Google’s Nest launches focus group for smart-home network protocol

Search giant eyes domestic smart devices market, promotes Thread as preferred network standard

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Google’s Nest launches focus group for smart-home network protocol Google is starting to take a more focused approach to the Internet of Things. (Getty Images)
By  Stephen McBride Published  July 15, 2014

Google Inc's Nest Labs today launched an industry focus group to promote the use of Thread, a new network communications protocol designed for smart-homes, Reuters reported.

Nest hopes the Thread Group will persuade manufacturers of Internet-enabled household gadgets such as locks and light bulbs to adopt the protocol, as parent firm Google starts to take a more focused approach to the Internet of Things.

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The industry group includes Samsung Electronics and chip companies ARM Holdings, Freescale Semiconductor and Silicon Labs, along with household manufacturers such as lock-maker Yale.

Thread's security and power-consumption features set it apart from other standards, like Wifi, NFC, Bluetooth or ZigBee, and make it more suitable for smart home integration, argues Chris Boross, a Nest product manager who heads the focus group. ZigBee devices could be updated to become Thread-compliant as they use the same radio chips, Boross explained.

Nest started as a vendor of smart thermostats and was bought by Google in January for $3.2bn. The Web giant, which has already made progress in the Internet of Things arena through wearable tech and smart cars, hopes to position Nest as the leader in smart-homes.

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