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Qualcomm joins Thread as IoT dance heats up

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A networking protocol that could be whizzing around your home’s airspace in a few years came one step closer to reality on Tuesday.

The Thread Group released its Internet of Things network specification to a membership of more than 160 companies that have rallied around the Google-backed organization since its founding about a year ago. And in a development that could lead even more vendors to adopt Thread, it announced that wireless technology powerhouse Qualcomm is now a member and on its board of directors.

With an array of different standards competing to be the main language for connected home devices, Thread is one protocol that could become a common denominator. It’s designed as a way to form secure, low-power mesh networks out of short-range links among devices like thermostats, lightbulbs and security cameras.

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