Electronic Enthusiasts Network reported (text/Huang Shanming) Smart home has been developed for many years, but I believe that many people who use related products have encountered a problem. There is no unified connection standard for different brands of smart home items, and you have to switch to different products if you want to use them. remote control, or use a different APP. If the data is not accessible, it is impossible to achieve true whole-house intelligence.

The industry has always wanted to be able toHaveA universal connectivity standard that allows all brands of devices to communicate with each other.However, the interconnection of smart homes is not so much a technical issue as it is a business issue. Many smart home manufacturers hope to create a smart ecosystem of their own, so as to maximize their own interests.

Smart home products using the Matter protocol (Source: Matter)

Coincidentally, everyone thinks so, and no one of the leading manufacturers is willing to give in, making the domestic smart home market fall into a prisoner’s dilemma. It is clear that everyone compromises with each other will be the best solution, but they are unwilling to do so, and no one can do anything when their strengths are similar.

At this time, Matter, an open source connection standard customized and created by more than 200 enterprises, is developing rapidly.Led by the International Connection Standards Alliance (Connectivity Standards Alliance, CSA for short, formerly known as Zigbee Alliance), members include Amazon, Apple, Google, Samsung, Huawei, OPPO, Tuya and many other smart home manufacturers.

Some members of the alliance in the official website of Mtter

Matter can leverage existing technologies such as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Ethernet, etc., to allow all Matter-enabled smart homes in the home to communicate with each other locally, without the need to connect to the cloud.

and Matter is not asApple HomeKit, Google Home, and Amazon’s AlexaThis is a smart home integration platform, but only provides communication channels and communication programming languages ​​for smart home devices. Matter is also an IP-based technology, which means the technology can communicate using the same mechanisms as the Internet.

Some people may worry about data security in smart homes. After all, in the smart home ecosystem of a single brand, you can understand where the data is stored, and you can find the relevant person in charge in the event of a data security problem.

But now Matter has three major leaders, including Apple, Google, and Amazon, all of which have their own cloud services, so where will the data be stored? This requires a feature of Matter, which is locality.

You only need to add a transceiver device that supports the Matter protocol to the original smart home equipment, without changing the original design, which saves a lot of costs. At the same time, the smart home equipment using Matter can run locally, through Wi-Fi, Threads are connected to each other and do not need to be interconnected through the cloud. This means that even if the internet goes down, all smart home devices will still work.

Of course, if you want to upgrade the related software of smart home, you still need to be connected to the Internet, but this is enough to solve people’s worries about using smart home devices.

For major manufacturers, this is also an important reason why they are really willing to accept Matter as a general protocol. Because for manufacturers, data is a real treasure in this era, and it is precisely because they are unwilling to share data with other manufacturers that they have been hindering the interconnection of domestic smart home manufacturers.

Now the emergence of Matter, the domestic smart home market will usher in new changes, not only Huawei, OPPO, Tuya and other major manufacturers, but also industry giants such as Lumi and Ou Ruibo have joined the Matter camp. From this point of view, Matter unified the domestic smart home agreement toYesHigh probability.

For consumers, Matter puts all smart home platforms on a level playing field, because all smart homes can be interconnected, so that consumers no longer have to worry about a smart home product only for a certain platform. Can only purchase it, with more options.

For manufacturers, Matter can allow equipment manufacturers to focus more on product and technology research and development. To put it bluntly, it breaks the “iron rice bowl” of the smart home platform unified by individual manufacturers in the past, and makes all smart home companies roll up .

Of course, this is not a bad thing. Manufacturers can focus more on product polishing and innovation, and consumers will also enjoy a better experience, which is a win-win situation.

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