Among the novelties of CES 2022, which ended last Saturday 8 January, there is also the Netatmo IoT device compatible with the Matter universal protocol . The device has brought attention to the protocol, due out in the middle of this year, and to the need to have a standard for communication between smart devices in the home. By adopting Matter, the problem of having to choose the devices on the basis of compatibility with a specific system would be eliminated ; rather, users will be able to purchase IoT devices based on the price and functionality offered.
The Matter protocol
Imagine having to buy a new smart TV: among the selection criteria there is also compatibility with the smart home system in possession, be it Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant or others. Maybe you like a model, which is also reasonably priced, but, ouch you, it doesn't integrate with the system you have at home. The choice of device should not be limited by the ecosystem , but only by the features you are looking for and possibly by the cost. To overcome this problem , Matter was developed , a protocol that promises to eliminate the compatibility problems of IoT devices .
The standard was born thanks to CSA (Connectivity Standards Alliance), an organization formed by companies from all over the world to produce and manage communication standards; among the names that are part of the alliance we find Amazon, Google, Apple, Samsung, Oppo and Huawei, but also Ikea and Legrand.
The Matter protocol, announced in 2019 and expected in the middle of this year, will make it possible to make all smart devices in the home that support the standard interoperable. The brand will no longer be an obstacle: all devices will be able to communicate with each other, regardless of the manufacturer , and will be able to rely on any ecosystem. Light bulbs, switches, thermostats, sensors of various types, but also televisions and remote controls: each device that supports the protocol will be connected with the others without effort.
The standard is based on Thread, a peer-to-peer mesh networking protocol , which eliminates the use of a central hub for communication between devices. The use of this technology allows to have a "self-healing" network, as if one of the nodes stops working, the rest adapt to guarantee communication. Matter also uses BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) technology to activate devices on the network.
Netatmo: the IoT device compatible with Matter arrives
Netatmo has seized the ball and, to celebrate the arrival of Matter, has announced its first IoT device compatible with the communication protocol. The device is also one of the first in the world, and all CES participants welcomed it with great enthusiasm.
The French company has been active since 2011 in the production of smart home devices ; among its products stand out the intelligent carbon monoxide detector and the smart weather station that provides all the information on the state of the home climate (temperature, humidity level, air quality and sound pressure).
Netatmo's device, a smart security sensor , is an infrared contact and motion detection sensor. The device informs the user about the status of doors and windows (open or closed), and is able to detect movement and send a notification via app to inform the presence of someone in the house. The sensor, if placed on doors and windows, also detects small vibrations, warning in time if someone is trying to force them and enter the house.
Netatmo has announced that the sensor will be compatible with Matter , thus ushering in an era of device interoperability. The choice to speak a common language will not only facilitate the installation of the devices , but will also guarantee more security and greater support for users.