The smart home market has been perpetually on the cusp of explosion for the last decade or two. However, with the exception of point solutions such as Amazon Echo, Nest and Ring adoption has been relatively slow. While there may be appealing individual devices no-one has quite cracked the creation of a smart home ecosystem supporting multiple device types. Samsung SmartThings is perhaps the closest. It is possible that this is set to change. The arrival later in 2022 of the Matter standard promises to create interoperability between a host of smart home devices, and open up the ecosystem for more new developers.
This report looks at the Matter standard, and its partner technology Thread, to understand its capabilities and likely success.