Web Bluetooth – The Time is Now

Some time ago, I wrote an article for the Bluetooth blog about a technology known as Web Bluetooth. I'm increasingly convinced of the importance of Web Bluetooth and shine a light on its significance and potential once again in this article. I've also created a downloadable, multi-part tutorial for developers with which you can learn exactly how to use the API and put your knowledge into practice by building a real, working Web Bluetooth application. You can download the tutorial now or follow the... Continue Reading

Bluetooth Developer Starter Kit 5.0

Developers wishing to learn about Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) and to get some hands-on experience should look no further than the Bluetooth Developer Starter Kit. The starter kit provides an introduction to the basic theory of Bluetooth LE, as well as extensive, hands-on coding experience. The kit consists of several coding projects (known as labs) covering both client and server Bluetooth devices. Completion of a server and a client lab creates a full working system which enables the client to keep... Continue Reading

The Rise of Beacon Technology

As we look ahead to the new year, it's worth reflecting on some of the advancements in Bluetooth beacon technology. 2017 was a big year for beacons as we started seeing them being regularly deployed in facilities that impact our everyday lives. Already beacons are broadcasting in stadiums, universities, train stations, and popular retail locations, helping visitors navigate their surroundings and enhancing the overall customer experience.   Last month, we posted an article looking at how a major... Continue Reading

Answers to Your Questions About Bluetooth Mesh

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In our recent webinar: What Makes Bluetooth Mesh So Disruptive?, Bluetooth SIG Mesh Working Group Chair Szymon Slupik from Silvair, Inc. provided a unique look into the development of the Bluetooth mesh specifications. In this webinar, Slupik also explained why the creation of this Bluetooth standard will lead to massive disruption in building automation, wireless sensor networks, asset tracking, and more. The webinar prompted more than 100 great questions from our live audience and, since we didn’t... Continue Reading

Bluetooth Mesh Networking: The Packet

There are many reasons to believe that Bluetooth mesh networking will be the most successful  low-power IoT standard. Its V1.0 delivers much more than anybody anticipated. It has all essential ingredients, including an extremely deep and flexible application layer (addressed in the Mesh Model and Mesh Device Properties specifications). Before it changes the way things around us communicate, let’s find out what makes this new global technology so revolutionary. There are many novel and unique concepts... Continue Reading

Medical Smart Jacket Brings Mothers Hope

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According to a 2016 UNICEF release, pneumonia kills half a million children under five in sub-Saharan Africa every year. “Many of those deaths are because of misdiagnosis,” says Brian Turyabagye, Uganda graduate and co-designer of MamaOpe Pneumonia kit. “In the villages and remote areas, children get sick – and the first reaction is to treat them for malaria. Most people are aware of malaria, and the signs for malaria and pneumonia are very similar, so it is difficult for health professionals to... Continue Reading

Bluetooth Beacons are on Target with a Major Retailer

Bluetooth beacon technology has taken off in a big way. From stadiums to airports, from universities to retail outlets, beacons can help you navigate localized areas similar to the way GPS helps you navigate the larger world. Recently, Target announced that it is updating their app to support Bluetooth beacon technology. “We’re working on new ways to blend digital technology with stores to enhance the shopping experience,” said Mike McNamara, Target chief information and digital officer. How Beacons... Continue Reading

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