This has taken a while. Matter is finally here. I’ve been waiting to deliberating to get new smart home devices and decided to hold back. What I really wanted is interoperability between HomeKit and Alexa devices. Currently I have a subset of devices that are pretty much Alexa exclusive and an Eve Thread device that’s stuck in 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 I’m just gonna hope they upgrade my existing devices to Matter 1.0.