Aqara announced today its plans to introduce a new line of devices based on Wire, an IP-based, low-power, wireless networking protocol for smart homes and businesses. The company is expected to release new versions of its Door & Window Sensor and Motion sensor, with built-in Thread technology, in the second half of 2022. Aqara's new Thread products are designed to provide consumers with an enhanced connected home experience with increased compatibility, reliability, power efficiency and security.
Aqara has always offered a range of innovative, home automation products that work with key third-party ecosystems, including Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa and Google Home. As the industry continues to move toward a unified IoT standard, Aqara will continue to support smart home interoperability. In September 2021, Aqara announced its commitment to Matter, a new industry standard for smart home devices being developed and led by some of the largest technology companies.
As part of its commitment, Aqara will bring the support of matter to its existing Zigbee-based products by pushing the over-the-air (OTA) update to the Aqara hubs, the M2 and the M1S*. The software update will expose Aqara end devices to Matter, allowing them to connect to other third-party Matter-compatible devices. This approach ensures a seamless interaction between the two protocols, and Aqara users will be able to keep their existing Zigbee devices while accessing the benefits of Matter.
Aqara's new Thread-based product lineup offers users another option to join the Matter ecosystem. As one of the pillar connectivity technologies for Matter, Thread enables IoT devices to connect native to Matter. Aqara Thread products also integrate Bluetooth Low Energy for a better connection and user experience.
In addition, the Aqara Thread devices will still have some of the same and most popular features we've seen from the Zigbee product line, such as long battery life and low-latency connectivity, while also taking reliability to a new level with Thread's mesh networking and "self-healing" capabilities.
As a partner of NXP SemiconductorsAqara will demonstrate some of its latest Thread-based sensors at the NXP demo booth during CES 2022.
* Certain Aqara products may not be compatible with Matter due to lack of Matter support for specific device type(s).
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