Thread Group Launches Product Certification

More than 30 Products Submitted for Thread Certification Testing

OSRAM Joins ARM, Big Ass Fans, Freescale Semiconductor, Nest Labs,
Qualcomm, Samsung Electronics, Silicon Labs, Somfy, Tyco and Yale
Security on Thread Group Board of Directors

SAN RAMON, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Following the release of the Thread 1.0 technical specification this
summer, the Thread Group (www.threadgroup.org)
today launched the first phase of its product certification program. Led
by the Thread Group in conjunction with UL, the program provides
rigorous testing for products that use Thread to help ensure that they
work together effortlessly and securely right out of the box. More than
30 products and components from Thread Group members have been submitted
for certification, and Thread certified software stacks from ARM,
Freescale and Silicon Labs will be available this month.

In addition, OSRAM, a leader in the global lighting market, has joined
the Thread Group’s board of directors.

“Having already made the Thread 1.0 technical specification available to
members under Thread’s RAND-RF (royalty-free) licensing terms, today we
are taking another major step in bringing Thread certified products to
market, and ensuring that they are tested for quality, security and
interoperability,” said Chris Boross, president, Thread Group. “This is
great news for our 220 member companies, who are anxious to start using
Thread in their products.”

Thread products will be tested to validate device behavior for
commissioning, networking functionality, security and operation in
Thread’s network, and may bear the “BUILT ON THREAD” or “THREAD
CERTIFIED COMPONENT” logo to help consumers and product developers
identify them on the market. And unlike other industry standards where
implementers charge royalties or produce something proprietary, Thread’s
royalty-free licensing terms are designed to aid rapid adoption and
reduce confusion by creating a royalty-free pledge between members, so
that the entire industry can rapidly adopt thread whilst minimizing
costs.

OSRAM Expands Thread Group’s Presence in Europe

OSRAM has joined Thread’s board of directors from Munich to support its
efforts to establish a solid, secure, and scalable networking foundation
in the connected home. OSRAM is one of the world’s leading lighting
manufacturers, and their portfolio covers the entire value chain from
components to lighting solutions.

“Being a part of the Thread Group will significantly strengthen our
effort to drive innovative and sustainable lighting solutions that can
enhance any environment,” said Timon Rupp, CEO, OSRAM Lightify.

“It provides an unprecedented opportunity for OSRAM to collaborate with
other visionaries and be on the front lines of driving smart solutions
beyond energy savings,” said Geert van der Meer, senior vice president,
digital systems, OSRAM.

Thread Group Announces Q3 Innovation Enabler Program Winners

The Thread Group Innovation Enabler Program gives young companies the
opportunity to play a role in defining the connected home. Winners are
selected quarterly, based on the creative potential of their ideas, and
receive up to 18 months of complimentary Thread Group membership. Thread
has named Centero, a provider of technologies and integration services
for the Internet of Things, and iSOCKET, a developer of smart plugs for
the connected home, as the Q3 winners of the program. Interested
companies can learn more about the program by visiting http://www.threadgroup.org/innovationprogram.

Thread Group at CES

The Thread Group will showcase Thread enabled product demonstrations at
booth #70560 in the Sands Expo, Level Two. In addition, the Thread
Group’s president, Chris Boross, will speak on the “Defining
the Internet of Things” panel
on Thursday, Jan. 7 from 9-10:00 a.m.
in the Las Vegas Convention Center, North Hall N261.

About Thread

Designed for consumers and devices in and around the home, Thread is an
IPv6 networking protocol built on open standards for low-power 802.15.4
mesh networks that can easily and securely connect hundreds of devices
to each other and directly to the cloud. The non-profit Thread Group is
focused on making Thread the foundation for the Internet of Things in
the home, educating product developers and consumers on the unique
features and benefits of Thread and ensuring a great user experience
through rigorous, meaningful product certification. Thread is backed by
industry-leading companies including ARM, Big Ass Fans, Freescale
Semiconductor, Nest Labs, OSRAM, Qualcomm, Samsung Electronics, Silicon
Labs, Somfy, Tyco and Yale Security. Since opening its membership in
October 2014, Thread has quickly grown to more than 220 members. For
more information, please visit http://www.threadgroup.org.

Contacts

for Thread Group
Gabriella Asmus, 415-348-2721