Thread Group and Open Connectivity Foundation to collaborate on connected home adoption

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With a view to further cross-application interoperability and device connectivity in the connected home, the Thread Group and the Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) have inked a liaison agreement.

Both organisations – which share many member companies – will collaborate to ensure compatibility of OCF's application layer with Thread's low-power, secure and scalable IPv6-based wireless mesh network layer.

Thread Group president, Grant Erickson, said: “Thread Group members identified and prioritised OCF as a strategically important application layer to run over the Thread wireless mesh network. In order for consumers to put their faith in the connected home, their experience must be simple, reliable, and effortless. This agreement takes us one step closer to our common goal of ensuring that consumers will have smart home devices that seamlessly work together out of the box, regardless of their brand or function.”

The offerings of both organisations support low-power technologies and facilitate the scale up from the internet of small things to the internet of larger things. The Thread Group and OCF are working towards providing a comprehensive product experience and a functional connected home framework that is convenient to use from setup and configuration to application-to-application interactions.

Mike Richmond, executive director, OCF, said: “We work every day to unlock the opportunity of IoT that interoperability will enable. But this collaboration with Thread is special. With Thread, we are able to provide both of our members with a joint solution that enables companies to more easily develop solutions for the connected home.”

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