Nest Releases Open Source Version of Thread Networking Protocol
Nest on May 11 released Open Thread, an open-source version of the networking protocol that allows the company's smart thermostat and other home automation products to connect to each other and to the Internet of things.
Nest's goal is to speed up the development of connected home products by eliminating the need for developers to create their own specialized protocols. Nest, an Alphabet-owned subsidiary, relied on a proprietary protocol called Thread to network its products.
The protocol, which is maintained by the Thread Group, is designed to give developers of smart home products an easy way to connect and control their products while making it easy for consumers to set up such devices in their homes.
Developers can sign up to become members of the organization for annual membership fees ranging from $2,500 for a basic membership to $100,000 to become a sponsor with a seat on the board of directors. More than 230 organizations are currently members of the Thread Group.
Nest's goal is to accelerate development of connected home products based on its Thread networking protocol for the Google subsidiaries home automation products.
"As more silicon providers adopt Thread, manufacturers will have the option of using a proven networking technology rather than creating their own," Nest said in a statement announcing the availability of Open Thread. "And consumers will have a growing selection of secure and reliable connected products to choose from."