The ZigBee Alliance and the Thread Group are doing their part to diminish fragmentation in the Internet of Things (IoT), announcing they will offer an end-to-end solution for IP-based IoT networks later this year.The solution will become part of the ZigBee Alliance’s set of product development specifications, technologies’ branding and certification programs. It follows an agreement announced in April of last year where the two entities said they would collaborate. Over the ensuing months, they hammered out just how that would happen.
Oh goodie, look for another home-automation certification logo on IoT devices, coming soon from the Thread Group.Thread, a Nest-driven network protocol for home automation applications, has launched a product certification program with UL as its testing partner. The group says 30 products have been submitted for testing so far.
About a year ago (July last year), Nest, along with several other companies, joined together to form the Thread Group consortium, in an effort to bring a more secure low-power networking protocol for IoT devices.The founding members included Yale Security, Silicon Labs, Samsung Electronics, Nest Labs, Freescale Semiconductor, Big Ass Fans and ARM, but now the group contains over 120 new members.
Qualcomm said Tuesday it is working with Thread Group, a Google-backed effort to determine ways for Internet-connected devices to talk to one another.The move is important because Qualcomm has been a key backer of the AllSeen Alliance, one of several competing efforts to set standards for the so-called Internet of Things. By taking part in Thread as well, Qualcomm opens the door for potential cooperation and collaboration between the two bodies.
The Thread Group (www.threadgroup.org) today announced the release of Thread, the new IP-based wireless networking protocol designed for low-power connected products in the home. Starting today, product developers who are members of the Thread Group can access Thread technical specifications and documentation to build Thread-compliant products.”Thread was designed to be the foundation of the Internet of Things in the home by allowing developers and consumers to easily and securely connect hundreds of devices within a low-power, wireless mesh network,” said Chris Boross, president, Thread Group. “In the nine months since opening membership, more than 160 companies have joined the Thread Group, and now the group is launching the Thread technical specification, which has now completed extensive interoperability testing. Today’s announcement means that Thread products are on the way and will be in customers’ hands very shortly. I’m excited to see what kinds of products and experiences Thread developers will build.”
At least twice a week someone pings me with an idea for a guest article on how engineers must solve security problems if the Internet of Things is going to reach its potential. After plenty of talk on the topic, a wave of real action is on the rise.The Intel-led Open Interconnect Consortium defining a high-level IoT software stack recently called for engineers to join its work on security. I know its rival, the Thread Group, is engaged in similar work. The IEEE is taking a different tack, organizing an effort in which policy makers to join engineers
The ZigBee Alliance, an association of companies that use and advance the ZigBee application layer standard for Internet of Things device communication and interoperability, and the Thread Group, an industry group that last summer introduced the Thread 6LoWPAN-based mesh-networking standard, have announced a collaboration. The two groups—which are among several that have different standards for home IoT device communication—say that ZigBee products will be able to run Thread’s mesh-network protocol via the ZigBee Cluster Library application layer. While the groups remain committed to independence, they explain that they are working together to help streamline product development and ultimately improve the consumer experience with setting up and using IoT devices for home automation.
The ZigBee Alliance and the Thread Group today announced that they are collaborating to enable the ZigBee application layer to run over Thread networks. The integration will allow ZigBee devices to connect to the network natively using the Ipv6.
The ZigBee Alliance (www.ZigBee.org) and the Thread Group (www.threadgroup.org) today announced they are collaborating to enable the ZigBee Cluster Library to run over Thread networks. By working together, ZigBee and Thread can jointly provide an interoperable solution to help streamline product development and ultimately improve the consumer’s experience in the connected home.
“We believe this agreement will deliver value to product developers searching for another solution for connectivity in the smart home.”
The ZigBee Cluster Library standardizes application level functionality for a wide variety of devices used in smart homes and other markets. Thread is a wireless networking protocol that can support multiple low-bandwidth, IP-based application protocols to provide secure and reliable networks, simple connectivity and low power in the home. Both organizations remain committed to their independence while cooperating to benefit their respective members.
The Nest-inspired IP-centric Thread home automation protocol is finally getting some teeth, thanks to a partnership with the ZigBee Alliance. The two groups “are collaborating to enable the ZigBee Cluster Library to run over Thread networks.”
I gave the new Thread Group high marks when it was announced last year (Led by Google’s Nest, ‘Thread’ for Home Automation is Most Promising IoT Standard Yet).
But there was a major caveat: Thread only specifies the network layer of the smart-home stack, dealing with such things as security, reliability, battery optimization, range (through mesh technology) and the like – which is meaningless without applications to wrap around these low-level specifications.