Mattar Residences Launches Smart Home Platform Matter

Mattar Residences is a freehold development at Matter Road in Singapore District 14. The project has a total of 26 units. This new launch is located near Canossa Convent Primary School, MacPherson Primary School and a few minutes away from Macpherson MRT Station.

Unlike most smart home devices, Matter uses local networks (ethernet and Wi-Fi) rather than cloud services. It’s also designed to reduce fragmentation by allowing different ecosystems to work together without having to be a part of one larger platform.

At launch, Matter will support a handful of device categories. Those include smart light bulbs and fixtures, smart plugs and switches, smart thermostats and other HVAC controls, smart shades and door/window sensors, and media devices like TVs. The list of alliance members and participants reads like a who’s who in the smart home world, including the big names Apple, Amazon, Google and Samsung as well as smaller companies such as Philips Hue, Eve, Nanoleaf and Switchbot. CES 2024 was awash with new Matter-compatible products, including appliances from LG and Samsung and smart locks from Schlage.

The big selling point of Matter is that it allows devices from multiple ecosystems to communicate with each other. That could allow you to control your SmartThings lights with an app from another ecosystem or swap between platforms at will. However, it’s still up to individual companies whether they’ll make their own apps and ecosystems Matter-compatible or not. For example, Z-Wave chipmaker Silicon Labs is working on software and hardware solutions to bridge existing Zigbee and Z-Wave devices into Matter. But as the inexorable march of capitalism teaches us, it’s unlikely that any of those solutions will make their way into your current SmartThings hub or your Philips Hue light bulb. matter residences

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