Philips Hue will be compatible with Matter in Q4, 2021
Signify (Parent company of Philips Hue) has announced that Philips Hue Smart lighting and accessories will now be compatible with Matter. As you know, Matter has now been branded as the replacement to Project CHIP, previously known as Project Connected Home Over IP.
The Connectivity Standards Alliance (CSA), formerly known as the Zigbee Alliance, announced the change in brand name for the Connected Home over the IP project and the Zigbee Alliance on May 11, 2021. Many powerful Smart Home platforms are starting to announce that they will use Matter to connect their devices. As you know, Philips Hue is one of the largest brands out there for smart home lights. They have provided innovative ways to connect your lights. With Matter, they are now finding a way to integrate Matter into the seamless connectivity between devices.
Signify (Philips Hue) has been one of the leading benefactors on the Board of the Connectivity Standards Alliance and has been part of the Matter and ZigBee steering committee. It looks like Signify, the parent company for Philips Hue, has also been an active member in the specification certification of Matter.
Philips Hue, Leading Contributor of Matter Development
For the past couple of years since the inception of Matter (Project CHIP) Signify, it has been an active participant in the design of Matter. Signify has carried out numerous demos and has tested Matter capability in the Philips Hue ecosystem. Signify has also tested Matter connectivity with other Smart Home partners to ensure the Philips Hue system will have a seamless connected experience. That’s welcome news for those who rely on Philips Hue’s intuitive design and performance.
As part of the announcement George Gianni, Head of Technology Phillips at Signify, states:
“Within Philips Hue, we are always looking to provide our users with the latest innovative and enhanced connected experiences with other smart home systems. By actively participating in demos and testing the interoperability of Philips Hue with other smart home devices via Matter, we were able to raise the smart home experience with Philips Hue to the next level. I believe this single, unified connectivity standard will transform smart home technology from an emerging technology to mass household adoption.”
I think it’s pretty interesting now that several principal members of the CSA and Matter have been announcing their new seamless connectivity for Matter for late 2021 (Q4, 2021).
It shows that the CSA members already knew that CSA would change the ZigBee Alliance’s branding and the Project CHIP name around this time. It shows that they had big plans for how they would roll out and provide users a seamless connectivity standard for their next generation of smart home devices.
Philips Hue will use Matter in Q4, 2021
I’m pretty excited to see what’s going to happen. We know that Philips Hue is one of the world leaders in Smart Lighting. Their products are built really well and work intuitively. I have many of them in my office, and I have the Philips Hue Bridge, lights, and Smart Button. I love having Philips Hue in my home. It has made life so much easier. Signify is announcing that it’s going to be even easier to own a Philips Hue product with the launch of Matter in the 4th quarter of 2021. Updates will occur on the Philips Hue Bridge after the Matter is released to ensure compatibility with the Smart Home Connectivity new standard.
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