After announcing the arrival of Matter on Amazon Echo in July, then more recently on its eero Wi-Fi routers, the Seattle giant is driving the point home and promises us today updates for the support for the Thread protocol, further broadening its commitment to Matter, the new home automation standard that is making headlines ...
Amazon Echo and eero will be able to use the Thread protocol
With over 140 compatible devices Alexa, Amazon is at the heart of many connected homes, its users having already connected more than 200 million connected objects via WiFi, ZigBee and BLE protocols.
In order to make them even easier to use, the world leader in e-commerce is now going further by adding, in addition to support for Matter starting next year, the Thread protocol on its speakers Amazon Echo and its eero routers.
Already member of the working group for 5 years, Amazon announces that it has joined Apple, Google and Samsung on the board of directors of Thread Group, proof of its growing involvement. “As a member of the Board of Directors, we are excited to provide thought leadership and advocacy for Thread as a Standard, contribute to ongoing open source development and increase the number of Thread Border Routers. »Can we read in the press releaseAmazon.
Concretely, this will result in the possibility of using Thread on Eero 6 ou iero Pro 6, but also on Pregnant Amazon Echo 4 and those to come. The company founded by Jeff Bezos specifies that the protocol will be available there in time for the Matter SDK released next year and that support for additional Echo devices is expected to follow later.
Thread, what is it?
Unlike Matter, which sees itself as a unifying standard, Thread is a network protocol. Particularly interesting in home automation, it uses 6LoWPAN and IEEE 802.15.4 wireless protocol to create low power, low bandwidth, low latency mesh networks.
In this type of network, all devices can act as router, which allows them to transmit information directly to each other without the need for a central router.
This operation offers several advantages:
- Best range: Thread can reach every corner of a house, even a large one, each device being able to act as a router and being able to relay information. Thus, the more devices the Thread network contains, the greater the range of the wireless signal.
- Low energy consumption: Like ZigBee, this protocol is so simple that devices with simple flat batteries can connect to the Internet and other products while maintaining a battery life of several years.
- Local operation: Thread does not depend on your Wi-Fi network and works even if your router / box is turned off. If you no longer have access to the Internet, your connected objects can still be used.
Concretely, with the support of Matter, Thread and Wi-Fi in Echo devices, users ofAlexa will be able to connect all their Matter-compatible smart home devices directly to their smart speakers in order to control them with simple voice commands Alexa.
Amazon take the example of brand Eve, which makes sensors, sockets and other lighting that previously only worked with Apple's HomeKit. With Matter and Thread, the e-commerce giant promises that they will be able to connect to Alexa just as simply.