Aqara has just announced that two of their newer internationally available hubs will be compatible with the forthcoming Matter Certification standard.
The Company plans to provide global consumers with a variety of Matter-compatible products. As the first step, Aqara will integrate Matter into its existing hubs – Aqara M1S and M2 – through a software update (OTA). The updated Aqara M2 and M1S hubs will enable certain new and existing Aqara child devices to be compatible with Matter.
The first Matter-compatible Aqara child devices will include the latest sensors, wall switches, and smart plugs. Integration with Matter will not disrupt current Aqara smart homes so users will continue to enjoy the same features and benefits of Aqara’s existing Zigbee devices.
Matter, previously known as Project CHIP (Connected Home over IP), is a new, open-source, and secure connectivity standard for IoT devices. Aqara shares Matter’s vision of having a unifying language for the IoT industry to improve consumers’ smart home experiences. The Company is part of the Matter community of more than 200 global companies with a common goal of increasing interoperability across IoT devices, brands and systems, and boosting the adoption of the smart home worldwide.
The OTA update for the M2 and M1S hubs will be available shortly after the Matter rollout. According to the Connectivity Standards Alliance (CSA), the Matter certification program and the first Matter-certified devices are expected to be available in the first half of 2022. As part of the Matter Working Group, Aqara has been actively monitoring the latest Matter developments and specifications to ensure a seamless launch next year.