WHY WE MADE THREAD

Thread was designed with one goal in mind: To create the very best way to connect and control products in the home.

It’s hard to get multiple devices to talk to one another. And until now, no one has been able to do it well.

Most of today’s technologies rely on a single device to communicate with products around the home. So if that device fails, the whole network goes down. Today’s technologies can also be difficult and confusing to set up. And since many devices around the home need to stay connected 24/7, they end up draining battery life quickly.

That’s why we designed Thread. We wanted to build a technology that uses and combines the best of what’s out there and create a networking protocol that can help the Internet of Things realize its potential for years to come.

We designed Thread to have these important features:

  • Simple for consumers to use
  • Always secure
  • Power-efficient
  • An open protocol that carries IPv6 natively
  • Based on a robust mesh network with no single point of failure
  • Runs over standard 802.15.4 radios
  • Designed to support a wide variety of products for the home: appliances, access control, climate control, energy management, lighting, safety, and security
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BOARD & OFFICERS

President

Grant Erickson

Principal Software Engineer, Nest Labs

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Grant Erickson

Principal Software Engineer, Nest Labs

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Grant Erickson is a principal engineer at Nest, where he oversees the technical development of software designed to support Bluetooth Low Energy, Thread, WiFi, and Nest Weave.

In his role, he was also an early contributor to the formation of the Thread Group and Thread networking protocol. He is currently a member of the Thread Group Board of Directors.

Vice President of Technology

Skip Ashton

Vice President, Software Silicon Labs

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Skip Ashton

Vice President, Software Silicon Labs

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Skip is the Vice President of Software at Silicon Labs. He is responsible for managing the company's software and quality assurance teams, focusing on 8-bit and 32-bit MCU driver software and libraries, Ember ZigBee software and software for short-range sub-GHz wireless IC products.

Previously, Skip was the Vice President of Engineering and Technology at Ember before its acquisition by Silicon Labs in 2012. Prior to Silicon Labs and Ember, Skip held a variety of program management and engineering management roles focusing on high-quality product development.

Skip has been involved with ZigBee technology since 2004 and is a member of the ZigBee Board of Directors, the Chair of the ZigBee Technical Committee, and the Chair of the ZigBee Test and Certification Committee. Skip is on the Board of Directors of the Connected Lighting Alliance.

Previously he was a member of the Smart Grid Architecture Committee with NIST for development of Smart Grid standards. Skip has been heavily involved in the development of the ZigBee PRO stack, ZigBee Home Automation profile, and the ZigBee Smart Energy 1.0 and 2.0 profiles. Skip graduated with a mechanical engineering degree from Georgia Institute of Technology and spent five years in the US Navy Nuclear Program

Vice President of Marketing

Sujata Neidig

Business Development Manager, NXP

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Sujata Neidig

Business Development Manager, NXP

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Sujata Neidig has over 20 years of experience in the semiconductor industry and has served in a variety of roles ranging from product engineering to marketing and business development.

She is currently a Business Development Manager responsible for driving NXP's processors and connectivity leadership and growth in the consumer market. Prior to this role, Sujata worked in business development and product marketing for NXP's i.MX applications processors. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

Secretary

Bill Curtis

Lead Strategist for the Internet of Things, ARM

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Bill Curtis

Lead Strategist for the Internet of Things, ARM

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Bill Curtis is Lead Strategist for the Internet of Things at ARM. Prior to this role, Bill was Senior Fellow and Design Engineer at AMD, CTO of Dell’s Consumer and Displays groups, and Director of Computer Sciences for Landmark Graphics / Halliburton.

Bill is a systems architect with experience ranging from tiny embedded devices to high-performance computing environments. He is currently focused on integrating those two worlds.

Treasurer

Kevin Kraus

Director Product Management of Residential EAC, Yale Residential

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Treasurer

Kevin Kraus

Director Product Management of Residential EAC, Yale Residential

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Kevin Kraus is Director of Product Management of Residential Electronic Access Control Technologies for Yale Residential Lock and is responsible for product strategy and development for Residential Electronic Access Control products.

Prior to joining ASSA ABLOY/Yale in 2009; Kevin spent 18 years in different product management roles in both the residential security and residential lock businesses. Kevin has majors in both Electrical Engineering and Business Administration.

Director

Ben Flannery

Software Architect, Big Ass Solutions

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Ben Flannery

Software Architect, Big Ass Solutions

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Ben Flannery oversees a team devoted to developing Big Ass Solution's latest innovations. Ben's day-to-day work includes collaborating with the company's engineering team on its mobile apps, as well as wireless lighting and fan products including the Haiku® smart ceiling fan.

Since joining Big Ass Solutions, Ben has been developing a wireless platform utilizing Bluetooth, Thread and Zigbee for the company's commercial and industrial products. He is actively working with other companies in the Thread Group to develop commercial and industrial features for Thread.

