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

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

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.

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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