Major Milestone for Smart Homes: The Matter Agreement
According to Fortune Business Insights, the global smart home market will be worth US$80.21 billion in 2022 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 20.1%, increasing from US$93.98 billion in 2023 to US$338.28 billion in 2030.
In the rapidly growing smart home market, various brands and major players such as Amazon, Apple, Google, and Samsung have developed a new standard called “Matter” meant to simplify the smart home ecosystem with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or Thread connections, solving various issues with disconnected ecosystems. With Matter, various smart home products and devices will have better compatibility with one another and will be easier to use. Currently, more than 250 manufacturers have joined Matter and are incorporating Matter technology, making it more convenient for consumers to purchase, set up, and use in their smart homes.
In the past, consumers had to use dedicated gateway products from various manufacturers when building a smart home ecosystem since different products from different ecosystems could not communicate with each other. The Matter smart home ecosystem does not require gateway products. As long as you use Matter-certified home control products with a user-interactive interface (such as remote controls, smart speakers, and others), you can control smart devices and home appliances from different ecosystems.
TVs Still Play an Important Role in Linking up Smart Home Ecosystems
The TV has always played an important role in the smart home ecosystem. With Matter ecosystems, TVs will now be even more diversified.
- Home Control: Use the control interface to control devices within the Matter ecosystem through cloud or local connections.
- For example TVs, mobile phones, tablets, smart watches, laptops, and others.
- Home Hub: Control other Matter devices with local connections
- For example TVs, smart speakers, routers, and others.
- End Device: Matter smart home products with diverse functions.
- For example TVs, smart lighting, smart curtains, security sensors, smart door locks, and others.
As a Matter-certified lab, Allion has decades of experience with TV testing. Having discussed the various application scenarios, TV manufacturers may now encounter difficulties with connection and function development in the Matter ecosystem such as:
- What are the specifications for Matter TV products?
- How do you handle the Matter certification process for TV products?
- Which laboratory can provide certification for Thread, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth simultaneously?
- What types of equipment do I require for independent verification? How do you build an application ecosystem?
- How do you enable and control connections between the TV and other Matter devices?
- What user scenarios need to be considered for TVs, since they interact with so many different devices?
- What are the compatibility and connection issues between TVs, smart home devices, and network devices?
Matter Solves a Problem but Causes More?
Allion owns more than 60 pieces of Matter-related testing equipment, having the world’s most complete Matter exosystem testing environment. Allion’s Matter consulting team has also discovered the following issues through experience.
- When adding a Matter smart socket through the smart TV, the device cannot be found, even when networks are functioning normally
- Device status information is out of sync between smart device apps and public apps on different platforms
- After connecting to a device, an error message pops up showing the phrase “Something went wrong” (shown below), resulting in a lot of wasted time trying again
If you encounter these issues yourselves, you may leave a bad review on their website or e-commerce platforms. Identifying potential issues before the product is sold, ensuring connectivity with other devices, and providing a reliable product will help brands in the market turn their TVs into the most recommended smart home hubs, improving their brand image and increasing market share.
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