The likes of Samsung, Google and ARM have teamed together to form and develop Thread, an IP-based wireless networking protocol.
This follows the announcement of Open Interconnect Consortium, which too has been backed by major industry players to support the future of the Internet of Things.
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The aim here is to hone on current networking technologies already available, with Thread allowing for product developers and consumers to connect up more than 250 devices to a mesh network that includes direct internet and cloud access.
However, Thread isn’t an application protocol or a connectivity platform; it’s a networking protocol that has been built upon open standards.
A current version of Thread is successfully being used by Nest product, and it offers product developers a number of advantages over other wireless standards. This includes banking-standard encryption capabilities and the ability to be easily downloaded on mobile devices.
Thread is looking to drum up further support and interest by offering up access to a membership platform consisting of contributors and sponsors.