New global connectivity standard ‘Matter’ is unveiled today by CSA and its members, including Amazon, Apple, Google, IKEA and Schneider Electric

Schneider Electric tells Incisor.TV that it welcomes the new ‘Matter’ connectivity standard – previously named CHIP (Connected Home over IP) – which it will begin adopting across its connected home and buildings portfolio.

Schneider Electric is one of the 180  companies within the Connectivity Standards Alliance (CSA) that have contributed to the creation and testing of the new Matter standard. The standard builds upon market-proven technologies and best practices. It aims to simplify connected experiences and provide greater interoperability in smart homes and buildings. Schneider is consistently among the top three certifiers of CSA products, therefore well positioned to adopt the new standard.

The new open-source, unified connectivity protocol, Matter, , will be applicable to many smart home and building solutions including lighting, locks, speakers, HVAC controls, security systems, and routers. With Matter, instead of being limited to only those products that work with the smart system already in place, homes and businesses will now have the choice to integrate the new Matter certified devices that best fit their needs, regardless of brand.

 

Matter is built using IP, the native network technology of the internet and backed by major ecosystem providers. Products with the Matter mark will deliver improved cyber security, native cloud connectivity and device interoperability to consumers, manufacturers, product designers and developers alike. Additionally, with standard definitions for device models, and lifecycle events such as provisioning/onboarding, removal, error recovery, and software update, Schneider and CSA suggest that developers can also be more confident in the consistency and quality of their users’ experiences across ecosystems.

Bruno Zerbib, Chief Technology and Digital Officer at Schneider Electric, said: “As the World’s Most Sustainable Corporation recognized by Corporate Knights, it is our firm belief that the path to a net-zero future is both electric and digital. With software-based smart energy management solutions, our customers can accelerate their journey towards sustainable net zero homes and buildings of the future.

“Using open, global standards is essential to achieve digital transformation. Organizations like the Connectivity Standards Alliance are key to creating such standards and we are delighted to partner with other industry leaders to develop IP-based standards, like Matter, that will increase IoT device interoperability in connected smart building ecosystems.”

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