Control & Automation
Meet Connectivity Standards Alliance, formerly Zigbee Alliance, PLUS Matter
“With software-based smart energy management solutions, our customers can accelerate their journey towards sustainable net zero homes and buildings of the future.”
By Anthony Capkun
June 1, 2021 – The Zigbee Alliance—an organization of companies “creating, maintaining and delivering” open global IoT standards—announced its organizational rebrand to Connectivity Standards Alliance (CSA).
The alliance will continue to develop Zigbee technology and will retain the Zigbee brand. In fact, the alliance reports half a billion Zigbee chipsets have been sold, and nearly four billion are expected to ship by 2023.
The organization introduced a second brand, Matter, formerly known in industry as Project Connected Home over IP (CHIP). The newly developed Matter mark “will serve as a seal of approval”, says CSA, “assuring that any object built on this standard is reliable by nature, secure by design, and compatible at scale”.
Matter joins the alliance’s portfolio of connectivity standards, including protocols such as Smart Energy, Green Power, rf4ce.
“With software-based smart energy management solutions, our customers can accelerate their journey towards sustainable net zero homes and buildings of the future,” said Bruno Zerbib of Schneider Electric, a member of CSA.
Built using IP, Matter is an open-source, unified connectivity protocol that will be applicable to smart home and building solutions such as lighting, locks, speakers, HVAC controls, security systems, and routers, explains Schneider Electric.
Products with the Matter mark will deliver improved cybersecurity, native cloud connectivity and device interoperability to consumers, manufacturers, product designers and developers alike, Schneider Electric adds.
“[…] We are delighted to partner with other industry leaders to develop IP-based standards, like Matter, that will increase IoT device interoperability in connected smart building ecosystems,” Zerbib added.
“This year is historic for the alliance as our growth and efforts flourish with the demand for smart home and building connectivity,” said Tobin Richardson, president & CEO, Connectivity Standards Alliance. “It’s the perfect time to both unveil our new brand, positioning the alliance as the home for collaboration and development of IoT standards with our members, and launch these trusted marks recognizable by the market we collectively serve.”