News Feed Item
Introducing Thread: A New Wireless Networking Protocol for the Home
|By Business Wire
|July 15, 2014 03:00 AM EDT
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 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, 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 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 technologies 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, Nest Labs, Inc.,
Samsung, Silicon Labs and Yale Security. For more information, please
Photos/Multimedia Gallery Available: http://www.businesswire.com/multimedia/home/20140715005606/en/
Technology vendors and analysts are eager to paint a rosy picture of how wonderful IoT is and why your deployment will be great with the use of their products and services. While it is easy to showcase successful IoT solutions, identifying IoT systems that missed the mark or failed can often provide more in the way of key lessons learned.
In his session at @ThingsExpo, Peter Vanderminden, Principal Industry Analyst for IoT & Digital Supply Chain to Flatiron Strategies, will focus on how IoT de...
Oct. 1, 2016 11:30 AM EDT Reads: 1,322
Complete Internet of Things (IoT) embedded device security is not just about the device but involves the entire product’s identity, data and control integrity, and services traversing the cloud. A device can no longer be looked at as an island; it is a part of a system. In fact, given the cross-domain interactions enabled by IoT it could be a part of many systems. Also, depending on where the device is deployed, for example, in the office building versus a factory floor or oil field, security ha...
Oct. 1, 2016 11:15 AM EDT Reads: 867
24Notion is full-service global creative digital marketing, technology and lifestyle agency that combines strategic ideas with customized tactical execution. With a broad understand of the art of traditional marketing, new media, communications and social influence, 24Notion uniquely understands how to connect your brand strategy with the right consumer. 24Notion ranked #12 on Corporate Social Responsibility - Book of List.
Oct. 1, 2016 10:45 AM EDT Reads: 601
Fact is, enterprises have significant legacy voice infrastructure that’s costly to replace with pure IP solutions. How can we bring this analog infrastructure into our shiny new cloud applications? There are proven methods to bind both legacy voice applications and traditional PSTN audio into cloud-based applications and services at a carrier scale. Some of the most successful implementations leverage WebRTC, WebSockets, SIP and other open source technologies.
In his session at @ThingsExpo, Da...
Oct. 1, 2016 10:30 AM EDT Reads: 1,724
Businesses are struggling to manage the information flow and interactions between all of these new devices and things jumping on their network, and the apps and IT systems they control. The data businesses gather is only helpful if they can do something with it.
In his session at @ThingsExpo, Chris Witeck, Principal Technology Strategist at Citrix, will discuss how different the impact of IoT will be for large businesses, expanding how IoT will allow large organizations to make their legacy ap...
Oct. 1, 2016 10:30 AM EDT Reads: 710
What happens when the different parts of a vehicle become smarter than the vehicle itself? As we move toward the era of smart everything, hundreds of entities in a vehicle that communicate with each other, the vehicle and external systems create a need for identity orchestration so that all entities work as a conglomerate. Much like an orchestra without a conductor, without the ability to secure, control, and connect the link between a vehicle’s head unit, devices, and systems and to manage the ...
Oct. 1, 2016 10:00 AM EDT Reads: 518
For basic one-to-one voice or video calling solutions, WebRTC has proven to be a very powerful technology. Although WebRTC’s core functionality is to provide secure, real-time p2p media streaming, leveraging native platform features and server-side components brings up new communication capabilities for web and native mobile applications, allowing for advanced multi-user use cases such as video broadcasting, conferencing, and media recording.
Oct. 1, 2016 10:00 AM EDT Reads: 3,319
What does it look like when you have access to cloud infrastructure and platform under the same roof? Let’s talk about the different layers of Technology as a Service: who cares, what runs where, and how does it all fit together.
In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Phil Jackson, Lead Technology Evangelist at SoftLayer, an IBM company, spoke about the picture being painted by IBM Cloud and how the tools being crafted can help fill the gaps in your IT infrastructure.
Oct. 1, 2016 10:00 AM EDT Reads: 3,197
SYS-CON Events announced today that Niagara Networks will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Niagara Networks offers the highest port-density systems, and the most complete Next-Generation Network Visibility systems including Network Packet Brokers, Bypass Switches, and Network TAPs.
Oct. 1, 2016 10:00 AM EDT Reads: 605
DevOps at Cloud Expo – being held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA – announces that its Call for Papers is open.
Born out of proven success in agile development, cloud computing, and process automation, DevOps is a macro trend you cannot afford to miss. From showcase success stories from early adopters and web-scale businesses, DevOps is expanding to organizations of all sizes, including the world's largest enterprises – and delivering real results. Am...
Oct. 1, 2016 10:00 AM EDT Reads: 4,672
In this strange new world where more and more power is drawn from business technology, companies are effectively straddling two paths on the road to innovation and transformation into digital enterprises.
The first path is the heritage trail – with “legacy” technology forming the background. Here, extant technologies are transformed by core IT teams to provide more API-driven approaches. Legacy systems can restrict companies that are transitioning into digital enterprises. To truly become a lea...
Oct. 1, 2016 09:45 AM EDT Reads: 834
SYS-CON Events announced today that Interface Masters Technologies, a leader in Network Visibility and Uptime Solutions, will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Interface Masters Technologies is a leading vendor in the network monitoring and high speed networking markets. Based in the heart of Silicon Valley, Interface Masters' expertise lies in Gigabit, 10 Gigabit and 40 Gigabit Eth...
Oct. 1, 2016 09:45 AM EDT Reads: 2,768
SYS-CON Events announced today that Sheng Liang to Keynote at SYS-CON's 19th Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1-3, 2016 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California.
Oct. 1, 2016 09:15 AM EDT Reads: 200
In his session at @ThingsExpo, Kausik Sridharabalan, founder and CTO of Pulzze Systems, Inc., will focus on key challenges in building an Internet of Things solution infrastructure. He will shed light on efficient ways of defining interactions within IoT solutions, leading to cost and time reduction. He will also introduce ways to handle data and how one can develop IoT solutions that are lean, flexible and configurable, thus making IoT infrastructure agile and scalable.
Oct. 1, 2016 09:15 AM EDT Reads: 1,677
Much of the value of DevOps comes from a (renewed) focus on measurement, sharing, and continuous feedback loops. In increasingly complex DevOps workflows and environments, and especially in larger, regulated, or more crystallized organizations, these core concepts become even more critical.
In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 18th Cloud Expo, Andi Mann, Chief Technology Advocate at Splunk, showed how, by focusing on 'metrics that matter,' you can provide objective, transparent, and meaningful f...
Oct. 1, 2016 09:00 AM EDT Reads: 2,944