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While watching the live stream of last week’s formal announcement of the Matter Smart Home initiative, I couldn’t resist recalling Samuel Beckett’s classic existentialist drama, “Waiting for Godot,” where the two characters wait for Godot in a series of discussions and conversations. Participate in encounters, for a proxy god, who never comes.

After all, the Matter initiative was made public by the Connectivity Standards Alliance (formerly Project Connected Home over IP) almost three years ago in December 2019.

Matter is a royalty-free home automation connectivity standard that requires manufacturers to fund certification costs. Despite numerous delays over the past three years, Matter has attracted support from a number of smart home heavyweights, including Amazon, Google, Comcast, Apple, and the Zigbee Alliance.

Matter’s mission is undeniably important to the future development of smart homes as it seeks to reduce the well-known fragmentation across multiple vendors and achieve interoperability between smart home devices and Internet of Things (IoT) platforms from different manufacturers. wants.

In theory, Matter certification would allow consumers and businesses to not worry about smart home devices from Amazon, Apple, or Google (just to list the big hitters) working with each other. At least that’s the promise.

thing draws a veil

Last week in Amsterdam, CSA and Groupe Developing Matter announced that it had formally released version 1.0 and that scores of smart home products — several hundred, in fact — were certified. The implication is that the market should soon see products with the “Matter” logo on shelves, though perhaps after the holidays.

The launch event showcased an impressively wide spectrum of smart home solutions ranging from motion blinds, occupancy sensors, door locks, smart plugs, lighting and gateways. CSA claims that 190 products have either received formal certification or are awaiting testing and certification.

what does all this mean

Refreshingly, Godot may finally appear on the smart home stage. The delay in genuine Matter-certified solutions coming to market hasn’t slowed the pace thanks to industry support and initiatives. If anything, many leaders in the smart home space continue to double down on their support for Matter.

For example, Amazon used the launch event to announce that it would have 17 different Echo devices, plugs, switches and bulbs (albeit with Android support) working with Matter in December. In fact, some smart home devices have already been released or are being updated with Matter recognition.

One of Matter’s promises, beyond the interoperability benefits, is that it should enable entirely new use cases and experiences that weren’t previously thought of. Several major “component” companies, including Infineon Technologies and Silicon Labs, are in the process of integrating Matter support into their chips. This fact should allow device makers to bring new iterations of Matter-compatible devices to market faster.

Matter-Certified Smart Home Appliances

Sample Matter-Certified Smart Home Appliances | Image credit: Connectivity Standards Coalition


In addition, companies such as Schneider Electric that provide smart home energy management systems to consumers and businesses believe that Matter devices will ultimately facilitate lower energy bills through better energy monitoring, control, and optimization. will do.

Finally, Matter Certification has wisely considered the security and privacy requirements in its spec. While ease of use and interoperability underscore the mission of Matter Spec, the security features should allow a more robust security perimeter for bad actors to hack into consumer and business networks via IoT solutions.

Analyst Tech

It’s hard to deny the pace of the industry behind the Matter initiative. Plenty of money, resources and intellectual capital are the undeniable tailwinds that increase Matter’s chances of success. Nevertheless, the technical standards have a notorious history, and the delay of the noted case has raised some solid doubts.

However, despite the in-fighting in the industry that sometimes plagues these standards bodies, Matter has been remarkably drama-free. This initiative has only grown into overall industry support, and that’s a good thing.

But bringing Matter-certified devices to market is only the first challenge the CSA and its consortium members will face. Initial reviews of Miter’s functionality and usability across key devices will take center stage in the coming months, and pundits will be watching.

Does the interoperability work as advertised? Will the baseline functionality of Matter-certified devices be sufficient that the user does not need to use the manufacturer’s native app to enable specific differentiated functions?

Overall, smart home manufacturers differentiate their products. For example, not all smart door locks are the same. From a manufacturer’s perspective, mater can have a commoditization effect, reducing a manufacturer’s ability to market the distinctive features of its offerings.

