The Fairhair Alliance and the Thread Group, two groups advocating greater adoption of IPv6 networking protocol for Internet of Things (IoT) deployment, recently announced collaboration to provide a secure and interoperable IP-based networking infrastructure for commercial buildings.
The organizations will explore opportunities to collaborate on technical specifications, security, service discovery requirements and network management in order to advance connectivity and interoperability.
Grant Erickson, President of the Thread Group, said through this Thread and Fairhair liaison, both developers and IT administrators will have the tools to roll out standards-based lighting and building automation systems that not only support the smallest constrained mission-critical wireless building infrastructure devices, but also support familiar and required management and authentication platforms.
Fairhair is an alliance of lighting, building automation and IT companies that aim to facilitate the use of IPv6 for the IoT in buildings. The alliance envisions a future where building automation and lighting control systems utilize interoperable systems and link to application eco-systems, such as BACnet, KNX and ZigBee.
Thread is an IPv6 networking protocol built on open standards for low-power 802.15.4 mesh networks that can easily and securely connect hundreds of devices to each other and directly to the cloud. The non-profit Thread Group is focused on making Thread the foundation for the IoT in the home and beyond. Thread is backed by ARM, Nest Labs, Qualcomm, Samsung Electronics , Silicon Labs, Somfy, among others.