The Nest-led Thread Group has begun certification testing of more than 30 products and components submitted so far by Thread Group members. Weave is not part of the Thread Group certification process Thread Group testing will validate device behavior for commissioning, networking functionality, security and operation in a Thread network, the group said. Certified products will be able to wear a Built on Thread or Thread-certified component logo.
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The Linux-dominated home automation business is still a fragmented free-for-all, but its also beginning to consolidate, with far fewer startups in 2015 compared to recent years.This month we saw several major product announcements from established players related to Linux. First, Googles Nest Labs announced the first device partners for its Weave home automation protocol using the Thread networking standard. Now Samsung, which began shipping its first Linux-based SmartThings hub last month, released a $249 sensor kit built around the hub. Meanwhile, in the larger Internet of Things world that includes industrial, as well as home automation, the Linux Foundations AllSeen Alliance announced a new certification program and security stack. In addition, Amazon unveiled an AWS IoT cloud platform available with starter kits based on Linux hacker boards (see below).
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Nest, the Google-owned company that builds products for the connected home, has turned appliances even as mundane as thermostats and smoke alarms into beloved, sought-after Christmas gifts. Could it help do the same for other staples of the home: light bulbs and door locks, air conditioners and coffee makers, ovens and refrigerators? As Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, and other tech giants race to own the home of the future, the winners will likely be the companies that manage to get others building for their ecosystems, much in the same way that third-party app makers helped iOS and Android mobile devices soar in popularity.
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