A new mesh network protocol has entered the smart home space: Thread. The technology runs on IEEE 802.15.4 and uses 6LoWPAN to carry IPv6 natively. The Thread group was founded by 7 companies: Arm, Big Ass Fans, Freescale Semiconductor, NEST, Samsung, Silicon Labs and Yale. According to the Thread press release; NEST, now owned by Google, currently uses a version of Thread in some of its own devices.
There are already several wireless technologies competing to be the solution of choice within the smart home, most commonly ZigBee and Z-Wave. So, why did the founders of Thread decide that the market needed a new networking solution? What makes Thread different? How will Thread influence interoperability across the market? Is Thread ‘just another technology’?
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