Matter: Amazon, Apple and Google unite to certify smart home devices #IoT #InternetOfThings

Amazon, Apple and Google have announced their support of Matter, a standard focusing on capable and secure smart devices for homes. Also known as Internet of Things (IoT) products, these devices include smart door locks, light bulbs and thermostats.

The new Matter logo on products and packaging will signify that smart devices, such as lightbulbs you turn on with Amazon Alexa or a video doorbell you monitor with Google Home, will get along well together. The logo looks like a trio of round-tipped arrows pointing toward a common center. The logo also will provide a way for consumers to quickly locate QR codes or numeric codes to help set up their devices.

Tobin Richardson, chief executive of the Connectivity Standards Alliance (formerly the Zigbee Alliance) that’s behind Matter, said in a May interview he expects the logo to become as “ubiquitous” as the Wi-Fi logo currently is.

“As these different devices become more complex networks, it’s all the more important that they’re all talking the same language,” Richardson said. “That mark will be a helping hand to make sure that you can add whatever lightbulbs, whatever door locks, whatever you want to add.” Richardson made the comment in an interview ahead of a Matter press event.

For now, the alliance has been curating Matter technology as an open-source, royalty free project on GitHub. The organization’s marketing team reports developing setup codes that allow users to connect their devices without downloading any apps or linking to cloud services.

You can see the Matter website now and read more on CNet and TechXplore.

Also see Stacy On IoT for more technical details:

By looking at the project’s GitHub code repository, I learned quite a bit, such as the different ways Matter devices can be provisioned, how to create a Thread Border router with a PC, and even how to get a basic Android app that can send test Thread commands. Oh, and there’s some interesting information on the use of Zephyr, an open-source RTOS, or real-time operating system for Matter devices.

CSA has said always said that Matter is IP-based and a standard way for devices to communicate with each other. That sounds good, but how does that happen?

Mostly through small bits of data in a special format that’s already used widely on the web with something called JSON or JavaScript Object Notation.


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