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Matter: A Protocol Revolutionizing Home Automation?

Matter: A Protocol Revolutionizing Home Automation?
What is the Matter protocol, and why is it considered revolutionary? Will it be able to establish itself on the market or will it remain just one of thousands of standards for home automation?

In recent years, the concept of home automation has gained increasing popularity, transforming our homes and buildings into smart, interconnected environments. At the heart of this technological revolution is an emerging new standard: the Matter protocol.But what exactly is it and what advantages does it offer? Will Matter catch on or become one of the 1000 standards for home automation on the market today?

What is the Matter Protocol?

The Matter protocol is an initiative by the Connectivity Standards Alliance, supported by some of the biggest names in technology, including Apple, Google, Amazon, and Comcast. The goal of Matter is to create a common language for home automation devices, allowing them to communicate and operate together seamlessly, regardless of brand or manufacturer.

Home Automation and Interoperability

One of the main obstacles in the development of home automation is the lack of interoperability between various brands. Each manufacturer uses different standards or proprietary protocols, making it difficult for consumers to integrate products of different brands into one system. Matter is an open protocol that aims, like other open protocols, to become the benchmark for all producers worldwide. This means that if the devices in a Smart Home are compatible with the Matter protocol, they can all be managed from a single app, without brand or protocol constraints.

Application of the Matter Protocol in Smart Homes

In Smart Homes, Matter greatly simplifies the installation and use of smart devices. We can confidently install a new thermostat, a smart lock, or solar panels, knowing that the new Matter-compatible devices will work with the existing ecosystem, regardless of their brand – and this enhances the user experience.

Benefits for Smart Buildings

Smart Buildings, such as condominiums, hotel and hospital facilities, or commercial buildings, can reap benefits from adopting the Matter protocol: integrated management of systems such as lighting, security, heating, and ventilation is crucial for optimizing energy efficiency and occupant comfort. Matter can facilitate this integration, allowing all devices to communicate in a consistent and coordinated manner. This can lead to savings on operating costs and an overall improvement in building performance.

Energy Savings with the Matter Protocol

One of the most promising aspects of home automation are the energy savings. Thanks to its ability to efficiently communicate between smart devices, Matter can help optimize energy efficiency in a Smart Home or Smart Building.

Is the Matter Protocol really that revolutionary in Dovit’s opinion?

Without questioning the advantages that a universal protocol such as Matter can offer, a single technology for managing very different areas seems to be a mirage, rather than a reality.

Each area of application has different requirements

A lighting system should cost little and does not have to be fast.

The technology for controlling a multimedia system, on the other hand, requires maximum speed and transmission quality, and the cost of the technology becomes secondary.

An alarm and security system generally uses few open and widespread protocols to ensure security in data exchange and control. Many alarm system functions are rarely connected to generalist or third-party cloud functions that are more appropriate for technological gadgets.

Energy control systems need certified technologies for data storage even in the absence of internet connection or power supply and need to interact with other energy systems with local logic systems to be able to intervene in time, for example, in case of distributed overload control in a local network.

We must also bear in mind that there are already hundreds of millions of smart installations working with the most common protocols, many of which have been on the market for more than 50 years.

Conclusion

In our opinion, there will not be a single standard for home automation. Rather, interoperability between different technologies will become more and more prevalent thanks to border controllers or true multi-protocol integration hubs.
Dovit and DO.Lab, our research and development team, have focussed on the principle of integration and flexibility from the outset, so that the customers can choose the technology they prefer depending on the area of application.

To this end, Dovit has been designing and producing smart integration servers for 20 years, capable of connecting different protocols and technologies: from professional technologies (such as Modbus, KNX, Bacnet, M-Bus, dmx, Dali, etc.) to those intended for small, “do it yourself” installations, typically based on wireless technologies such as Zigbee, Google Home, Alexa, Spotify and, in the near future, also Matter. The main goal we pursue with our technology is to optimise the energy efficiency of every smart home and smart building.

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