Finally, there is also the recent appearance of the Home Connectivity Alliance (HCA), yet another standard unit focused on the interoperability of smart appliances such as refrigerators, dishwashers, washers and dryers.

HCA appears to have a complimentary purpose than Matter, but with members like LG, Samsung, Haier and Residio, don’t rule out the potential for consumer confusion.

Regardless, hope is eternal that after New Year’s Day, the market will finally see the goods and whether the wait was worth it. I certainly hope that, as the smart home space needs it, mainstream users without strong technology skills can take advantage of its potential.

In the meantime, I’ll have some hot chocolate waiting for Godot to arrive.

Significant scientific research recognizes that climate has affected humans and animals over the past decades. Reasonable people can, and should, argue about the severity effect level. But it is also logical to ask what the world can do to reduce the impact of climate change in a practical, cost-friendly and measurable way.

Schneider Electric is arguably the undisputed leader in the digital transformation of energy management. Equally important, few companies have a technology legacy, global credibility and authoritative reputation in energy and sustainability.

The 186-year-old company has stood firm in its view that access to energy and digital technology is a fundamental human right. To implement that vision, Schneider Electric offers a wide range of energy and automation digital products that help individuals, homeowners and businesses become more efficient and sustainable.

From a practical standpoint, Schneider Electric solutions – often integrated from a hardware, software and services standpoint – often appear in homes, buildings, data centers, infrastructure (such as airports) and industrial entities.

event on time

Last week, the company used its annual customer and partner event in Las Vegas, called the Innovation Summit, to announce several new offerings to its energy management business.

Interestingly, its timing could not be more surprising given the complexity of the current instability of the energy environment, which has sent raw material and energy prices to four-decade highs.

Schneider Electric's Energy-as-a-Service solution showcased at Innovation Summit 2022

Schneider Electric’s energy-as-a-service solution on display at Innovation Summit 2022 (Image credit: SmartTech Research)


Ultimately, the goal should be to remove significant sources of energy waste and emissions. The focus on smart grid deployment and simplifying building energy management, a historic Schneider Electric strength, are all decisive steps that could help take the environmental football to the field.

new eco-friendly solutions

With this as a backdrop, Schneider Electric used Innovation World to announce four new solutions that will help companies strategize, digitize and decarbonize their daily operations, accelerate sustainability goals, and address the current energy disaster. To provide necessary help and support. These capabilities seek to eliminate many of the world’s most potent greenhouse gases from energy-based infrastructure.

SM Airset

On the emissions front, the company announced the SM AirSat, a green, digital solution powered by air purifiers.

SM AirSat targets utilities and industries to reduce their environmental footprint and optimize their operation and maintenance.

EcoStruxure for Renewable Energy

Renewing its focus on the energy grid, the company is updating the legacy strategy of its Grid of the Future, Schneider Electric, to enhance the promise of clean, renewable energy.

The company’s new solution, Ecostructure for Renewables, is attractive as it pools new technologies and 21st century digital twin integrations to help renewable agriculture operators bring renewables to market faster.

It is innovative and reflects the much needed urgency in the market. This new capability utilizes digital continuity by combining hybrid power sources into the operations of farm operators.

Schneider Electric was one of the first companies committed to the belief that the world should reach a net-zero carbon emissions currency as soon as possible.

Ecostructure Energy Hub

The company’s new EcoStructure Energy Hub allows businesses to embrace their net-zero goals by facilitating energy awareness, compliance, optimization and performance.

Essentially, this solution is an easy-to-use and highly secure IoT SaaS (Software as a Service) offering that creates visibility into the energy and emissions profiles of installations and streamlines the management of building energy systems.

The solution was initially launched in the United States, but will be released in select countries during the remainder of 2022, with global availability in 2023.

ecocare

Finally, the Schneider Electric EcoCare program can be compared to a premium credit card-like concierge service for energy organizations. The offering aims to help customers leverage their energy and internal resources by using Schneider Electric’s expertise in electrical and industrial equipment, sustainability, mission-critical power, and digital and analytics competencies.

