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Google's Nest Wants to Connect Your Home, Will Launch Network Technology

Digital technology has paved the way for us to lead connected lives. Electronic manufacturers have developed wearab...

Google's Nest Wants to Connect Your Home, Will Launch Network Technology

Digital technology has paved the way for us to lead connected lives. Electronic manufacturers have developed wearables that sync with our phones and TVs. Such technology has even brought us home automation equipment that can connect our houses and appliances so that they can work together efficiently. The latest company to join this club is the Google-owned Nest Labs.

 

Nest has announced that it will create a network protocol, called Thread, that would allow gadgets and devices in your home to communicate with one another. Nest will enable this networking protocol in partnership with electronics manufacturer Samsung, digital architect Arm Holdings, lock maker Yale Security, industrial ceiling fan manufacturer Big Ass Fans, and chip makers Freescale Semiconductor and Silicon Labs.

 

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Thread will be up against a few technologies that have already made their way into the market, like ZigBee and Z-Wave, but Nest has gathered quite a team. Its executive, Chris Boross, says that some of Nest's products, such as the smart thermometers and smoke alarms, already use a version of Thread. And, since certain protocols lack interconnectivity and Internet communications between devices, they require a lot of power. Boross says they had to come up with a new protocol.

 

But how will it work? Nest's executive claims that homes need a “mesh” network, that would provide direct communication across locks, door knockers, thermostats, lights, security systems, etc. Threads will use the standard wireless programme IEEE 802.15.4 and the Internet protocol, Version 6 - IPv6, and it is said to run on silicon radio chips. Since all connecting devices are battery-powered, Thread will require little extra power.

 

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A new industry group has also been announced, the Thread Group, that would make sure tech companies implement the protocol in their products. Boross says companies will be able apply for membership towards the end of the year.

 

Households using the ZigBee protocol can switch to Thread with a software update, as its certification programme begins next year. “Around that time I imagine that Thread-compliant products will start hitting the market, but people can start building Thread today,” says Boross.

 

Say a big hello to the Internet of Things. It is here, and it is here to stay!

 

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