Matter – the new smart home standard

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.

The advantages of Matter

Bosch Smart Home Matter Interoperability irrespective of the manufacturer

Interoperability irrespective of the manufacturer

Interoperability irrespective of the manufacturer

Probably the biggest advantage of Matter is the fact that it makes smart home users largely independent of manufacturers.

Selecting products is much easier if devices work in a number of systems and can communicate with devices from other manufacturers.

Bosch Smart Home Matter Interoperability irrespective of the manufacturer
Bosch Smart Home Matter Straightforward connectivity – without an extra app

Straightforward connectivity – without an extra app

Straightforward connectivity – without an extra app

Matter-capable smart home devices are easy to connect: Each compatible device comes with a QR code – simply scan the code with a smartphone and the connection will automatically be established.

There is no need for an extra Matter app – you can control the devices using the app for the relevant Matter smart home system.

Bosch Smart Home Matter Straightforward connectivity – without an extra app
Bosch Smart Home Matter Certified security & local communication

Certified security & local communication

Certified security & local communication

As a Bosch Smart Home customer, you are used to the very highest security standards. With Matter, nothing changes here. Matter is secure thanks to:

  • Encryption Matter-capable smart home devices communicate exclusively in encrypted form.
  • Local connection: Communication between the Matter-capable smart home devices takes place locally, i.e. not via a cloud or bridge.
  • Blockchain technology: Matter uses Blockchain technology. As a result, data are stored transparently on many distributed servers.

Bosch Smart Home Matter Certified security & local communication
Bosch Smart Home Matter Wide-ranging wireless connectivity via Thread, WLAN or bridge

Wide-ranging wireless connectivity via Thread, WLAN or bridge

Wide-ranging wireless connectivity via Thread, WLAN or bridge

Matter is not a wireless standard. It is a communication protocol (based on the Internet protocol = IP), i.e. the language that devices speak, not the medium which connects them.

Accordingly, Matter uses wireless standards (transmission protocols) which are IP-based. The following are possible:

  • Thread: Thread is a so-called mesh network, where the range and density of the wireless network increases with each Thread device. One advantage of Thread is its low energy consumption.
  • WLAN: Good old WLAN is another possible Matter wireless standard.

And what about a bridge?
Alternatively, a bridge can translate the signals in the manufacturer connection standard (e.g. Zigbee) into the Matter IP standard. In many cases, the control centre (hub or controller) of the smart home ecosystem used acts as a bridge. Sometimes, other devices from the manufacturer perform this function.

Bosch Smart Home Matter Wide-ranging wireless connectivity via Thread, WLAN or bridge

Restrictions

Bosch Smart Home Matter Device types currently supported

Device types currently supported

The current version of the Matter standard supports specific device types in the following categories:

  • Light
  • Sockets & switches
  • Heating & climate
  • Shading
  • 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.).

Bosch Smart Home Control of basic functions

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.

Bosch Smart Home Matter

*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.