Furthermore, EcoCare is designed as an integrated, IoT-enabled bundle of professional 24/7 support, with a focus on deep insight into asset status and understanding efficiency and potential sustainability enhancements.

Analyst Tech

Before we finish, take a quick look at several demos at Schneider Electric’s Innovation Summit:

There is no doubt that the global economy is facing unprecedented changes in the energy sector. While climate change and decarbonization targets are the main drivers of this change, energy security and independence concerns also play a powerful role.

With these announcements, Schneider deserves credit for playing the key role behind the goal of making electric energy more electric and perhaps more importantly digital. Often described as the Electricity 4.0 stage in the energy sector, the digitization component of Schneider Electric’s strategy is a challenge for the industry as a whole.

However, the Innovation Summit was not just about innovative and much-needed solutions. Perhaps what struck me most during the event were the eloquence, humility, and common-sense commentary from Jean-Pascal Tricoire, CEO and President of Schneider Electric, and Amir Paul (pictured above), the company’s North America was the chairman of.

The two officials spoke passionately about the urgency needed to confront the world’s current “triple” crises – energy, economic and climate – facing global governments.

Schneider Electric CEO Jean-Pascal speaking at the Trichore Innovation Summit 2022

Jean-Pascal Trichoir, CEO of Schneider Electric, speaking at the Innovation Summit 2022 (Image credit: SmartTech Research)


Refreshingly, the company also believes that the investment costs needed to pivot the world to more sustainable and energy-efficient sources must be affordable. This need is extremely important and cannot be dismissed. After all, the energy sector includes many legacy companies with aggressive bottom lines where transformation costs play a significant role in how quickly they move.

Ultimately, governments need to hit the accelerator by removing, or at least dramatically reducing, the bureaucracy involved from regulatory perspectives so that these new technologies and solutions can be implemented friction-free, a The general theme that pervades many keynote presentations.

This was a common theme that pervaded the main presentations during the event. My recent experience installing EV chargers in my multi-residential condo building, while a single case, tells me that local governments have a long way to go.

closing thoughts

Schneider Electric propelled itself with enthusiasm, vision and passion during its Innovation Summit. The company has set a high benchmark for what the world needs to do to transform itself into a more sustainable and energy-efficient entity. The remaining question is whether the world’s economies are up to the challenge.

Significant scientific research recognizes that climate has affected humans and animals over the past decades. Reasonable people can, and should, argue about the severity effect level. But it is also logical to ask what the world can do to reduce the impact of climate change in a practical, cost-friendly and measurable way.

Schneider Electric is arguably the undisputed leader in the digital transformation of energy management. Equally important, few companies have a technology legacy, global credibility and authoritative reputation in energy and sustainability.

The 186-year-old company has stood firm in its view that access to energy and digital technology is a fundamental human right. To implement that vision, Schneider Electric offers a wide range of energy and automation digital products that help individuals, homeowners and businesses become more efficient and sustainable.

From a practical standpoint, Schneider Electric solutions – often integrated from a hardware, software and services standpoint – often appear in homes, buildings, data centers, infrastructure (such as airports) and industrial entities.

event on time

Last week, the company used its annual customer and partner event in Las Vegas, called the Innovation Summit, to announce several new offerings to its energy management business.

Interestingly, its timing could not be more surprising given the complexity of the current instability of the energy environment, which has sent raw material and energy prices to four-decade highs.

Schneider Electric's Energy-as-a-Service solution showcased at Innovation Summit 2022

Schneider Electric’s energy-as-a-service solution on display at Innovation Summit 2022 (Image credit: SmartTech Research)


Ultimately, the goal should be to remove significant sources of energy waste and emissions. The focus on smart grid deployment and simplifying building energy management, a historic Schneider Electric strength, are all decisive steps that could help take the environmental football to the field.

new eco-friendly solutions

With this as a backdrop, Schneider Electric used Innovation World to announce four new solutions that will help companies strategize, digitize and decarbonize their daily operations, accelerate sustainability goals, and address the current energy disaster. To provide necessary help and support. These capabilities seek to eliminate many of the world’s most potent greenhouse gases from energy-based infrastructure.

