SAN JOSE, Calif. — Even before its $3.2 billion acquisition by Google, Nest Labs was quietly building into all its products a low-power mesh networking protocol. Now it hopes to make it an industry standard, called Thread, for home automation devices.
A handful of chip and system makers, including ARM, Freescale, Silicon Labs, and Samsung, have joined the ad hoc Thread Group led by Nest. It aims to release the royalty-free protocol this year to anyone who joins the group.
Thread is one of a growing number of efforts to unify or supply some missing piece for the highly fragmented Internet of Things sector. In an interview with EE Times, Chris Boross, a technical marketing manager with Nest and president of the Thread Group, explained why current protocols for consumer home automation products don't meet its requirements.
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— Rick Merritt is the Silicon Valley Bureau Chief of EE Times.
"I second Susan. Encryption is indeed needed if we have a vague understanding of what we?re dealing with. Data encryption procedures have come a long way but we must not forget that the counter attack is also very powerful. Moreover, there will be many levels of encryption for an IOT network, and there would be powerful encryptions in device levels, that deal with data going out of coming in."
Anandvy, yes both are interrelated and tightly coupled. I mean both are complimenting each other.
@Jacob: I second Susan. Encryption is indeed needed if we have a vague understanding of what we?re dealing with. Data encryption procedures have come a long way but we must not forget that the counter attack is also very powerful. Moreover, there will be many levels of encryption for an IOT network, and there would be powerful encryptions in device levels, that deal with data going out of coming in.
@wale: Cyber security is as important as device security against hacks. The data can easily be manipulated on open neural networks and clouds. What we must not forget is that these devices are connected, and can be taken control of if there?s no good device security system available.
"That is a fair and balanced statement to make. Cyber security is such a fast changing and constantly evolving field that one really has no clue where one will be a few days from now. That does'nt mean one should stop trying to put in place adequate security features does it? Even here in the IoT space one needs to apply the same logic and thinking as well. We may not get to 100% security but atleast it would better than nothing. Won't it?"
Asish, security is an ever green filed for both developers and hackers; irrespective of domain space. Both are playing well like a rat and cat play
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