The company still needs time to develop an SDK and certification programs for devices.
Although the standard called Matter already has a “full-featured specification”, a group of manufacturers still need to finish developing the SDK and certification programs for devices, said Tobin Richardson, director of the Connectivity Standards Alliance (formerly the Zigbee Alliance).
We are talking about a single standard for access control systems, security, lighting and electricity, heating, and so on, the organization said.
Initially, the companies planned to complete the development in 2021, but they had to postpone the release of certified devices, as well as the opening of the certification program for the first half of 2022.
As the journalist Stacy Higginbotham notes, there may be several reasons — both the joining of new companies to the group of manufacturers, and the complexity of such a large-scale project. In total, in addition to Apple, Google and Amazon, it is supported by about 200 companies around the world.
Apple, Google, Amazon and the Zigbee Alliance agreed to develop a single standard in December 2019, and in September 2020 announced its release in 2021.