>> NEST, ARM, FREESCALE AND OTHERS FORM THREAD GROUP
Standards, standards.... everywhere!
Earlier this week a new standards player was introduced -
founded by the likes of Google's Nest, ARM, Freescale, Silicon Labs and
Yale Security hot on the trails of the Open Interconnect Consortium and
the AllSeen Alliance. Do they have a different agenda than the others? -
it may seem like another land grab but it may not all be as it seems.
I blogged earlier about the likes of standards groups such as Open Interconnect Consortium, Hyper/Cat and AllSeen Alliance and at first glance of this news the first thing
that came to my mind was "oh boy, yet another standards group in this
already complicated space?"
The good news is that their focus isn't on how devices should talk to
each other from a messaging point of view - after reading their
they are focusing on pushing
(IEEE 802.15.4) with security in mind for the underlying network -
the other standards groups could sit on top of what the Thread Group is
One key aspect the group is focusing on is product certification - which
will allow products to use the "Thread Brand" as a message to consumers
that the products have been put through rigorous testing for quality,
security and interoperability. They plan to launch this program in the
first half of 2015, however have technical documentation available in
It is good to see a push for certification - even with a standards
war over what to transmit.