Matter: Philips Hue announces update

Unless you have been confined to a cave for the past few months, you must have heard of the Matter protocol. Named CHIP (Connected Home over IP) initially, the project universal home automation standard has recently made significant progress with the creation of the Connectivity Standards Alliance (CSA) and the announcement of the first products using it at the end of the year. Member of the board of directors of the consortium, the Dutch company Signify has just announced the upcoming update of its Philips Hue Bridge v2 in order to support this new standard. What will this change?

The Philips Hue bridge will integrate Matter

After discontinuing support for its version 1 (round model), many users were concerned about a possible future obsolescence of version 2 (square model). If this were your case, rest assured, the Philips Hue Bridge v2 still has a bright future ahead of him.

Indeed, although the first labeled equipment will not arrive until the end of the year, Signify has decided to take the initiative and very recently announced in a press release which the Hue Bridge Matter update will be "Available worldwide shortly after the launch of Matter" during the "Last quarter 2021".

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Philips Hue opens its system

Once the update is installed, users of the Philips Hue connected lighting ecosystem "Will benefit from a simplified connected experience when integrating with other smart home devices". A transparent update since "All settings and customizations made in the Hue app will be kept" and which will very easily integrate devices from other brands at the Hue Bridge.

Connected objects which, of course, must be compatible with the protocols ZigBee 3.0 and Matter. We can thus hope to be able, for example, to use an Aqara motion sensor to turn on our Philips Hue bulbs from a speaker. Amazon Echo 4, or be able to use a light bulb Philips Hue White Filament on the last Aqara Hub M2 that we presented to you yesterday.

George Yianni, Head of Philips Hue Technology at Signify, think « that this single, unified connectivity standard will transform smart home technology from emerging technology to mass household adoption. "

We also hope so and are delighted with this promise of interoperability which will finally allow users to see more clearly. Indeed, who has not one day become disillusioned when he realizes that his gateway adorned with the famous ZigBee logo does not ultimately support all devices bearing the same logo? With Matter, the biggest players in the connected home are therefore promising to no longer hold consumers hostage ...

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