In December 2019, Amazon, Apple, Google, and a bunch of other well-known companies announced their work on a unified protocol for smarthome IoT devices, which will be based on Google Thread and Apple Homekit.
With the myriad of IoT protocols out there, having at least some standards sounded like music to the industry ears. Interoperability, streamlined development process, unified API...am I dreaming?
Just one month later, one of the pioneers in using GoogleThread at scale, Particle IoT company, decides to discontinue their Mesh product, which utilized 802.15.4 mesh networking.
As Particle.io CEO, Zach Supalla says in a recent company blog post
, the significant issues with the technology were:
1. Manufacturing at scale
2. Deployment at scale
3. Reliability at scale