WHY WE MADE THREAD


Thread was designed with one goal in mind: To create the very best way to connect and control products in the home.

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It’s hard to get multiple devices to talk to one another. And until now, no one has been able to do it well.

Most of today’s technologies rely on a single device to communicate with products around the home. So if that device fails, the whole network goes down. Today’s technologies can also be difficult and confusing to set up. And since many devices around the home need to stay connected 24/7, they end up draining battery life quickly.

That’s why we designed Thread. We wanted to build a technology that uses and combines the best of what’s out there and create a networking protocol that can help the Internet of Things realize its potential for years to come.

We designed Thread to have these important features:

  • Simple for consumers to use
  • Always secure
  • Power-efficient
  • An open protocol that carries IPv6 natively
  • Based on a robust mesh network with no single point of failure
  • Runs over standard 802.15.4 radios
  • Designed to support a wide variety of products for the home: appliances, access control, climate control, energy management, lighting, safety, and security


Click here to learn more about the Thread technology



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Thread Group overview presentation

BOARD & OFFICERS

PRESIDENT

Chris Boross

Technical Product Marketing Manager
Nest Labs




VICE PRESIDENT
OF TECHNOLOGY

Skip Ashton

Vice President of Software
Silicon Labs




VICE PRESIDENT
OF MARKETING

Sujata Neidig

Business Development Manager 
Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.




SECRETARY

Bill Curtis

Lead Strategist for the Internet of Things
ARM




TREASURER

Kevin Kraus

Director Product Management
Residential EAC
Yale Residential



Sponsors

Contributors

  • ARRIS
  • Intel Corp
  • Kinestral Technologies Inc.
  • Micosa, Inc.
  • Synopsys, Inc.
Affiliates

  • Centero LLC
  • CEVA, INC
  • Goertek Electronics, Inc
  • SECURE METERS LTD.
  • There Corporation
 
FAQ

THREAD GROUP

Why did the Founders create Thread Group?

What is the Thread Group?

What is the mission of Thread Group?

Is Thread Group another standards body?

Will Thread Group do certification?

How will Thread Group work with Bluetooth, IETF, IPSO, Wi-Fi, ZigBee, OIC, AllJoyn and others?

THREAD FEATURES/BENEFITS

What is Thread and what does it do?

Who developed Thread?

What kind of devices will use Thread?

Will devices that use Thread work with other wireless solutions like ZigBee, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and Z-Wave?

How does Thread shape the Internet of Things?

What are the benefits of implementing Thread over other options in home devices?

What does Thread offer consumers?

TECHNICAL

Is Thread available now?

When will the certification program be available?

When will Thread certified devices be available?

What aspects of the wireless network does Thread cover and not cover?

What are the different types of nodes in a Thread Network?

What does Thread do differently in regards to security and commissioning?

How does Thread support the low power requirements of battery-operated devices?

JOINING THREAD GROUP

Who should join Thread Group?

Why should I join?

Will all members be able to contribute to what Thread Group develops?

What type of companies are part of the Thread Ecosystem?

What marketing benefits will I receive?

What does membership cost?

How can I join?

What will be the licensing and royalty terms of membership?

How often do members meet and what do meetings encompass?

How do I participate in Thread as a member?

What information is available to non-members?

How do I get support on PR efforts which include Thread mentions?

What are the guidelines for using the Thread and Thread Group logos?