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Thread Group and DALI Alliance cooperate on DALI+ with Thread

Thread will give commercial buildings their first path to interoperable, reliable and more secure wireless IoT networks between smart lighting solutions. 

May 20, 2021

The DALI Alliance and the Thread Group, an industry alliance addressing IoT convergence, and challenges around security, energy footprint, and architecture at the network layer, today announced that the DALI Alliance has adopted Thread as the first network technology that will be available with DALI+.

>> Download the full press release

DALI+ brings DALI lighting-control commands to wireless and Internet Protocol (IP)-based systems. DALI+ with Thread will be the first network transport to deliver DALI over wireless, IP-based networks.

The collaboration will deliver benefits including (but not limited to) the following:

  • Co-existence in infrastructure through the sharing of network resources with other domains and application types
  • Interoperability that will enable the connection of existing DALI-2 certified devices with DALI+ with Thread devices using a DALI+ bridge
  • Reliability due to Thread’s self-healing mesh network, which can scale and becomes more resilient the larger it gets, even in high-demand environments

“Smart technologies in the commercial space are transforming buildings into automated structures responsive to the needs of their inhabitants,” said Sujata Neidig, vice president of marketing, Thread Group. “Our work with partners like the DALI Alliance gives the commercial building community confidence that their IoT choices will deliver the enhanced capabilities and performance they need.”

The DALI Alliance is now developing tests for the ‘DALI+ with Thread’ certification program, with certified products and solutions expected to be available shortly thereafter.

Background information:
>> May 2021 press release: DALI+ delivers DALI lighting control with wireless and IP-based networking
>> April 2020 press release: Thread Group and DiiA collaborate to shape the future of IoT lighting for commercial buildings


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