnection and interoperability of smart home products, what different solutions have the industry launched? What is the progress and latest cases of the Matter standard? The author brings the latest and latest five new products at the CES2022 exhibition.

Apple, Huawei, Infineon, Amazon and other big names have joined Matter standard members

The pain points of smart home interconnection and interaction, what good solutions do Apple and Huawei have? Apple has developed a Homekit standard. The advantage of Homekit is that combined with Apple’s iOS, it can serve customers well and improve the experience. Apple’s system is an APP. But the disadvantage of Homekit is that, serving billions of customers, Apple will use its own security chips, which is a bit expensive, and domestic customers do not want to bear these costs. Many smart home devices, such as LED lamps, smart door locks, sweeping robots, smoke alarms, etc. are connected to the cloud through wireless technology, such as Samsung Smart things, Amazon's Nest, Apple Homekit, including China's Alibaba, Huawei, Cloud service providers such as Xiaomi integrate cloud equipment and provide services to the cloud. But at present, some manufacturers access the cloud through WiFi, some through Thread, and some through Zigbee. We have not achieved interconnection so far.

What does the Matter standard that turned out do? Matter is a standardized IP-based connectivity protocol designed to serve as a building block for intelligent technology. On May 11, 2021, the Zigbee Alliance, established in 2002, was renamed the CSA Connectivity Standards Alliance (CSA Alliance), and at the same time released the smart home connectivity standard brand Matter to accelerate the interconnection of smart home products. Many major global technology companies, including Apple, Amazon, Google, Samsung, Huawei, Infineon, NXP, ST, TI, Espressif Technology, etc., have committed to adopting the Matter protocol standard to provide consumers with compatible devices to choose from.

Five new product cases

Industry experts told reporters that the purpose of the Matter standard is to realize the interconnection between the products of different manufacturers of smart homes, and the interconnection and interconnection on the basis of data security. The latest development of Matter standard can support WiFi 802.11 abgn as and Thread (IEEE802.15.4). It means that devices connected to WiFi can now support the entire Matter protocol by accessing the Matter software, and realize interconnection with Matter devices from different manufacturers. In addition, Zigee and Thread have a wide range of application scenarios in smart homes, both of which can support the Matter standard, and Bluetooth BLE can also support Matter networks in the future. Users will be happy. Matter finally establishes a unified standard at the upper level, and users do not have to struggle to develop different technologies, and the original chip factory can solve these problems.

Figure: Product network diagram that supports the Matter protocol. Shooting by electronics enthusiasts

Amazon's latest support for the Matter protocol

Figure: Amazon's smart speaker

The Matter Protocol is "a home automation connectivity standard that allows smart home devices to collaborate with each other in disparate smart home systems." At CES 2022, Amazon announced that it is offering some developers and device makers looking to create Matter-compatible products Feature support.

Amazon has released Matter development tools and feature support packages for the developer community. Developers can now view the Frustration Free Setup documentation, install and integrate the manufacturing of Matter Wi-Fi devices on their devices, Amazon said. Documentation for Matter over Thread devices for low-power applications will be released soon, due later in 2022.

Belkin

After announcing its new Wemo smart video doorbell and new ANC earbuds, Belkin has revealed plans to bring new versions of its three most popular smart home products to market. Next-generation versions of the Wemo Smart Plug, Wemo Smart Light Switch, and Wemo Smart Dimmer will support Matter over Thread. The new generation of Wemo smart plugs and lighting controls will be easily integrated into smart home systems for reliable and seamless connectivity and compatibility with other Matter-enabled products. The new WeMo smart plug and lighting solutions will be available in 25 countries around the world later this year.

Image via Belkin

"We are delighted that members like Belkin are adopting Matter, and are excited to see Matter-enabled products under the Wemo brand coming to market with our specification and certification program," said Jon Harros, Director of Certification at CSA.

GE

GE's Cync brand showcased its massively expanded smart lighting product line at CES 2022. Cync's products, including light switches, indoor and outdoor light bulbs, smart plugs, indoor cameras and motion sensors, use Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Mesh to connect. They don't require a hub and are compatible with Google and Alexa smart home platforms. Cync also shared its commitment to the new Matter smart home standard, whose color A19 bulbs and strips will be compatible with Matter via a firmware update when the standard rolls out in mid-2022.

Image via GE

In addition, the company has further strengthened its investment in the smart home field with the release of new outdoor cameras and smart thermostats, and promised future support for the Matter standard.

Aqara

At CES 2022, smart home accessories maker Aqara unveiled two new sensors that offer Thread support. The new thread-based door and window sensors and motion sensors are scheduled to ship in the second half of 2022. Prices for these two products have not been announced. Aqara's new line of Thread-based products offers users another option to tap into the Matter ecosystem.

Image via Aqara

Aqara also promises to provide Matter support for existing Zigbee products through over-the-air firmware upgrades for Aqara M2 and M1S gateway devices. This update will in turn push Aqara's hub connection accessories to Matter, allowing them to connect with other Matter-compatible third-party devices and enabling users to keep their existing setup intact.

Google

The average U.S. household will have 25 connected devices in 2021, up from 11 in 2019. Over the next few months, users will be able to set up the headset for quiet viewing at home on a Google TV or Android TV OS device. With built-in support for Matter on Android, you can use Google's Fast Pair to quickly connect your new Matter-enabled smart home device to your network, Google Home, and other companion apps with just a few taps.

Image via Google

It is reported that Tuya Smart, a global IoT development platform service provider, officially announced at CES 2022 that it will support the Matter protocol to help developers create a seamless smart home experience. According to the CSA Alliance, when the Matter standard is released in 2022, there will be about a hundred or so first batch of Matter certified products. Obviously, we expect more Matter-certified new products from US manufacturers, European manufacturers and Chinese manufacturers around the middle of this year.

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