Director

Cam Williams

Lead Architect of IoT Connectivity, Schneider Electric

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Cam Williams

Lead Architect of IoT Connectivity, Schneider Electric

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Cam works with a global corporate team in Schneider Electric that participates in low power wireless control standard organizations, evaluates current wireless technology, and develops reusable software, interfaces, training & tools for project teams in the company.

Previously Cam worked in the commercial buildings business for Andover Controls and then Schneider Electric, where he developed wireless building solutions and standardized BACnet over zigbee.

Cam is also on the zigbee alliance board of directors where he the chair of the Strategy Committee, Testing & Certification Committee and Foundation Working Group, which oversees the zigbee application layer.

Cam was chair of the zigbee alliance Green Power Task Group to promote and develop an ultra-low power energy harvesting protocol. Cam was also the strategic evangelist, champion, and chair of the working group that merged separate zigbee profiles into one zigbee offering.

Director

Jean-Michel Orsat

CTO, Somfy

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Jean-Michel Orsat

CTO, Somfy

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Jean-Michel Orsat has over 25 years of experience in the home automation industry, within industry alliances and EU regulation bodies.

He is responsible for managing a software team, focusing on driver software and libraries for wireless protocols such as io-homecontrol, and other open standard solutions for the Somfy Group. He is also CTO at Somfy within the Data,Systems and Connectivity Solutions Division, overseeing technology partnerships and wireless networking technologies.

Director

Greg Hill

Fellow & Director of Intrusion Architecture, Johnson Controls (Formerly Tyco)

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Greg Hill

Fellow & Director of Intrusion Architecture, Johnson Controls (Formerly Tyco)

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Greg Hill is the Director of Architecture for the Intrusion Security Products group within Johnson Controls, responsible for technology and architecture leadership for new product development. He has over 24yrs of experience designing and architecting solutions within the Intrusion Security Industry, holding a variety of leadership roles within Engineering throughout his career. In 2015 Greg was named as a Corporate Fellow, recognizing his significance technical contributions within the business.

Currently, Greg is focused on delivering innovative new product solutions for the business, working with an advanced R&D team bringing leading edge technologies to the market.

Director

Rolf de Vegt

Senior Director, Qualcomm

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Rolf de Vegt

Senior Director, Qualcomm

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Rolf de Vegt has been an active participant in the wireless connectivity industry since 2001. His areas of expertise include strategic marketing, market development, standards strategy and international business development.

After earning a Masters Degree from Twente University in the Netherlands, Mr. de Vegt entered a career in management consulting in the High Tech and Telecommunications industry.

In 2001, he Co-Founded Airgo Networks Inc. a start-up company based in Palo Alto CA; the first company to successfully commercialize MIMO technology for the WLAN market. Airgo was acquired by Qualcomm, in December 2006. He is currently a Senior Director in Qualcomm’s connectivity semiconductor business and he also serves on the Wi-Fi Alliance Board of Directors.

Director

Arnulf Rupp

Senior Director of Business Development and Standardization, Digital Systems Business Unit, OSRAM

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Arnulf Rupp

Senior Director of Business Development and Standardization, Digital Systems Business Unit, OSRAM

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Arnulf Rupp was born in Munich, Germany, in 1970. He received a diploma degree in physics from the Technical University of Munich, Germany, in 1997 and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Augsburg, Germany, in 2006.

He has worked for the company OSRAM since 1997 and is currently Senior Director of Business Development and Standardization for the Business Unit Digital Systems. Prior to this position Arnulf Rupp worked as a Senior Director of product development for LED Light Engines. His work experience includes R&D management, strategy consultancy, strategic marketing, automotive product development and power electronics.

As part of his work assignment Arnulf Rupp represents OSRAM in the board of directors and workgroups of multiple organizations including the Thread Group, the Digital Illumination Interface Alliance and the Module Driver Interface Special Interest Group.


