The Thread Group Continues to Expand Influence Across Connected Home

Alliance Appoints New President, Enhances Focus on Europe and Asia, Deepens Engagement with IoT Industry Groups and Continues to Make Membership Accessible to Early Stage Innovators

SAN RAMON, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In its effort to create the best way to connect and control products in the home, the Thread Group today announced that it has significantly expanded its presence and influence across the connected device industry. From bolstering its board of directors and membership to deepening collaborative efforts, the Thread Group continues to help the Internet of Things realize its potential.


Thread Group Strengthens Leadership

The Thread Group appointed Grant Erickson, principal software engineer at Nest Labs, as its President, to oversee the alliance's effort in establishing a low power, secure, and scalable networking foundation for the connected home.

"The Thread Group has gained incredible traction since its inception in 2014. In less than two years, we've grown our membership to more than 230 innovative companies, released the Thread specification and launched a beta version of the Thread Certification Program," said Grant Erickson, president, Thread Group. "I'm excited to be working with the Board and our members as we continue to build on this strong momentum with broader geographic adoption of Thread and to bring Thread-enabled products to market."

Expands Global Reach

The group further bolstered its international footprint by adding France-based Schneider Electric to its board of directors. Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, joins the board alongside two other European-based companies: OSRAM and Somfy.

"Joining the Thread Group at this time of exponential growth in the connected home industry gives Schneider Electric a significant opportunity to strengthen our portfolio of energy management solutions," said Barry Coflan, Chief Technology Officer, ecoBuildings Business, Schneider Electric. "We look forward to collaborating with other innovative companies to fulfill the promise of smart solutions in the connected home and beyond."

The Thread Group's membership continues to expand globally, as a number of companies with international interests have joined the alliance in recent months.

Making Headway with ZigBee Alliance and The Connected Lighting Alliance

To further streamline technologies, improve device interoperability and to enhance the end user's experience with connected devices, the Thread Group is actively collaborating with organizations across the Internet of Things spectrum.

Specifically, the ZigBee Alliance and the Thread Group are collaborating on a roadmap that incorporates the Thread Group's networking layer with the ZigBee Alliance's comprehensive applications layer. The solution will be provided by the ZigBee Alliance and will include necessary specifications, branding, and a complete test and certification program. The goal is to release the solution during the third quarter of 2016. This collaboration will meet the demand for IP-based, low-power radio frequency communications in the smart home and other IoT markets.

In addition, the Thread Group and The Connected Lighting Alliance (TCLA) have embarked on a collaboration to develop an open protocol solution for the network layer in indoor professional lighting applications, further reinforcing the demand for Thread's technology.

Innovation Enabler Award Makes Thread Accessible to Any Company

The Innovation Enabler Award gives early-stage companies the opportunity to play a role in defining the connected home. Winners are selected quarterly, based on the creative potential of their ideas and receive one year of complimentary Thread Group membership at the Contributor level.

By joining the Thread Group, winners will have access to the Thread specification and Thread product certification, which provides rigorous testing to help ensure that devices work together effortlessly and securely right out of the box. Winners also receive marketing support from the Thread Group and may be showcased at Thread events, including the Consumer Electronics Show. In addition, as Contributor members, winners can participate in committees that contribute to Thread Group's strategic direction. Applications for the next Innovation Enabler Award close on June 30, 2016. Interested companies can learn more here: http://threadgroup.org/join/innovation-enabler-program.

About Thread

Designed for consumers and devices in and around the home, Thread is an IPv6 networking protocol built on open standards for low-power 802.15.4 mesh networks that can easily and securely connect hundreds of devices to each other and directly to the cloud. The non-profit Thread Group is focused on making Thread the foundation for the Internet of Things in the home, educating product developers and consumers on the unique features and benefits of Thread and ensuring a great user experience through rigorous, meaningful product certification. Thread is backed by industry-leading companies including ARM, Haiku Home, Nest Labs, NXP, OSRAM, Qualcomm, Samsung Electronics, Schneider Electric, Silicon Labs, Somfy, Tyco and Yale Security. Since opening its membership in October 2014, Thread has quickly grown to more than 230 members. For more information, please visit http://www.threadgroup.org.

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