Thread Group issues formal release of its networking protocol

July 15, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
The Thread Group (www.threadgroup.org) has formally released Thread, the IP-based wireless networking protocol designed for low-power connected products in the home. 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."

Qualcomm is joining the Thread Group Board of Directors. Qualcomm's subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, says it has, “established a solid framework for interoperable connectivity and communications. The company is committed to delivering standards-based IP technologies and supporting open platforms that coexist and interoperate with a broad range of solutions.”

"When it comes to easily and securely connecting the smart home, the work of industry alliances like the Thread Group are essential," said Raj Talluri, senior vice president, product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. "Collaborating with the Thread Group allows for the integration of this technology into the world's leading brands of household appliances, and to thereby speed innovation and market transformation."

The Thread Group also announced today that it retained Thomas Sciorilli to lead the Thread product certification program launching in September. Thomas joins the Thread Group as director of product certification with more than 15 years of experience leading and growing technical organisations. In his role, Thomas will oversee testing to ensure that Thread products work together effortlessly and securely right out of the box. Thread-certified products can bear the Thread logo, indicating they have been certified for quality, security and interoperability - and to help consumers identify them on the market.

Using proven standards such as IPv6 and 6LoWPAN as its foundation, Thread claims technological advantages over existing wireless standards including:

Reliable networks: Thread offers robust self-healing mesh networks