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Adoption of Internet of Things (IoT) devices from wearables to connected home automation systems is growing. Manufacturers have to innovate and respond quickly to gain market advantage. When designing new IoT devices, manufacturers need to ensure their product can communicate with other IoT devices seamlessly. A key consideration for manufacturers to adopt Thread as the IoT protocol is that this technology is low power and can connect up to 250 IoT devices in a secure network.

Why is Thread Protocol Certification Important?

Thread is an IPv6-based low-power wireless mesh protocol that allows connectivity from edge devices to the cloud and each other. This protocol is designed for smart home applications such appliances, access control, climate control, energy management, lighting, safety, and security.

The Thread Group launched the certification for the Thread Protocol in 2017 to provide rigorous testing for IoT devices using Thread to ensure that they work together effortlessly and securely right out of the box. Among other benefits, certified products will help boost members’ confidence in specification conformance and customer confidence in interoperability.

UL has been a member of the Thread Group since 2015. To date, UL is the first and only Thread-approved testing laboratory to deliver product testing and certification.

Why UL?

UL is committed to the continued development and widespread deployment of technologies in support of the IoT ecosystem. UL senior technical experts serve in key leadership positions in many of the current standards development efforts, including the OCF, the Thread Group, NFC Forum, WBA, and the Air Fuel Alliance. UL has extensive experience in IoT technologies, and can conduct testing at locations throughout North America, Europe and Asia.