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Matter Testing and Certification Program

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A trend-setting standard for smart home devices

Smart home products are in demand all over the world. However, on international markets, manufacturers face a multitude of different technical and legal requirements – until now! The Matter communication standard of the "Connectivity Standards Alliance" (CSA) is the first international standard that defines uniform, cross-national framework conditions for smart home products.

It specifies the application layer that will be deployed on devices as well as the different link layers to help maintain interoperability and thus, guarantees the compatibility of your smart home product with other IoT devices.

Matter 1.1 was released on May 18, 2023. It creates an improved path forward for developers and new user experiences, preparing for the next leg of Matter’s journey. The updates in 1.1 make it easier for device makers and developers to get started with Matter, and to more easily certify products they’ve developed and get them to users faster.

When it comes time for testing and certifying the devices they’ve built, new enhancements to testing automation make it easier for device makers to pre-qualify their products and verify they will pass certification. This is also an improvement for Authorized Testing Laboratories (ATLs) with improved automation making testing more efficient and comprehensive.

Benefit from this first royalty-free smart home standard

Benefit from the advantages of an industry-unifying smart home standard. | TÜV Rheinland

Matter is based on a broad alliance of major companies and well-known brands and is thus a promising approach to an industry-unifying standard. It leads to a reliable, and secure connectivity also with regards to a familiar and consistent setup flow.

The communication standard is working without internet connection, security is on a high level and the communication between the devices is encoded. The compliance with these requirements is ensured by the certification process, in which different criteria such as connectivity, performance and interoperability are tested. Matter is easy to adapt for interested IoT device manufacturers, because it´s using common wireless standards like Bluetooth, Wi-Fi or Thread. Via a software update, it can be installed on existing devices.

Furthermore, the Matter logo is a well-known signal to end consumers, that your product will be compatible to existing ecosystems. With Matter testing and certification, you show that your smart home product meets the requirements of consumers who value intuitive handling, high performance and smooth operation of your product in various smart home systems in addition to its numerous functions.

Matter is the first step for a promising future

A number of smart home product categories has been included in the first launch of Matter in 2022:

  • Lighting and electrical
  • Fan controls
  • HVAC controls
  • Door locks
  • Sensors (inc. safety and security)
  • Window coverings/shades
  • TVs
  • Controller and bridges

It´s worth to familiarize already with the standard, even if your product is not yet included. It is believed that Matter would continuously improve concerning new device categories, functionalities and security.

With Matter 2.0 we expect the following device categories:

  • Appliances (white goods)
  • Robot vacuum cleaners
  • Doorbells / cameras
  • Energy management (EV Charging +)
  • Access points, border routers

Prove your smart home product's competitiveness

We are a CSA Authorized Test Provider and can offer compliance testing according to Matter | TÜV Rheinland

Do you want to get the certification for your smart home product? The graphic besides show the multistep certification process from becoming a CSA member across product testing all the way to your DCL entry.

New product applications require compliance testing at a CSA Authorized Test Provider. As an experienced testing provider with worldwide capacities we can of course offer such a service. After testing is successfully completed, we will issue a final test report to the CSA.

Choose one of four international testing laboratories for Matter

TÜV Rheinland runs 4 of the 18 existing laboratories worldwide, where both new and existing smart home products can be tested for Matter criteria such as connectivity, performance and interoperability. Through our laboratories in China (Shenzen), Japan (Yokohama), Korea (Seoul) and Sweden (Lund), we can offer our services globally.

We test not only Matter but also the underlying network technology. The standard operates over Ethernet, Wi-Fi Ⓡ and Thread, and uses Bluetooth Ⓡ low-energy to connect devices. With TÜV Rheinland as your reliable partner, you can get all the necessary services for your smart home product from a single source.

Of course, our experts are ready to inform you about the necessary steps.

Find your certification path

The Matter certification path can vary depending on the development phase of your smart home product. | TÜV Rheinland

After successful testing, you can apply for the certification. Depending from the phase of your product development, you have different certification paths. Our experts are happy to inform you about the details.

Frequently asked Questions about Matter

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What are new in Matter 1.1 ?

It creates an improved path forward for developers and new user experiences, preparing for the next leg of Matter’s journey. The updates in 1.1 make it easier for device makers and developers to get started with Matter, and to more easily certify products they’ve developed and get them to users faster.

What is interoperability and why should I certify my products?

It describes the ability of devices and systems to work together in one eco system. This is a huge advantage in the field of smart home technology. The devices of different manufacturers and brands can be combined with each other through interoperability. It simplifies the user experience, because the products communicate and function with one another without the need for additional software or compatibility issues.

Through an independent third-party testing and certification manufacturers and retailers prove that their products meet the Matter standard requirements and are able to operate seamless with other devices and systems.

Why was Matter 1.0 developed?

In the Internet of Things (IoT) industry all players were challenged by complexity, closed ecosystems, and accessibility, security, and trust. This is where the smart home communication standard Matter starts. It´s goal is to reduce the complexity and promote universal open standards, enabling all objects to securely connect and interact.

The development process included requirements and specification development, reference design, multiple test events, and final specification validation to reach this industry milestone.

The Matter standard is an evolution of the Zigbee standard, and it is designed to improve on the limitations of the previous standard by providing better software and hardware compatibility. The standard simplifies the usage for users and helps in the adoption of smart home technology.

What impact will Matter have on the market?

This standard gives customers security and confidence when purchasing smart home products, and will thus have a significant impact on the smart home industry. The standard will also benefit developers by providing a unifying, IP-based connectivity protocol that is built on proven technologies. This will help them connect to and build reliable, secure IoT ecosystems and focus on developing innovative products and accelerating paths to market. Retailers will also see benefits, as the standard will drive category growth by simplifying the purchasing process, expanding the smart home category to more retailers, and lowering operational costs.

What are the next steps for Matter?

It is likely that the Matter standard will be extended to provide interoperability for devices outside of the home, such as smart energy devices, as the domain of smart home technology continues to expand. The standard is expected to be the next big thing, as many big companies are supporting it and it brings significant benefits for users.

How does the standard work? What criteria/protocols does the IoT device maker have to follow in order to be compliant with the standard?

The Matter standard works by providing a set of open source specifications and protocols that IoT device manufacturers can follow in order to ensure their products are compliant with the standard. The specifications and protocols are available for download from the Connected Standards Alliance (CSA) website, and include both hardware and software requirements.

To be compliant with the standard, device manufacturers must reference and update their products to meet the specifications outlined in the Matter specification. This includes using underlying communication technologies like Bluetooth LE, Wi-Fi, Ethernet, and Thread.

The Matter standard also includes a certification program that allows manufacturers to have their products tested and certified by authorized test labs located in 16 different locations across nine countries. This makes it easy for manufacturers to bring Matter-compliant products to market.

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