Embedded security technology provider Sansa Security Inc.—formerly known as Discretix Technologies Ltd.—announced it joined the Thread Group, a consortium formed around the Thread low-power, wireless mesh networking protocol for the Internet of Things.
As a member of the consortium, Sansa Security gains access to the Thread specifications, which are built on open standards and IPv6 technology with 6LoWPAN at its foundation. The company expects to begin certifying its products Thread-compliant in the second half of next year.
The Thread Group was founded in July by a group of companies including Google's Nest Labs, Samsung Electronics, Freescale Semiconductor, Silicon Labs, and ARM. The Thread Group now claims more than 50 member companies.
The Thread networking protocol is billed as a way to easily connect devices within the home.
"We developed Thread to provide an easy and secure way for product developers and consumers to connect products in the home to each other and directly to the cloud, "said Chris Boross, president of the Thread Group, and technical product manager at Nest Labs, in a statement.
"One of the biggest issues facing IoT device makers today is security, or lack thereof," said Asaf Shen, vice president of product marketing and platform security for Sansa Security, in the same statement. "We are pleased to see the broad level of security Thread Group has implemented into its wireless mesh networking protocol and look forward to incorporating their specifications into the fabric of our security platform."