Google Open Sources Nest ‘Thread’ IoT Networking Platform

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Google wades into IoT standards war by opening up protocols behind Nest

Google has made a play for smart home domination by open sourcing the ‘Thread’ software used by its Nest smart home division for the Internet of Things (IoT).

Thread is a networking protocol used for devices such as the Nest thermostat and is now available for anyone to build into their own smart home products. OpenThread, as the new software is called, is available to download from Github for free..

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smart homesAny products will still need to be certified by the Thread Group and manufacturers will need to sign up as members to download the software.

Thread was developed alongside such IoT heavy hitters as ARM, Samsung, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments, and Google is hoping these links will help OpenThread become a de facto standard for smart connections.

Nest says that implementing the new software, manufacturers will have the option of using a proven networking technology rather than putting the time and investment into creating their own.

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Thread is also an IPv6 networking protocol built on open standards, meaning that millions of existing 802.15.4 wireless devices on the market can be easily updated to run Thread, the company added.

“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.

“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.”

As interest in smart, connected products continues to grow unabashed, the standards that govern their connectivity have become a key battleground for companies looking to promote their products.

This includes Samsung, which has gone all-in with its IoT offerings, which includes specialised Artik processors and SmartThings connected products, which cover the whole range from smart fridges to home security.

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