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ZigBee and Thread move closer to merger, haven’t pulled the trigger yet

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 OCF-AllSeen merger, and 2016 has already set a pretty high bar for bonkers news – so two standards group mergers really wouldn’t be so surprising. The latest announcements from the two bodies are joint, and 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…

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