Part two of a two-part series on how Dotdot + Thread are delivering on the promise of the IoT.
Part one: Bringing the Internet’s foundational technologies to the Internet of Things (click here).
Part two: How Dotdot + Thread breaks down the walled garden and drives value for manufacturers, platforms, and every IoT stakeholder (will be issued on Nov 8th).
By Daniel Moneta, EVP Corporate Development, MMB Networks | Marketing Workgroup Chair, Zigbee Alliance | Marketing Workgroup Contributor, Thread Group
How Dotdot + Thread Enables Innovation And Scale
My home is set up in a way that’s probably familiar to many of you. I’ve got about 20 smart home devices. Some joined to third-party IoT hubs. Some connected to their own bridges and apps. All connected up into each vendor’s cloud service, each with its own proprietary API. These are then linked to some other cloud service used by a controller like an Amazon Echo, Google Home, or smart home app.
Just thinking about the engineering calories spent developing all those APIs and then gluing them together just to make a light turn on and off makes me cringe a little.
Delivering On The Promise Of The IoT
The promise of the IoT was a win for all stakeholders. Product companies would now have closer relationships with customers than ever before, replete with invaluable data about their product use and maintenance, platforms for services they could monetize, and more. Users would have a home or business full of smart devices that they could combine and use in limitless combinations. And there would be a healthy ecosystem of innovative platforms and “killer applications” to connect all these devices in new, exciting, value-creating ways.
This vision hasn’t really been achieved yet, and getting to any of these outcomes has required significant effort and compromises.
The Open IoT Is For Commercial, Too
I've been talking a lot about the consumer space, but commercial is also important. Dotdot + Thread enables scalable flexibility in the commercial space as well. Devices that all speak the same language and are on the same network make it easier to manage, especially for smaller facilities.