Today, Qualcomm Incorporated became the tenth member of the Thread Group Board of Directors, demonstrating our enduring support for broad ecosystem efforts that drive the proliferation of the Internet of Everything (IoE).
Our role on the Board will involve both initiating and leading working groups focused on establishing widespread adoption of Thread technology in the connected home. We join ARM, Big Ass Fans, Freescale Semiconductor, Nest Labs, Samsung Electronics, Silicon Labs, Yale Security, Somfy and Tyco on the Board of Directors with approval rights over operating budgets and final deliverables.
Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, has a long history of supporting interoperable connectivity and communications for IoE devices and applications, as evidenced by its initial leadership and continued support of AllJoyn and the AllSeen Alliance, Inc. As a complement to Qualcomm Technologies’ work in the AllSeen Alliance, we are committed to delivering support for standards-based IP technologies and supporting open platforms that coexist and interoperate with a broad range of solutions. In the future, we intend for AllJoyn to be able to communicate over the reliable mesh network Thread provides.
While we’re very excited to be joining the Thread Group today, we’re equally excited about today’s release of the Thread technical specification, which is well-aligned to our view of the necessities of the IoE today and into the future, namely:
- Reliable networks: Thread offers robust self-healing mesh networks that are designed to scale to hundreds of devices with no single point of failure. Devices are ready when people need them.
- Secure networks: Thread networks feature banking-class encryption. Thread is designed to close identified security holes found in other wireless protocols.
- Simple connectivity: Thread devices are designed to be simple to install with a smartphone, tablet or computer. Consumers can connect Thread devices in the home to each other and to the cloud for easy control and access from virtually anywhere.
- Low power: Thread supports battery-operated devices as part of a home network. This allows the devices that people use every day—including thermostats, lighting controls, safety and security products—to be a part of the network without requiring constant charging or frequent battery changes.
For more information on the Thread Group, visit http://www.threadgroup.org.