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Thread is an IPv6-based, low-power mesh networking technology for Internet of things (IoT) products that are future-proof and secure. Thread has been designed for consumer devices and applications in and around the home. Thread has been designed to set up easy and secure connections between hundreds of devices and directly to the cloud using real Internet Protocols in a low-power network including direct Internet and cloud access for every device.

Thread is built upon proven wireless standards including IEEE 802.15.4 and 6LoWPAN. IEEE 802.15.4 is a standard that was developed to provide a framework and the lower layers in the OSI model for low-cost, low-power wireless connectivity networks. 6LoWPAN provides a means of carrying packet data in the form of IPv6 over IEEE 802.15.4 and other networks. It provides end-to-end IPv6 and as such, it is able to provide direct connectivity to a huge variety of networks including direct connectivity to the Internet.

Thread solves the complexities of the IoT, addressing challenges such as interoperability, range, security, energy, and reliability. As an IP-based open standard, Thread allows home automation devices such as lighting, thermostats, door locks, sensors, and smart speakers to securely, reliably, and simply integrate into the smart home and connect directly to the cloud. Smart lock works with HomeKit and home keys and schedules access codes, monitors lock activity, and hands-free voice control.Thread is also used in the stateless controller for lighting and home automation scenes. Thread can also activate the irrigation system via phone or the onboard button, and set up schedules quickly and easily. Thread can use to know the status of a door or window, send notifications, and automatically control other HomeKit-enabled accessories throughout the home. Thread can control lights and appliances and tell how much power they’re using, and effortlessly set up schedules that put appliances on autopilot. Thread control lighting with devices or automation, all without replacing a single bulb in the home. Thread can monitor indoor air quality. Thread control room temperature with ease using the app, Siri, schedules, the integrated touch controls, and synchronise heating. Thread can be used to track outdoor temperature, humidity, and barometric pressure over time, and display the weather trend on phone or directly on the display. gives you easy and economical access to your data by forming a long-range wireless mesh network that removes the need for hardwired cables, with features such as data logging, real-time control, and OTA updates, it gives the reliability to build more efficient energy management, smart building, and industrial solutions.