DETROIT – Starting next year, consumers will be able to buy smart home devices — like thermostats, lighting systems and kitchen appliances — that can talk to one another through a new connectivity standard called Matter.

Why it matters: Interoperability of home devices has long been a distant dream, but big boys like Amazon, Google and Apple have coalesced around Matter, hoping it will become a common brand name governing the Internet of Things (IoT).

How it works: Sometime in 2022, companies will start selling Matter-branded products that will (ideally) work together seamlessly and securely — integrating everything from Siri and Alexa to your TV controls, home alarm system and even your pet-tracking device.

  • A likely scenario is that a customer will buy a base unit as a hub for all Matter-connected devices, then control everything through a single app.
  • More than 200 companies have signed up to support Matter, which is overseen by a group called the Connectivity Standards Alliance.

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