3 Ways Bluetooth Mesh is Inherently Secure

Security in Bluetooth mesh networking is mandatory because breaches in IoT systems could be catastrophic

Security is a reoccurring concern with new and even existing technologies, especially as we draw closer to the Internet of Things (IoT). Benefits like flexibility, energy efficiency, and interoperability are moot if user and provider data is at risk. While most technologies boast enhanced levels of security, what does that mean in a Bluetooth mesh network? Security is at the heart of the Bluetooth mesh networking design, and its use is mandatory with every packet encrypted and authenticated. In... Continue Reading

Bluetooth Mesh is Disrupting the IoT

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In July 2017, the Bluetooth mesh specification was released, unleashing the incredible potential of many-to-many communications that will enable homes, offices, factories, and cities to move beyond being simply connected to being truly smart. Since its adoption, several articles and performance studies have been released that take a deeper look into the inner workings and inherent benefits of a Bluetooth mesh network. "We expect Bluetooth mesh to become as ubiquitous as all other Bluetooth connectivity... Continue Reading

Bluetooth Mesh Profile Applied to RTLS

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One key advantage of Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) is the long battery life it gives portable devices that are always-on, but still light-weight and miniature in form-factor, such as asset and personnel tags for Real Time Location Services (RTLS). Bluetooth mesh profiles provide the basic infrastructure protocol to support the relay of messages from tags over a network of mesh relay nodes, which are typically line-powered devices. Location of the tags are most commonly determined using received signal... Continue Reading

Interoperability for Smart Lighting Platforms

Interoperability is something we take for granted when it comes to Bluetooth devices – just connect it and forget it. No need to look at a compatibility chart to figure out which Bluetooth enabled speaker will work with which Bluetooth enabled smartphone. Unfortunately, lighting control systems have never been this easy, until now. The Walled Garden In the lighting controls world, the topic of interoperability causes plenty of headaches. Many vendors take a walled garden approach, offering propriety... Continue Reading

Ericsson Presents Large-Scale Building Automation Test Case for Mesh Networking

As featured on IoT Agenda. Mesh networking is key to the success of the Internet of Things (IoT). In comparison to traditional wired counterparts, mesh networks are less expensive to implement, more adaptable and scalable, and offer greater reliability for high-traffic implementations. While niche technologies such as Thread and ZigBee have standardized mesh support, a limited install base and unpredictable performance, reliability, scalability, and interoperability have created challenges for an... Continue Reading

Bluetooth Mesh Shows Wireless Connectivity in a Whole New Light

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Wired lighting infrastructures have a history of providing dependability that, until recently, wireless networks couldn’t match. And while there are other benefits to installing a wired network, many of today’s wireless platforms—especially those supported by a Bluetooth mesh network—ensure greater flexibility and extensibility at a reduced cost. Wired vs Wireless Advancements in wireless connectivity make it hard to justify choosing a wired infrastructure over a wireless platform. An argument could... Continue Reading

Provisioning a Bluetooth Mesh Network Part 2

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Chapter 10 of the Bluetooth Mesh Networking Series In part 1 of this article, I introduced the provisioning bearer layer and the first three phases of the Bluetooth mesh provisioning process: beaconing, invitation, and exchange public keys. Beaconing: The unprovisioned device sends an unprovisioned device beacon if the PB-ADV bearer is supported, or it sends a connectable advertising packet if PB-GATT is instead being used. This indicates to the provisioner that it is ready to be provisioned. Invitation: Continue Reading

Paving the Way for Smart Lighting Platforms

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This article is an excerpt from a comprehensive technical overview that examines how Bluetooth mesh can turn wireless connectivity into a smart lighting wireless platform. Download the full paper here. Commercial lighting provides a natural grid for connectivity and adding Bluetooth mesh networking into the mix offers commercial and industrial facilities new ways to enhance operational efficiency and support new business opportunities. Retailers can offer in-store navigation and customized promotions, Continue Reading

Provisioning a Bluetooth Mesh Network Part 1

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Chapter 9 of the Bluetooth Mesh Networking Series In May 2017, WannaCry, the world’s most notorious ransomware, actively attacked computers around the world and held user data for ransom. The attack effected millions of computers in 150 countries, with the software demanding ransom payments in the cryptocurrency Bitcoin. Without a robust standards-based security system design, comparable situations could happen with the Internet of Things (IoT). It’s not hard to imagine how users of IoT devices... Continue Reading

Bluetooth Mesh Security Overview

Security in Bluetooth mesh networking is mandatory because breaches in IoT systems could be catastrophic

Chapter 8 of the Bluetooth Mesh Networking Series The Criticality of Security Figure 1 - Security breaches in IoT systems could be catastrophic. One of the most discussed issues related to the Internet of Things (IoT) is security. From agriculture to hospitals, from residential smart homes to commercial smart buildings, and from power stations to traffic management systems, IoT systems and technologies will touch many parts of the world we live in. Security breaches in IoT systems could have catastrophic... Continue Reading