Midea Group takes leading role in developing support for 5 home appliance categories

Posted: 13.11.2023

The latest version of Matter was released on October 23rd and with it the industry-unifying connectivity standard took a major step towards fulfilling its promise as a seal of approval that all smart devices can work seamlessly together. Midea Group played an integral part in the key updates in the new version and led or contributed to the development of 5 of the 9 new device types added including:


1. Refrigerators - Added temperature control and monitoring for refrigerators as well as deep freezers and wine fridges.

2. Room Air Conditioners - Expanding on the existing support for HVAC and thermostats available in V1.0, added support for temperature and fan mode control for room air conditioners.

3. Dishwashers - Added ability to start remotely and alarms for operational errors such as water, temperature, and door lock errors.

4. Laundry Washers - Added support for notifications such as cycle completion with support for dryers to be added at a later date.

5. Fans - Fans are now a separate, certifiable device type with support added to change the direction, speed, movement, and mode of the airflow.’


“Midea Group’s role in the latest Matter 1.2 release is a testament to their unwavering dedication to the evolution of the smart home. They have not only contributed to the updates for many of the new device types now included in Matter 1.2 but continue to help lay the foundation for a future where consumers can benefit,” said Chris LaPre, Head of Technology, Connectivity Standards Alliance (the Alliance).


Matter V1.2 is just the latest step in a rollout that is outpacing the adoption cycles of previous industry standards. Rather than taking years for users to replace hardware, software updates enable existing smart home hubs and devices to create a global market with hundreds of millions of homes ready to connect new Matter devices. Midea Group is at the forefront of Matter’s rollout as it continues to work on adding support for even more home appliance categories in 2024.


“We are focused on creating surprisingly-friendly smart products that are not just smart for the sake of being smart but offer real solutions for real people”, said Patrick Serrato, Head of IoT at Midea America Corp. and Alliance Board Member, “Our work with Matter is at the heart of that goal and we won’t stop until we can offer consumers a complete home of Matter-certified products.”


Whether through helping to build new industry standards with Matter, adding cross-brand smart scenarios with IFTTT, or launching the new neutral SmartHome app, Midea Group is committed to creating a more open, more connected, and ultimately, smarter home.



About Matter

Matter is the foundation for connected things. This industry-unifying standard has a promise of reliable, secure connectivity – a seal of approval that devices will work seamlessly together, today, and tomorrow. Matter is creating more connections between more objects, simplifying development for manufacturers, and increasing compatibility for consumers. This collaborative breakthrough is built on proven technologies and guided by the Connectivity Standards Alliance, whose members come together from across industries to transform the future of connectivity.



About the Connectivity Standards Alliance

The Connectivity Standards Alliance is the foundation and future of the Internet of Things (IoT). Established in 2002, its wide-ranging global membership collaborates to create and evolve universal open standards for the products transforming the way we live, work and play. With its Members’ deep and diverse expertise, robust certification programs, and a full suite of open IoT solutions the Alliance is leading the movement toward a more intuitive, imaginative, and useful world.


The Connectivity Standards Alliance Board of Directors is comprised of executives from Amazon, Apple, ASSA ABLOY, Comcast, Google, Haier, Huawei, IKEA, Infineon Technologies AG, The Kroger CO., Latch Systems, LEEDARSON, Legrand, LG Electronics, Lutron Electronics, Midea Group, Nordic Semiconductor, NXP Semiconductors, OPPO, Resideo Technologies, Samsung, Schneider Electric, Signify (Philips Hue and WiZ), Silicon Labs, Somfy, STMicroelectronics, Texas Instruments, Tuya, and Wulian.



About Midea Group

Midea Group, established in 1968, is a leading global high-technology company ranked #278 on the 2023 Fortune Global 500 list, and one of the world’s largest home appliance manufacturing companies which businesses go beyond smart home appliances. In early 2021, the company streamlined its core units into five high-growth business pillars to pave the new future growth path: Smart Home, Electro-Mechanical, Building Technologies, Robotics & Automation, and Digital Innovation.


All businesses of Midea Group are striving for one credo: #HumanizingTechnology


Midea Group’s globally 40 production centers and approximately 166,000 employees in more than 200 countries and regions generated an annual revenue of more than USD51.39 billion in 2022. Its 31 worldwide innovation centers and the strong commitment to R&D have resulted in more than 80,000 patents granted to-date.