The promise of the Internet of Things (IoT) is a seamless, connected world – one in which devices can share information between themselves, our smartphones, or through the cloud in ways that make our lives easier. That means thermostats that understand and adjust our temperature preferences depending on whether we’re home, fridges that can tell us when we need to restock, and security systems that can recognize friends from strangers. But there’s one thing standing in the way: fragmentation.
Right now, some companies are creating IoT devices that only work within their own ecosystem. For example, the connected speaker of company A won’t necessarily work with the smart fridge of company B. If we want a truly connected world, the solution may be a single, interoperable framework for all IoT devices and services.
In a push to address IoT fragmentation, Qualcomm Technologies and other industry leaders, such as ARM and Atmel, have announced support for the release and ongoing development of Nest’s OpenThread, an open source implementation of the Thread networking protocol.
In short, Thread is designed to make it easy for devices to quickly and securely interact with each other and the cloud. Because Nest’s OpenThread is open source, the technology is more accessible to a wider range of silicon providers and manufacturers, which should help accelerate the development of IoT products. This way, existing popular applications and platforms will be able to operate over Thread networks to create a truly end-to-end, interoperable experience.
While technologies of Qualcomm Technologies are featured in a number of IoT devices across various ecosystems, there is still a lot of work to be done to bring these ecosystems together. With OpenThread, Qualcomm Technologies and other Silicon Valley leaders can support and contribute to deliver best-in-class IoT devices and technologies that will work together regardless of brand or ecosystem. And as more providers adopt Thread, manufacturers can count on the fact that they’re using proven solutions to create more choice for consumers, who can look to Thread as a sign of interoperability. Want more proof? Since October 2014, more than 230 members have joined Thread (including Qualcomm Technologies, both as part of the board and as a sponsor) and more than 30 products have been submitted and are awaiting certification.
Interoperability is a key component of Qualcomm Technologies’ vision for the IoT. This includes our efforts in building the AllSeen Alliance early on and, more recently, working with the Open Connectivity Foundation. As a member of both, Qualcomm Technologies supports all key ecosystems and is working collaboratively to develop interoperable solutions that enable good consumer experiences while reducing barriers to growth. Find out more about how Qualcomm is helping to create a more intuitive and secure IoT.