New membership options from Thread Group
Thread Group has announced a reworking of its membership tiers and benefits to take heed of the demand for a secure, interoperable networking layer to connect Internet of Things (IoT) devices across platforms and ecosystems.
To make it less difficult for companies to explore the probability of integrating their technologies into the growing range of Thread-enabled products, the group added an Implementer Tier to its membership options.
The Implementer Tier will appeal to module and turnkey solution providers that purchase Thread certified components, as well as companies wanting to take on and ship Thread-enabled technology. Implementer-level member benefits include: access to Thread’s intellectual property rights (IPR) — typically without royalty payment, the ability to certify compliant components and products and use the group’s certification logo and the ability to purchase the Thread test bed, with the option to purchase the Thread test harness.
For companies that desire access to both current and draft Thread specifications, and want to stay up-to-date on the Group’s initiatives, the affiliate membership fee will be reduced to $750 per year for new and renewing members. Implementer-level members enjoy the affiliate benefits, and also the points above for $5,000 per year.
“Companies across silicon, platforms and ecosystems build on Thread because it’s widely available, and solves the networking challenges wireless IoT components and devices currently face. Our new tiers make it easier for product developers who choose Thread to improve interoperability and infrastructure utilisation in low power wireless to bring products and solutions to market more quickly and more cost-effectively,” says Thread president Grant Erickson.
“Thread’s foundation of IP, end-to-end security measures, and reliable mesh architecture is a great fit for our commercial building efforts” says Siemens global standardisation manager Klaus Waechter. “With our deep expertise in this space, being able to contribute use cases to help shape future versions of the Thread specification is invaluable because it enables us to strategically expand the breadth of our portfolio’s offerings.”