The Thread Group announced several milestones supporting its mission to provide an interoperable foundation to extend the power of the Internet to the low-power wireless devices that make up the Internet of Things. Siemens Building Technologies and Nordic Semiconductors have both increased their commitment in the Thread Group, and joined its board of directors, further expanding the alliance’s presence in the global commercial and smart home marketplace.
“We chose to increase our commitment to Thread because it solves commercial building spaces’ biggest challenge: technology silos plagued with minimal interoperability,” noted Klaus Waechter, Standardization Manager, Siemens Building Technologies. “Thread wireless connectivity enables more flexibility in functionality planning, better system features, easier maintenance and lower cost. As it’s built on IP, it offers robust end-to-end security measures, and the mesh architecture makes it possible for devices from multiple manufacturers to connect seamlessly. Siemens’ support aims to unify the fragmented connected device industry and unlock new markets.”
Thread specification is currently widely in use for residential IoT applications. With the features for commercial applications, it scales to reliably connect thousands of wireless products in commercial grade buildings.
“The Thread Group is expanding beyond smart-home applications; it’s gaining traction with major product vendors while expanding its collaboration with other standards organizations,” said Pär Håkansson, Nordic Semiconductor’s Product Marketing Manager responsible for smart home strategies and products. “The smart home is a key business segment for Nordic and its sponsor membership of the Thread Group will strengthen both organizations’ leadership in low-power wireless technology.”
Recognizing that developers of IoT, connected devices and buildings need to assemble an entire solution, the Thread Group partners with other standards organizations and alliances to provide an interoperable foundation for all devices connected to the Internet of Things.
KNX and Thread Group are working together to provide a solution incorporating Thread’s IP-based networking layer with KNX’s well-established and interoperable application that developers can easily implement into a product. KNX has chosen Thread as the low-power wireless communication protocol for KNX IoT.
The Thread Group’s current liaison partners include Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA), EEBus, Fairhair Alliance, KNX, Linaro, Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) and Zigbee Alliance.
These liaison agreements create a foundation for organizations to explore opportunities to collaborate on technical specifications and network management in order to advance connectivity and interoperability. Additionally, Thread’s liaison partners will collaborate to achieve the common goal of one-stop certification with the ability to exchange relevant documents with intellectual property protection for each providing organization.