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Google-owned Nest adds Weave support for IOT connectivity

Nest developed its own IoT protocol years ago to get devices working together. Now, it's opening that up with Weave, which is related to, but slightly different than, Google Weave.

It will soon be easier for developers and product makers to build something that "Works with Nest." The company known most for its well-designed connected thermostat is opening up its own protocol next year, called Nest Weave.

Nest announced the new Weave standard on Thursday in a blog post, describing how it works.

"Nest Weave lets devices talk directly to each other and to Nest. And because it's reliable, compact and secure, it works great for all kinds of products - like a lightbulb that needs to turn on and off without any lag time, or a door lock that runs on battery power, or a security system that needs to work even if Wi-Fi goes down."

That all sounds great but it also adds a little confusion. This isn't the same Weave platform that Nest's owner, Google, announced earlier this year with the same name as part of Project Brillo.

Instead, this is the protocol that Nest says it has been using for the past five years; only now is it fully opening it up.

Speaking to VentureBeat, Nest says this is its own proprietary protocol, although it did work with Google on that company's version of Weave.

Google has already said that its version of Weave will be compatible with Nest. Clearly the two Weaves are related, yet different, which could provide challenges down the line.

Regardless, that isn't stopping hardware makers from using Nest Weave.

Yale will be among the first to do so with the 2016 debut of Linus, a connected lock.

Linus can monitor when a door is open or closed, see who used the door and it supports custom passcodes for entry. All of this can be seen through the Nest app, which is beginning to look like a single stop for all Works with Nest products.