Q4 2016
I hope you enjoyed the holiday season and are ready for a busy, Thread-filled year ahead! We ended 2016 with a lot of momentum and, in case you missed it, in December we announced two new successes:

The Thread Group and the ZigBee Alliance successfully demonstrated products running ZigBee's universal language for smart devices on a thread network
The Thread Group and Fairhair Alliance aligned to collaborate on Internet standards-based communications in commercial buildings

The Thread Group kicked off the year at CES 2017. We had 17 sponsors exhibiting their Thread-based components, products, and solutions in the Thread Group's booth. CES attendees were able to see first-hand seamless device-to-device communication, built on the low power, highly secure Thread networking protocol.

In addition, the Thread Group and ZigBee Alliance jointly demonstrated successful product integrations running dotdot, the ZigBee Alliance's universal language for smart devices, on Thread networks, which marks an important milestone in the two organization's collaboration as they work to release end-to-end, turnkey product development solutions.

We continue our efforts to expand Thread beyond the connected home into the commercial building and professional sectors. Development and communications about this new initiative for Thread will unfold throughout the remainder of 2017 including a new whitepaper and webinar currently in development.

Grant Erickson,
President, Thread Group
Thread Group Aims Its Iot Mesh Network At Enterprises
November 2, 2016
Stephen Lawson, PCWorld
Thread Group Unveils Developer Resources To Drive IoT Spec Adoption
November 11, 2016
Jeffrey Burt, eWEEK
ZigBee, Thread Group to Showcase Interoperability at CES
December 16, 2016
Fierce Wireless, Monica Alleven
Latest on Thread, OCF, Weave and ZigBee's new dotdot Home Automation Layer at CES 2017
January 4, 2017
CEPro, Julie Jacobson
Episode 93: Special CES Edition Covering All The Things!
January 9, 2017
IoT Podcast, Stacey Higginbotham - *Podcast; Grant Erickson's interview begins at 25:08
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Thread Group Opens Testing To Members As ARM, NXP, And Silicon Labs Brings First Conforming Stacks To Market
November 9, 2016
The Thread Group and Fairhair Alliance Create Liaison Agreement To Collaborate On Internet Standards-Based Communication In Commercial Buildings
December 13, 2016
ZigBee Alliance And Thread Group Successfully Demonstrate Products Running ZigBee's Universal Language For Smart Devices On Thread Networks
December 15, 2016
Thread Group Showcases Thread-Based Products And Ecosystem At CEStitle
January 4, 2017
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We are opening up our test tools and lab to members in order to advance #connectivity where we live and work.
Nothing puts the "smart" in #smarthome more than a demo of a seamless #IoT ecosystem. Sands Expo booth 40343
#CES2017 #CES #BuildonThread
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  • Members demonstrated various application layers on Thread at the All Members Meeting in November in Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Thread Group and zigbee alliance demonstrated prototypes that run the zigbee alliance's universal language for smart devices on Thread networks.

  • ARM, NXP, and Silicon Labs released first conforming stacks to enable members to utilize the Thread test resources/tools for testing

  • We are pleased to announce the winner of the Q4 Innovation Enabler Award is Ivani LLC.

  • As a result of Q3 PR outreach, Thread was featured in 162 news articles reaching more than 210.6 million people. See highlights on the Thread website under In the News.

  • All Members Meeting in Atlanta, GA, February 14th-16th
    • Please join us in Atlanta for this exclusive, highly informational, and educational All Members Meeting. Register Now
2017 Smart Building Conference
Feb. 6, 2017 | Amsterdam
Arnulf Rupp, OSRAM & Thread Group Director to present "Thread for residential and commercial buildings"
All Members Meeting
Feb. 14-16, 2017 | Atlanta, GA
Register Now
Thread Group Open House
March 27, 2017 | Bay Area, CA
Details to be announced soon
All Members Meeting
June 27-29, 2017 | Vancouver, Canada
All Members Meeting
Nov. 15-17, 2017 | Lisbon, Portugal

Liaison agreements are intended to accelerate the adoption of interoperable end-to-end solutions in the connected home and commercial buildings. In November 2016, the Thread Group broadened its scope to enable new use cases, both inside the home and beyond. Fairhair is an Alliance of leading companies, from the Lighting, Building Automation and IT industry that aims to facilitate the use of IPv6 for the 'Internet of Things' in buildings. The Thread Group's liaison agreement with the Fairhair Alliance will provide a secure and interoperable IPv6-based networking infrastructure solution for commercial buildings.

Update on Thread and Zigbee Alliance Liaison

The liaison between Thread and the zigbee alliance is making significant progress towards creating a more interoperable world.

At CES 2017, the zigbee alliance announced dotdot - a universal language for the Internet of Things. dotdot (formerly known as ZCLIP) is based on the zigbee alliance's application layer (zigbee cluster library), which is well known to the industry and our many mutual members. This familiarity - and the effort of many of those members - enabled rapid development of early dotdot-over-thread products from major product vendors, interoperating in mirrored demos in both the zigbee alliance and Thread booths at CES.

This progress, which gives vendors interested in Thread a well-supported way to create interoperable devices, has generated significant interest in both Thread and dotdot from the media, market, and industry leaders. We look forward to continued collaboration between our organizations, to the growth of our membership as a result of this liaison, and to growing member value by enabling a larger interoperable Thread ecosystem.
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