Panasonic has launched its new lineup of air conditioners (ACs) for 2024, which includes a range of Miter-enabled room ACs. Matter is a new universal standard of connectivity for smart home devices that allows interoperability through brand-agnostic mobile apps. With this launch, Panasonic becomes the first brand in India to launch an AC following this protocol. The Japanese brand has launched 60 models, including Mitron-enabled ACs in 1.0-tonne, 1.5-tonne and 2.0-tonne variants.
Announcing its line-up of ACs, Fumiyasu Fujimori, Managing Director, PMIN, Panasonic Life Solutions India, said, “The new line-up of ACs featuring India’s first MATTER-enabled RAC will not only provide interoperability but also ease of use. it’s easy. , reliable and safe. By connecting seamlessly with other Matter-certified devices and platforms, they will facilitate better and more efficient use of energy, optimizing comfort while reducing environmental impact.
The Miter-enabled AC can be connected through the company’s Mirai app, which adopts the same connectivity standard. Users can also use any other Matter-enabled app to control the device. These new models are available through leading offline outlets, e-commerce platforms and the company’s website.
What is Matter, the universal standard of connectivity for smart home devices
In recent years, a big focus in the consumer technology sector has been on interoperability and integrated solutions. Last year, Xiaomi launched its HyperOS, which replaced the MIUI system to bring a single interface to connect and integrate all its IoT devices. On the hardware side, Apple finally ditched the Lightning port in the iPhone 15 series in favor of a USB Type-C port to comply with new EU rules bringing a unified port to all consumer electronic devices.
Matter is a uniform protocol for software integration and connectivity of smart home and IoT devices. The universal standard was brought forward by the Connectivity Standards Alliance (formerly known as the Zigbee Alliance), a group of over 500 companies. This protocol first came into limelight in 2019 when Apple, Google, and Amazon joined hands with the Zigbee Alliance to create a single unified connectivity system for smart homes.
This solves a main problem for smart home owners, which is managing multiple apps to control different smart devices in the home. The situation has become similar to that of the late 90s and early 2000s when users were forced to have multiple remote controls to use their devices until universal remotes arrived. MATTER aims to reflect a uniform solution through networking protocols to connect compatible devices and systems regardless of their brand, model or manufacturing origin.
The universal connectivity standard focuses on a four-dimensional solution. The first is interoperability, which will allow users to buy any smart home device, from smart TVs to smart lights, without having to worry about downloading its companion app to control it. The second is simplicity, as it removes complex setup processes and provides a simple UI to connect all the devices in your home via WiFi. The third issue that it deals with is security, as Matter uses an encryption system to ensure that the data shared between different devices is safe from any outsiders trying to hack the user. Finally, it also addresses the problem of reliability as the protocol is designed to evolve and adapt to new smart devices that may be invented in the future.
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