Smart home company Nest is rolling out OpenThread, an open source reference code implementation of the Thread networking protocol created by the firm in 2014.
“Thread makes it possible for devices to simply, securely and reliably connect to each other and to the cloud,” said Greg Hu, head of Nest Platform and Works with Nest.
“And because Thread is an IPv6 networking protocol built on open standards, millions of existing 802.15.4 wireless devices on the market can be easily updated to run Thread.
"OpenThread will significantly accelerate the deployment of Thread in these devices, establishing Thread as one of the key networking technology standards for connected products in the home.”
Thread claimed on its site that its protocols are "edging towards widespread adoption", but a look at the list of certified devices advises us to 'Check Back Soon'.
Contextually, Thread is a way of carrying traffic from the likes of Z-Wave and ZigBee, offering direct device-to-device communication with a meshed structure, although it claims to be working with them to reduce, rather than extend, fragmentation.
Digging deeper, we discovered that the president of Nest is also a principal software engineer at the firm, while other members include executives and engineers from the likes of ARM, Yale, Samsung, Qualcomm and OSRAM.
Several household name companies are members of the Thread Group, many of which have already got into bed with other standard bearers too, suggesting an industry still very much hedging its bets.
That said, Thread is not meant to be "just another protocol" but a delivery system that could mean the end of fragmentation.
Unsurprisingly, Google's OnHub already carries a Thread-compatible radio, and "more than 30" devices are awaiting certification.
An initial OpenThread build is available at GitHub and a demo of OpenThread will be available at Google I/O later in May.
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