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Thread and Zigbee get closer – surely merger will happen in 2018?

This week, Thread and ZigBee have announced that the two low-power mesh networking IoT alliances have successfully carried out another test that shows how nicely the two protocols play together – so why haven’t they merged yet? We’ve already seen a momentous IoT standards consolidation in the merger between the AllSeen Alliance and Open Computing Foundating (OCF). The latest joint announcements from the two bodies declare that members from both camps have carried out demonstrations of devices running ZigBee’s Universal Language (also known as the Cluster Library, which runs on top of the ZigBee Pro networking stack), and that the two organizations are on track to release a coordinated set of end-to-end product development solutions in 2017 for ZigBee-certified devices…

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