The Matterhouse – Connecting Your Home to the Internet of Things

A new smart home protocol called Matter is poised to make the smart home even more connected. The standard is designed to let devices from different manufacturers communicate with each other and share information, and it’s already supported by a broad range of companies that build things like lighting and appliances, smart thermostats, door locks, window and door sensors, cameras, and more. Matter devices can be managed by any smart voice assistant or hub that supports the protocol, and it’s also compatible with a few other platforms like Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa, and Google Assistant.

The four big smart home platforms have been working on supporting Matter, and you’ll be able to control a device with whichever app, speaker, or hub is best for you. The list of devices certified for the protocol reads like a who’s who of the smart home world: lighting, electrical, heating and cooling, locks and security, window and doors, and TVs.

You won’t need a separate Matter controller to set up and use your devices; the technology will be baked into existing products like smart speakers, routers, and digital displays. In addition, many existing hubs will be able to bridge their devices into Matter by installing a software update. This is how companies such as Philips Hue, Eve, WiZ, and Nanoleaf have already started updating their products to work with Matter, while the likes of Apple, Amazon, and SmartThings have all announced that they will be adding support for the tech in upcoming products.

During CES 2024, a bunch of other companies were also making their own new Matter-compatible devices to join the party. Those include the upcoming Veea Stax smart hub hardware and the Stax Home Smart Home-as-a-Service offering, as well as a range of smart home gadgets from the likes of Ecovacs, Roborock, Aqara, and Cync. Several Z-Wave hubs are pledging to upgrade their devices to work with Matter, including the likes of the Homey Pro hub and Lockly’s upcoming Z-Wave locks, while the 4th-gen Nest Hub, Apple HomePod Mini, and Amazon Echo (2nd Gen) will all be Matter controllers when they launch.

One thing to keep in mind is that you won’t be able to control a Matter device with an alarm system. The CSA has said that Matter will support cameras, but it’s not clear whether the protocol will include support for an alarm system. That could change in the future, though, as more smart security brands start working on integrating with Matter. It’s not an immediate concern for most people, since smart security systems are typically tied into a central home automation system anyway. Whether you’re looking for an apartment, townhome or condo at Mattar Residences, there is a home to suit your lifestyle and budget. Neighborhood groceries stores like NTUC fairprice are within walking distance, and local eateries like 80 Circuit Road Market & Food Centre are nearby. Top schools like Canosa Catholic Primary School and Macpherson Methodist School are close by too. matter residences

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