Qualcomm, the telecommunications semiconductor company that manufactures chips, antennas and much more, has announced its sponsorship of Thread. Thread is essentially a standard for the Internet of Things; a collaboration between major technology companies so that as things become more and more interconnected, everything from everyone will have the capability to communicate, not just products from certain manufacturers.
It’s hard to get devices to talk to one another. And once they do, the connection is often spotty and power hungry. Thread changes all that. It’s a mesh network designed to securely and reliably connect hundreds of products around the home – without blowing through battery life.
While there are other companies competing to be recognized as the standard for interconnectedness, it would seem that Thread has some advantages. Sponsored by ARM, Nest, Samsung, Qualcomm, and others as well as being affiliated with or contributed to by over 100 well known companies such as LG, Microsoft, P&G, and Energizer, Thread shows promise as being a recognized specification in products of the future.
The Thread Group is also announcing Tuesday that it has finalized the initial version of its specification, meaning the first Thread-certified products could show up by the end of the year, although expect January’s CES to be a bigger time for hearing about Thread-bearing devices.
Part of what makes thread so attractive to companies like Qualcomm is its security. One of today’s large concerns is the safety of our information on the Internet and the more things we have that are connected, the higher the risk of a data falling into the wrong hands. Using AES encryption, an almost 20 year old encryption technology, Thread boasts its security. AES is an encryption specification used by many including the US Government, and is NSA approved.
With more and more major companies, not just tech companies mind you, supporting Thread, do you expect to see Thread become the trusted standard for Internet of Things devices? Let us know in the comments or on social media!