Schneider Electric to integrate new ‘Matter’ standard

Issue 3 2021 News & Events

Schneider Electric welcomes the new ‘Matter’ connectivity standard, which it will begin adopting across its connected home and buildings portfolio.

Schneider Electric is a member of the Connectivity Standards Alliance (CSA) and has contributed to the creation and testing of the new Matter standard. The industry-unifying standard builds upon market-proven technologies and best practices. It aims to simplify connected experiences and provide greater interoperability in smart homes and buildings.

The new open-source, unified connectivity protocol, Matter, previously named CHIP (Connected Home over IP), 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, developers can also be more confident in the consistency and quality of their users' experiences across ecosystems.

Putting consumers in the driving seat

With increased interoperability of the IoT-connected devices in the smart home ecosystem, homeowners and builders can create homes of tomorrow with a flexible, future-proof architecture that leverages Matter-connected devices across ecosystems to gain reliable, consolidated and secure visibility of energy consumption. This visibility, coupled with the help of AI-enabled and software-driven smart energy management solutions, puts consumers in the driving seat when it comes to how energy in the home is produced, stored, distributed and consumed.

It can also enable the smart home system to prioritise green energy, ensuring power-hungry appliances and devices, such as electric vehicles (EVs), consume most of their energy from solar or decarbonised energy sources in the home. This is yet another way for the consumer and the planet to benefit from this initiative.

Find out more about the CSA at www.csa-iot.org and about Matter at  www.buildwithmatter.com




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