Thread Group and DiiA Join Hands To Accelerate IoT Adoption In Commercial Buildings

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  • They will collaborate to implement the Digital Addressable Lighting Interface (DALI) lighting-control application on top of Thread’s wireless mesh network
  • DiiA intends to make an IP-based version of its DALI application layer available

The Thread Group, an alliance addressing convergence, security, power, and architecture challenges at the network layer and the DiiA, the global Digital Addressable Lighting Interface (DALI) alliance of companies from the lighting and sensor industries have entered a liaison agreement that aims to accelerate IoT adoption in commercial buildings. They will collaborate to implement the DALI lighting-control application on top of Thread’s low-power, secure, and self-healing wireless mesh network. It aims to offer a certification program to ensure interoperability and enable IoT developers to bring their lighting and sensor products to market more quickly.

Sujata Neidig, vice president of marketing, Thread Group said, “When fully realized, IoT technology will bring unprecedented efficiency, cost-savings, and functionality to commercial buildings. This liaison agreement furthers Thread’s commitment to the convergence of IoT with IP as the foundation and the expansion of smart solutions both in the home and where we work.”

Low-power wireless mesh networking protocol

Thread is a low-power wireless mesh networking protocol, based on the universally supported Internet Protocol (IP). It is built using open and proven standards that accelerate IoT adoption.

Paul Drosihn, DiiA general manager said, “Running the DALI application layer on top of Thread’s wireless network solution will become a core offering for DiiA and will accelerate the integration of these technologies into the commercial. We are excited that Thread is the first IP-based carrier for which DiiA plans to offer certification.”

Credential delivery, service discovery, and network management

DiiA identified that Thread can serve as a wireless network transport for its DALI application-layer protocol. Similarly, Thread identified DALI as a suitable application layer for Thread in lighting and general commercial building applications including sensor networks. They will work with each other to implement protocols for commissioning and operating devices in lighting and building networks. This will include credential delivery, service discovery, and network management.

DiiA intends to make an IP-based version of its DALI application layer available. The fundamental specifications are published as Part 104 of the IEC 62386 standard. It specifies the use of Internet Protocol (IP) and User Datagram Protocol (UDP) for IEC 62386 application-layer transport. DiiA plans to add further crucial details to this published standard to enable interoperability and certification for developers.

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