Integrating Konnected with Your Smart Home Ecosystem
You can link to Google Home through SmartThings.
Matter - Konnected joined the Connectivity Standards Alliance (CSA) as an Adopter member earlier this year. This pay-to-play membership gives us access to the Matter standards and technical documentation to build toward the standard.
We currently have firmware under development for the Konnected Alarm Panel Pro that’s starting to take shape and works with all the big Matter hubs (HomeKit, Alexa, Google, Home Assistant), so we’re getting closer. For us to get this to the market, there’s a mandatory CSA certification process, which takes some time (and money), so we can’t give you a timeline just yet.
But here’s the rub: We can only support Matter integrations for which the CSA has published specifications. The current version of the Matter spec is version 1.1, and they’re working on a twice-yearly release schedule (presumably, 1.2 will be released in the fall). We can’t tell you what device types are supported in the 1.1 or 1.2 spec (because we’re bound to confidentiality). But we can tell you what’s NOT currently in the spec:
There’s no Matter specification for an Alarm System. 🙄
So what does that mean? That means that the initial version of Konnected’s Matter support (still under development) won’t be a complete alarm system. It can bridge door/window contact sensors, motion sensors, switches, etc., to any Matter-compatible hub/platform but won’t show up as an alarm system in those platforms.
For HomeKit, that means it won’t work natively as an alarm system accessory, as I’m sure you were hoping. AFAIK, HomeKit does not have the ability (like SmartThings and Home Assistant) to build your own alarm system in the platform with individual sensors. You’d be able to use those sensors in HomeKit individually.
At present, we feel that the best way to get a Konnected alarm system accessory in HomeKit is by using Home Assistant as the intermediary, with the HomeKit integration installed.
We think Matter will be great eventually. The first release might be a bit underwhelming. Nevertheless, we’re committed to open standards and interoperability, and we think Matter is solidly on Konnected’s roadmap.