The Thread Group joins with CABA on IoT interoperability for connected homes, intelligent buildings

The Thread Group, an industry alliance focused on making Thread the foundation for the internet of things, entered on Wednesday into a reciprocal agreement with the Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA), a global not-for-profit industry organization dedicated to the advancement of connected home and intelligent building technologies, to collaborate and share information.

CABA’s charter promotes open standards for connectivity in homes and buildings, which dovetails with the Thread Group’s goal to enable IoT interoperability. The leadership of both groups agreed that increased collaboration would further their mutual objectives and enable both organizations to deliver increased value to their memberships.

CABA is supported by an international membership of over 330 organizations involved in the design, manufacture, installation and retailing of products relating to home automation and building automation. Public organizations, including utilities and government are also members. CABA’s mandate includes providing its members with networking and market research opportunities. CABA also encourages the development of industry standards and protocols, and leads cross-industry initiatives.

The non-profit Thread Group is focused on making Thread the foundation for the internet of things in the home and beyond by educating product developers, builders and consumers on the unique features and benefits of Thread and ensuring a positive experience through rigorous, meaningful product certification. Thread is backed by companies including ARM, Big Ass Solutions, Johnson Controls, Nest Labs, NXP Semiconductors, OSRAM, Qualcomm, Schneider Electric, Silicon Labs, Somfy, and Yale Security. Since opening its membership in October 2014, companies from around the world and across all aspects of the expansive and connected technology sector have joined the Thread Group to create the very best way to connect and control devices.

This agreement focuses on sharing information and working together on issues that matter to both organizations. Specifically, CABA and the Thread Group can now establish forums and exchange information on connected home and intelligent building issues and plans, and share information on key topics affecting the development and implementation of home and building automation.

“CABA and the Thread Group are both committed to enhancing interoperability within connected homes and buildings, and we believe that this liaison agreement will enable both organizations to help propel this shared vision forward,” said Grant Erickson, president of the Thread Group. “We’re excited to collaborate with CABA and their membership, and look forward to unlocking new opportunities together.”

“CABA is extremely pleased to enter into this agreement which strengthens its relationship with the Thread Group,” stated Ronald J. Zimmer, CABA president & CEO. “One of the most crucial functions of CABA is to educate industry stakeholders and consumers about the advantages of interoperability in connected homes and intelligent buildings. We believe this new agreement will advance this goal.”

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