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  • .BUILD
  • 3sv BVBA
  • 7Layers
  • ACE Solution Co., Ltd.
  • Allion Labs, Inc.
  • Altiux Innovations
  • Amatis Controls
  • Analog Devices Inc
  • Andes Technology Corporation
  • Andium
  • ARM, Inc.
  • Arrayent
  • ARRIS
  • ATLANTIC Group
  • AVIDSEN
  • Ayla Networks
  • Becker-Antriebe GmbH
  • Behold Control Equipment Inc.
  • Belimo Automation AG
  • Bestechnic, Ltd
  • Busch-Jaeger Elektro GmbH
  • C2 Development, Inc
  • Cable Television Laboratories, Inc.
  • California Eastern Laboratories, Inc.
  • Card Access Engineering, LLC
  • Cascoda Limited
  • Centero LLC
  • CentraLite Systems, Inc
  • Computime Ltd.
  • Cree, Inc.
  • Crestron Electronics, Inc.
  • Cypress Semiconductor Corp.
  • D-Link
  • Danfoss A/S
  • Datek Wireless AS
  • Decawave
  • Dekra Certification
  • Dell Inc.
  • Delphian Systems
  • DELTA DORE SA
  • Deutsche Telekom
  • Dialog Semiconductor
  • Digi International, Inc.
  • E.ON UK PLC
  • Eaton
  • eero, inc
  • ELAN Microelectronic Corp.
  • ElectroTest Sweden AB
  • Energizer® Holdings, Inc.
  • Energy@home
  • Enlighted Inc
  • Enphase Energy
  • Express Logic
  • Flextronics
  • FREEBOX SAS
  • Friday Labs Limited
  • Frontrow Calypso LLC
  • Future Technology Devices International Limited
  • GE Lighting
  • Gewiss spa
  • grandcentrix GmbH
  • Granite River Labs
  • Green Electronics LLC
  • Greenwave Systems
  • Groupe BRANDT
  • Grundfos Holding A/S
  • Haiku Home
  • Harman International
  • HP Inc.
  • Huawei
  • Hubble Connected Ltd
  • Identiv
  • Imagination Technologies
  • Info24
  • INTEGRATED DEVICE TECHNOLOGY, INC.
  • Intel Corp
  • Intellihot Green Technologies Inc.
  • Intrepid Pursuits
  • ISOCKET
  • Ivani, LLC
  • Jasco Products LLC®
  • Kinestral Technologies Inc.
  • Kirale Technologies, S.L.
  • Kwikset Corporation
  • Lab126
  • Landis+Gyr
  • Lartech Telecom
  • Leadtek Research Inc.
  • LEEDARSON LIGHTING CO.,LTD.
  • Legrand
  • LG Electronics
  • LIFX
  • Linx Technologies
  • LiteON  Technology Corp.
  • LM Technologies Ltd
  • Logitech
  • Lutron Electronics, Co.
  • Microsoft
  • Midea Group Co., Ltd.
  • Mindtree Limited
  • MMB Networks
  • momit
  • Murata Manufacturing Co.,Ltd.
  • Neonlite International Ltd
  • Nest Labs
  • nobilé AG
  • Nordic Semiconductor ASA
  • Nortek Security and Control
  • NXP Semiconductors
  • ON Semiconductor
  • On-Bright
  • OSRAM GmbH
  • OVERKIZ
  • Owlet GmbH
  • Perytons Ltd.
  • Philips Lighting B.V.
  • Phytec Messtechnik GmbH
  • POWERTECH Industrial Co., Ltd
  • Primax Electronics Ltd.
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Qorvo Utrecht B.V.
  • Qualcomm Inc.
  • RadioPulse
  • Rapport Network CIC
  • Renesas Electronics America Inc.
  • Research Products Company
  • Resolution Products, Inc.
  • Rigado
  • Robert Bosch GmbH
  • Rohm Semiconductor
  • Runtime
  • SALTO SYSTEMS S.L.
  • Samsung Semiconductor, Inc.
  • Schneider Electric
  • Sercomm Corporation
  • SGS
  • Siemens
  • Silicon Laboratories, Inc.
  • Siterwell Electronics Co.,LTD
  • SmartThings, Inc.
  • SMK Corporation
  • Somfy
  • Steelcase
  • STMicroelectronics International N.V.
  • Synapse Wireless, Inc
  • Synopsys, Inc.
  • tado
  • Tatung Co.
  • TDK Corporation
  • TechNexion
  • Technical Consumer Products
  • Telink Semiconductor (Hongkong) Co., Limited
  • TESSCO Incorporated
  • Texas Instruments Inc.
  • The Toro Company
  • Thunder Software Technology Co.,Ltd.
  • Tieto Support Services Finland Oy
  • Tismo
  • Tri plus grupa d.o.o.
  • TTA
  • TUV Rheinland
  • TÜV SÜD Certification and Testing (China) Co.
  • Tyco
  • UBIANT
  • Ubilogix International, Inc.
  • UL LLC
  • Uniband Electronic Corp.
  • unidata spa
  • VELUX A/S
  • Verisure Innovation AB
  • VERIZON
  • VESTEL
  • Viessmann Hausautomation GmbH
  • Vision-Elec. Technology Co., Ltd.
  • VVDN Technologies Pvt Ltd
  • Whirlpool
  • XAL GmbH
  • Xively by LogMeIn
  • Yale
  • yunding network technology(beijing) Co,. Ltd.
  • ZONEFIRST®
  • Zumtobel Group AG

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What is Thread and what does it do?

What kind of devices will use Thread?

Will devices that use Thread work with other wireless solutions such as Zigbee, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and Z-Wave?

Is Thread available now?

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What aspects of the wireless network does Thread cover and not cover?

What does Thread do differently in regards to security and commissioning?

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Open Thread

What is OpenThread?

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