Matter is here, finally

The wait is over! Matter has officially launched, and I couldn’t be more excited. For a while, I’ve been holding off on purchasing new smart home gadgets, eagerly waiting for a solution that enables seamless integration between HomeKit and Alexa devices. At the moment, my smart home ecosystem consists of Alexa-only devices and an Eve Thread device confined to Apple’s HomeKit.

The Connectivity Standards Alliance, the international community of more than 550 technology companies committed to open standards for the Internet of Things, announced today the release of the Matter 1.0 specification and the opening of the Matter certification program. Member companies who make up all facets of the IoT now have a complete program for bringing the next generation of interoperable products that work across brands and platforms to market with greater privacy, security, and simplicity for consumers.

As part of the Matter 1.0 release, authorized test labs are open for product certification, the test harnesses and tools are available, and the open-source reference design software development kit (SDK) is complete – all to bring new, innovative products to market. Further, Alliance members with devices already deployed and with plans to update their products to support Matter can now do so, once their products are certified.

Source: CSA

Now, all that’s left is to cross my fingers and hope that my existing devices receive a Matter 1.0 update.