On the 11th of May 2021, the Connectivity Standards Alliance – previously known as Zigbee – announced that it would rename Project CHIP to Matter.
But, as good as it sounds, devices are sometimes incompatible in terms of connectivity.
In fact, incompatibility issues could heighten – statistics show that automation in American homes will be more than 50% in 2023.
For that reason, bigwigs like Samsung, Google, Apple, and Amazon formed the association in 2019. The group initially named the protocol project CHIP but, from now on, it will be called Matter.
Matter is an IP-based protocol that will make the interconnection between intelligent devices possible.
Are you wondering about the inspiration behind the name?
Well, it’s from life’s building block – matter.
The technology will create, deliver, and maintain the open standards to allow interoperability.
That will alleviate the confusion that customers and developers experience, creating more cohesiveness. Your smart gadgets will work together with Google Assistant, Smart things, Siri, Alexa, and many others.
In a nutshell, the protocol will offer the following attributes:
- Flexibility – interconnections with multiple ecosystems
- Security – secure connections for users and developers
- Simplicity- better user experience
- Interoperability – more compatibility
- Reliability – responsive and consistent connections
So, how will you know which devices will conform to the Matter standard when making purchases? The gadgets will have Matter’s symbol – three arrows moving towards a central point to show convergence /connection.
Equipment featuring the mark will be on the shelves in late November.