Matter residences is located at Mattar Road near Canossa Convent Primary School, MacPherson Primary School and other nearby facilities. It offers 250 residential units.
When it comes to smart home devices, the industry has become a little like a wild west. Devices from different manufacturers and using different protocols work together only if they’re connected via a hub that uses a common communications back-end. It’s a hassle, but it’s what makes the technology work.
In an effort to reduce the fragmentation of smart home technology, a handful of big-name tech companies have created Matter, a new interoperability standard. It works alongside existing tech standards (Wi-Fi, ethernet and Thread) to communicate between devices and manage tasks, says the Consumer Electronics Association (CSA).
Rather than creating its own hub, Matter controllers can be baked into current smart home devices like smart speakers, routers and digital displays. The likes of Google, Amazon and Samsung SmartThings have already updated their flagship Echo and Nest Hub speakers and displays to act as Matter controllers; their other products are also likely to gain support over the next few months.
Most current devices that use Bluetooth, Wi-Fi or Zigbee will get Matter compatibility through over-the-air updates, with the exception of those that require constant power. Manufacturers of those types of devices are also expected to create Matter bridges that let them connect to the new protocol. Matter is also designed to be more local, reducing the need for reliance on the cloud. Its list of partners reads like a who’s who of the IoT world and includes Apple, Amazon, Comcast and Samsung SmartThings. The CSA expects the number of Matter-compatible devices to grow rapidly in 2023. matter residences