Matter – the new smart home standard
Everything you need to know about the international connection standard
Matter is a connection standard for smart home devices from a range of manufacturers. It allows devices from various manufacturers to communicate with each other – and to be used as part of a smart home ecosystem.
You can read about the Matter standard and how you can use Matter and Bosch Smart Home here.
What is Matter?
Matter is a connection standard for smart home devices from a range of manufacturers. It was developed by leading providers such as Apple, Google, Amazon, Samsung SmartThings and the Zigbee Alliance who came together to form the Connectivity Standards Alliance (CSA).
The goal: Standardizing and thus simplifying smart home systems. CSA came up with Matter – a free smart home communication protocol which can be used by all manufacturers on the market.
Many popular manufacturers are now working on making their smart home devices Matter-compatible (either in full or via a corresponding bridge) in order to allow varied and, above all, flexible use irrespective of the manufacturer. Bosch Smart Home is no exception here.
Matter is not a new smart home system – it is like a common language which all Matter-capable smart home devices speak, regardless of the company that manufactured them.
Accordingly, an app from one manufacturer can control the products from another manufacturer – with the functions defined internationally on a general level in the Matter standard.
Device types currently supported
The current version of the Matter standard supports specific device types in the following categories:
- Sockets & switches
- Heating & climate
- Motion and opening sensors
- Door locks
- Media players
- Controllers & bridges
Others are planned, but are currently not part of the Matter standard (e.g. cameras, home appliances etc.).
Control of basic functions
The Matter standard defines common basic functions for each device category, e.g. “on/off”. All Matter devices in a particular device category can be controlled using the desired smart home app.
For example, a door/window contact from one manufacturer can cover the same functions as one from another manufacturer.
Advanced functions, e.g. time programs, automations, services and scenarios, can be used via the system providers’ own apps.
Matter & Bosch Smart Home
From early 2024: Use the Bosch Smart Home controller as a Matter bridge
Bosch Smart Home too is working to make your smart helpers Matter-capable.
With a software update, you will soon be able to use your Bosch Smart Home controller or Smart Home controller II as a Matter Bridge. The Bosch Smart Home devices listed below can thus be integrated into other Matter ecosystems.
*Provisionally from the beginning of 2024 via the Bosch Smart Home controller or Bosch Smart Home controller II acting as a Matter bridge)
Also applies to previous radiator thermostat, room thermostat, underfloor heating room thermostat, door/window contact, smart plug and universal switch models.
FAQs about Matter
Do I need new devices for Matter?
No, you do not necessarily need new devices for Matter. Many manufacturers get their smart helpers ready for Matter via a software update – Bosch Smart Home is no exception. The Bosch Smart Home controller is still needed to use the devices in Matter smart home systems.
How do I know if a device is compatible with Matter?
To make Matter compatibility clear, most Matter-compatible smart home devices bear the Matter logo on the packaging.