Thread Group Accesses Third Evolution of Wireless Networking Protocol, Enables Matter, Enhances Seamless Connectivity in Smart Homes and Buildings – Yahoo Finance | Region & Cash

Thread 1.3.0 simplifies R&D and deployment investments for IoT device manufacturers and provides seamless experiences for users

SAN RAMON, California, July 19, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Thread Group, an industry alliance enabling IoT convergence and addressing security, power consumption and architecture challenges at the network layer, today announced the next iteration of its wireless networking protocol, Thread 1.3.0 , which now activates Matter. Thread 1.3.0 builds on previous iterations and is fully backward compatible, opening the possibilities for widespread IoT adoption in homes and commercial buildings by removing barriers for both device manufacturers and end users.

Homeowners and building designers expect a seamless experience from their smart environment. This experience is based on easy-to-use, interoperable and secure devices that reliably deliver what they promise. In the past, this has been a challenge for manufacturers of smart devices to achieve, as they have often been hampered by interoperability issues when bringing new products to market.

Thread’s wireless networking protocol, along with Matter, serves as the foundation for manufacturers to deliver devices that seamlessly connect devices in home and commercial building environments. Thread 1.3.0’s enabling of Matter devices brings full functionality of IP routing and service discovery to Thread networks, allowing Matter to work seamlessly on Thread networks. This allows manufacturers to focus on innovation and less on connectivity, which directly benefits end users.

Thread is a reliable, secure, and ultra-low-power networking protocol that delivers fast response times, extended coverage, and years of battery life to enhance the connected experience. As an IP-based open standard, Thread enables home automation devices such as lights, thermostats, door locks, sensors and smart speakers to securely, reliably and easily integrate into smart homes or buildings and connect directly to the cloud.

As an IP-based network transport layer protocol, Thread can work with any IP-based application layer. Besides supporting Matter, Thread 1.3.0 will support further application layers like KNX IoT, DALI+, OCF and BACnet.

Thread 1.3.0, emphasized and focused on matter, users will now experience:

  • Seamless Response Across Matter Devices: Thread 1.3.0 enables Matter devices to join users’ IP-based networks while enabling low-power, long-range use cases. Matter endpoints can use any certified thread border router and work with any smart device, making them easy to add to a network and seamlessly connect to existing networks.

  • Seamless integration into existing network infrastructure: Thread border routers make it easy for Thread devices to be discovered and communicate with devices outside of the Thread network, as they appear like any other Wi-Fi device on the network. They are reachable via IP and can discover services via mDNS. Like Wi-Fi access points, Thread Border Routers are unique in that they can be built into any organization’s existing equipment, minimizing the need for additional dedicated hardware.

  • Simplified on-site firmware updates: Enables firmware to be updated quickly and automatically on Threaded devices without impacting the responsiveness of controls or the timeliness of event delivery. Upgrading an installed device can be tedious; Thread 1.3.0 enables simultaneous firmware updates for all your Thread devices at the same time without impacting network performance.

“The Thread Group is always looking for ways to harness the power of the Internet of Things through its IP-based, low-power, reliable, secure, and low-latency mesh network technology,” said Vividh Siddha, President of the Thread Group. “Thread 1.3.0 allows users to more easily connect, configure, and use their Matter devices because it uses border routers and interoperates with other smart devices with any certified Thread, providing a more reliable network from its Thread products.”

The Thread 1.3.0 network protocol specification and certification program is now available to members of the Thread group. Support for other partner ecosystems such as KNX, DALI and OCF will follow shortly. Learn more here.

About topic group

Founded in 2013, the non-profit Thread Group is focused on making Thread the foundation for the IoT in residential and commercial buildings. Based on open standards, Thread is a low-power wireless networking protocol that enables direct, secure, and scalable end-to-end connectivity between IoT devices, mobile devices, and the Internet. And because Thread is IP-based, it seamlessly integrates with many environments, apps, devices, and clouds. The Thread Group offers a rigorous certification program to ensure device interoperability and a positive user experience. Thread is supported by industry-leading companies such as Amazon, Apple, Google Nest, Lutron, Nordic Semiconductors, NXP Semiconductors, OSRAM, Qualcomm, Siemens, Silicon Labs, Samsung SmartThings, Somfy, and Yale Security.

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Michelle Sieling
Finn partner for Thread Group

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