Nest, Yale, Samsung Promote Thread Home-Automation Standard

A seven-member technology group that includes Nest Labs, Yale Security and Samsung’s CE group has defined a wireless mesh-network technology said to offer more security and reliability than the ZigBee and Z-Wave standards for home automation.
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A seven-member technology group that includes Nest Labs, Yale Security and Samsung’s CE group has defined a wireless mesh-network technology said to offer more security and reliability than the ZigBee and Z-Wave standards for home automation.

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The Group, called the Thread Group, said an interoperability testing program will get underway in the first half of 2015, and the first home-automation products incorporating the technology, called Thread, could be available sometime in that half from current members. The group will solicit additional companies for memberships later this year, and their products could be available sometime in the second half of 2015.

Other group members are ARM, Silicon Labs, Freescale Semiconductor and Big Ass, a maker of residential and commercial fans.

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