„Google Inc's Nest Labs on Tuesday unveiled an industry group to encourage makers of "smart" home gadgets like locks and lightbulbs to use Thread, a new standard for devices to communicate on a network.
The attempt by Nest, a smart thermostat maker that Google bought in January for $3.2 billion, to lead the way on how household devices will speak to each other in the future underscores the importance placed by Google on cars, homes and other areas.
It follows similar initiatives by Qualcomm Inc, Intel Corp and other technology companies.
The new Thread Group includes Samsung Electronics Co and chip companies ARM Holdings Plc, Freescale Semiconductor Ltd and Silicon Labs. Big Ass Fans and lock maker Yale are also members of the group, which will certify Thread-compatible products.”