|[July 15, 2014]
Introducing Thread: A New Wireless Networking Protocol for the Home
SAN RAMON, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
Recognizing the need for a new and better way to connect products in the
home, seven companies today announced that they've joined forces to form
the Thread Group (www.threadgroup.org)
and develop Thread, a new IP-based wireless networking protocol. The
charter of the Thread Group is to guide the adoption of the Thread
protocol. Thread Group founding members consist of industry-leading
companies including Yale Security, Silicon Labs, Samsung (News - Alert) Electronics,
Nest Labs, Freescale® Semiconductor, Big Ass Fans and ARM.
While currently available 802.15.4 networking technologies have their
own advantages, each also has critical issues that prevent the promise
of the Internet of Things (IoT) from being realized. These include lack
of interoperability, inability to carry IPv6 communications, high power
requirements that drain batteries quickly, and "hub and spoke" models
dependent on one device (if that device fails, the whole network goes
down). With Thread, product developers and consumers can easily and
securely connect more than 250 devices into a low-power, wireless mesh
network that also includes direct Internet and cloud access for every
"Existing wireless networking approaches were introduced long before the
Internet of Things gained ground," said Vint Cerf, vice president and
chief Internet evangelist, Google (News - Alert), and advisor to the Thread Group. "The
Thread protocol takes existing technologies and combines the best parts
of each to provide a better way to connect products in the home."
"A number of networking solutions and platforms have been introduced to
address the growing demand for connected products in the home," said
Lisa Arrowsmith, associate director, connectivity, smart homes and smart
cities, IHS (News - Alert) Technology. "Built on well-proven standards, including IEEE
802.15.4, IETF IPv6 and 6LoWPAN, Thread represents a resilient, IP-based
solution for the rapidly growing Internet of Things."
Not Just Another Standard
Unlike many existing tchnologies or IoT approaches, Thread is not an
application protocol or a connectivity platform for many types of
disparate networks. Thread is an IPv6 networking protocol built on open
standards, designed for low-power 802.15.4 mesh networks. Existing
popular application protocols and IoT platforms can run over Thread
networks. A version of Thread is already being used successfully in Nest
A Better Network for Developers
Using proven standards and IPv6 technology with 6LoWPAN as its
foundation, Thread offers product developers numerous technological
advantages over existing wireless standards:
Reliable networks: Thread offers robust self-healing mesh
networks that scale to hundreds of devices with no single point of
failure. Devices are ready when people need them.
Secure networks: Thread networks feature secure, banking-class
encryption. Thread closes identified security holes found in other
wireless protocols and provides worry-free operation.
Simple connectivity: Thread devices are simple to install with
a smartphone, tablet or computer. Consumers can securely connect
Thread devices in the home to each other and to the cloud for easy
control and access from anywhere.
Low power: Thread supports battery-operated devices as part of
a home network. This allows the devices that people use every day -
including thermostats, lighting controls, safety and security products
- to be a part of the network without requiring constant charging or
frequent battery changes.
Millions of existing 802.15.4 wireless devices already on the market can
run Thread with just a software enhancement -- no new hardware required.
Thread is designed for quick implementation and deployment of devices
throughout the home.
Easy to Set Up, Easy to Use
Thread is designed with a new security architecture that allows
consumers to simply and securely add and remove products to the network
via a smartphone, tablet or computer. Thread's mesh network technology
provides improved reliability and coverage anywhere in the home and
Thread products will be tested to ensure that they work together
effortlessly and securely right out of the box. Thread products will
also bear the Thread logo, indicating they have been certified for
quality, security and interoperability -- and to help consumers identify
them on the market.
Thread Group Membership
The Thread Group is focused on educating product developers and
consumers on the benefits of Thread through marketing and rigorous,
meaningful product certification. The Thread Group will offer two tiers
of membership, Sponsor and Contributor. Interested parties can review
membership benefits and register at http://www.threadgroup.org/Join.aspx.
Designed for consumers and devices in and around the home, Thread easily
and securely connects hundreds of devices to each other and directly to
the cloud using real Internet Protocols in a low-power, wireless mesh
network. The non-profit Thread Group is focused on making Thread the
foundation for the Internet of Things in the home, educating product
developers and consumers on the unique features and benefits of Thread
and ensuring a great user experience through rigorous, meaningful
product certification. Thread is backed by industry-leading companies
including ARM, Big Ass Fans, Freescale Semiconductor (News - Alert), Nest Labs, Inc.,
Samsung, Silicon Labs and Yale Security. For more information, please
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