Nest, Samsung, ARM and others launch ‘Thread’ home automation network protocol

Google, through its Nest Labs home automation division, today announced another major step toward the formation of an ecosystem for connected home devices and apps.

Nest, along with Samsung, ARM, and four other partners, today announced a new home automation network protocol called Thread, along with a new industry group (the “Thread Group”) that will guide the adoption of the new protocol, the companies say.

The lock maker Yale Security, chip makers Silicon Labs and Freescale Semiconductor, and ceiling fan maker Big Ass Fans round out the group’s founding members.

The Thread protocol provides a common network language by which home devices like smart thermostats and smoke alarms can talk with each other, explains Chris Boross, the Nest Labs executive who leads the Thread initiative.

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