SM Airset

On the emissions front, the company announced the SM AirSat, a green, digital solution powered by air purifiers.

SM AirSat targets utilities and industries to reduce their environmental footprint and optimize their operation and maintenance.

EcoStruxure for Renewable Energy

Renewing its focus on the energy grid, the company is updating the legacy strategy of its Grid of the Future, Schneider Electric, to enhance the promise of clean, renewable energy.

The company’s new solution, Ecostructure for Renewables, is attractive as it pools new technologies and 21st century digital twin integrations to help renewable agriculture operators bring renewables to market faster.

It is innovative and reflects the much needed urgency in the market. This new capability utilizes digital continuity by combining hybrid power sources into the operations of farm operators.

Schneider Electric was one of the first companies committed to the belief that the world should reach a net-zero carbon emissions currency as soon as possible.

Ecostructure Energy Hub

The company’s new EcoStructure Energy Hub allows businesses to embrace their net-zero goals by facilitating energy awareness, compliance, optimization and performance.

Essentially, this solution is an easy-to-use and highly secure IoT SaaS (Software as a Service) offering that creates visibility into the energy and emissions profiles of installations and streamlines the management of building energy systems.

The solution was initially launched in the United States, but will be released in select countries during the remainder of 2022, with global availability in 2023.

ecocare

Finally, the Schneider Electric EcoCare program can be compared to a premium credit card-like concierge service for energy organizations. The offering aims to help customers leverage their energy and internal resources by accessing Schneider Electric’s expertise in electrical and industrial equipment, sustainability, mission-critical power, and digital and analytics competencies.

Furthermore, EcoCare is designed as an integrated, IoT-enabled bundle of professional 24/7 support, with a focus on deep insight into asset status and understanding efficiency and potential sustainability enhancements.

Analyst Tech

Before we finish, take a quick look at several demos at Schneider Electric’s Innovation Summit:

There is no doubt that the global economy is facing unprecedented changes in the energy sector. While climate change and decarbonization targets are the main drivers of this change, energy security and independence concerns also play a powerful role.

With these announcements, Schneider deserves credit for playing the key role behind the goal of making electric energy more electric and perhaps more importantly digital. Often described as the power 4.0 phase in the energy sector, the digitization component of Schneider Electric’s strategy is a challenge for the industry as a whole.

However, the Innovation Summit was not just about innovative and much-needed solutions. Perhaps what struck me most during the event were the eloquence, humility, and common-sense commentary from Jean-Pascal Tricoire, CEO and President of Schneider Electric, and Amir Paul (pictured above), the company’s North America was the chairman of.

The two officials spoke passionately about the urgency needed to confront the world’s current “triple” crises – energy, economic and climate – facing global governments.

Schneider Electric CEO Jean-Pascal speaking at the Trichore Innovation Summit 2022

Jean-Pascal Trichoir, CEO of Schneider Electric, speaking at the Innovation Summit 2022 (Image credit: SmartTech Research)


Refreshingly, the company also believes that the investment costs needed to pivot the world to more sustainable and energy-efficient sources must be affordable. This need is extremely important and cannot be dismissed. After all, the energy sector includes many legacy companies with aggressive bottom lines where transformation costs play a significant role in how quickly they move.

Ultimately, governments need to hit the accelerator by removing, or at least dramatically reducing, the bureaucracy involved from regulatory perspectives so that these new technologies and solutions can be implemented friction-free, a The general theme that pervades many keynote presentations.

This was a common theme that pervaded the main presentations during the event. My recent experience installing EV chargers in my multi-residential condo building, while a single case, tells me that local governments have a long way to go.

closing thoughts

Schneider Electric propelled itself with enthusiasm, vision and passion during its Innovation Summit. The company has set a high benchmark for what the world needs to do to transform itself into a more sustainable and energy-efficient entity. The remaining question is whether the world’s economies are up to the challenge.