Matter Protocol: A New Era of The Smart Home
Matter protocol has been a hot topic in the smart home field recently. The Matter protocol specification has been studied by many IoT(internet on things) enterprises, and the connection with Matter protocol is what they are trying to complete. If some smart devices are enabled to support Matter protocol, it means that all these smart devices can be controlled by one central controller in any place. That is absolutely an ideal method to build a bridge between different smart products from different brands. Let us find out the meaning of this secret protocol and some upcoming Matter smart home devices.
Part.1 What Is The Matter Protocol?
The Matter protocol is a royalty-free home automation connectivity standard, with manufacturers only incurring certification costs. It was established in December 2019, and we used to call it Project Connected Home over IP(CHIP). The main reason why Matter protocol was invented is to reduce estrangement between different vendors and achieve interoperability within smart products and IoT platforms from different providers. With this bridge of smart devices, all smart home devices that support Matter protocol can be connected and controlled in one central controller no matter where you are. According to the current isolated situation of smart home products and IoT platforms, this is an ideal bridge that can be used to link them together. To establish a comprehensive smart eco system for consumers.
Part.2 Advantages of Matter Protocol
Matter protocol specification has been studied by many home automation brands due to the merits of Matter. Matter protocol is definitely a great invention for the development of smart homes. Check out more about its advantages below.
The first aim of Matter protocol is to make the orders for smart devices faster and easier. This process of installation is supposed to be simple, even for normal users without deep knowledge. A smartphone app is a guidance here to lead users to add smart devices which support Matter protocol to the smart home. The Matter protocol is a guarantee of all smart products that support it will work together, and it is able to eliminate the isolation of smart devices from different brands and the inconvenient purchasing process of consumers.
Multi-admin feature of Matter protocol is the key that allows ou to control smart devices by multiple smart home systems at the same time. You can connect your smart products to diverse apps or systems simultaneously. For instance, it is feasible to turn on your smart lights from the AiDot app, then change the colors of lighting by voice command on Alexa, and turn the light off from the Smartthings app. No matter you are a new user who wants to start a smart home or a skilled user who has regular smart devices and app, you will benefit from the interoperability of Matter protocol. Finding your favorite devices and controlling system without limits in connections between different brands and platforms could be easy in the future.
The latest Matter protocol combines the merits of WiFi, Thread, and their common foundation of IP together, and a new seamless network that supports cross-ecosystem experiences is invented. All the developers can make full use of this invention to work with each other regardless of different brands and platforms. Matter protocol is not only about the communication between smart devices and platforms, but also about defining certain functions. For example, the current smartphone app does not control the smart devices directly but gives commands to a web server or a server farm that the provider holds. This is how IoT works. During this entire transmission, it might be doubtful who owns the ownership of these private data. Under this circumstance, Matter protocol provides local control from the outset to solve this problem. A matter-compatible smart device has to be accessible to apps and platforms in the home network. Matter makes the smartphone and smart devices connect directly within the router’s network.
The last important function of Matter is to make IoT products safe and protect them from privacy attacks. All smart devices are based on data transmission, therefore, it is significant to make the entire use process reliable and safe. Under this concern, Matter uses the unique certificate to achieve the goal of data protection. Every smart device has a unique certificate that protects against counterfeiting and ensures the real identification of this device. Many measures like encryption will be taken to prevent data from unauthorized persons or unknown commands. Shortly, Matter is a trusting protocol that offers a high level of security and privacy protection while there are connections between smart devices and the server.
Part.3 Which Types of Smart Home Devices Will Work with Matter?
Because of so many advantages developers and consumers can obtain, many smart home brands have been in touch with Matter and got the official certification. This is absolutely a certain trend for IoT and home automation. Currently, a lot of enterprises have announced their cooperation with Matter and Matter version smart devices. Some well-known names are listed below.
AiDot has been researching in the smart home field for a long time and it has designed a series of smart home product lines such as smart lighting, security devices, and personal health. The cooperation with Matter at this time is another huge step it takes in this field. From now on, it could be regarded as a giant enterprise in home automation as well. Typically and commonly, this enterprise has a similar willingness which is to unify the entire smart home field and link all the smart devices together, to establish a reliable, secure, and interoperate eco-system. Except for AiDot, many other famous home automation brands like Amazon, Apple, Google, Smartthings, and Homey have announced their ambitions for Matter and the Matter compatible devices. It is inevitable that 2023 be the year in which many Matter supported devices from different brands come out.