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

Wireless Innovators Receive Bluetooth Working Group Awards

Working groups are the driving force behind Bluetooth wireless technology, delivering innovations that make the promise of the Internet of Things (IoT) a reality. Working group members collaborate to define new specifications and enhance adopted specs, which determine the functionality and interoperability of future wireless devices. This year, the 2017 Bluetooth Working Group Summit saw record registration and attendance. Working Group members had an opportunity to hold comprehensive face-to-face... Continue Reading

Why Apple and Samsung are Using Bluetooth 5

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It’s been less than a year since the adoption of the Bluetooth 5 core specification, and we’re already seeing widespread use in flagship devices from the world’s two most-recognized smartphone vendors. Samsung’s Galaxy S8, S8+, and Galaxy Note 8, along with Apple iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and iPhone X, are leveraging Bluetooth 5 to deliver the best in wireless connectivity. “It’s faster, has longer range, and can transfer more information,” said Jon Mundy from Trusted Reviews. “Perhaps most excitingly, 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

In-Market Bluetooth Low Energy Devices and Bluetooth Mesh Networking

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Chapter 7 of the Bluetooth Mesh Networking Series Bluetooth Low Energy in the World Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) is an exceptionally successful wireless technology. It’s hard to find a smartphone or tablet which doesn’t support it, and it’s a key ingredient in the rise of wearable technology. It’s in medical devices, smart home devices, sensors, and more. Consequently, there are billions of devices already in use which support Bluetooth Low Energy. Can these devices be used as part of a Bluetooth mesh... Continue Reading

Bluetooth Developer Starter Kit v4.0

Bluetooth Developer Starter Kit

Introduction If you’re new to Bluetooth and are looking for some help to learn how to develop smartphone applications or device firmware which involves Bluetooth Low Energy, the Bluetooth Developer Starter Kit (BDSK) is the best place to start. A new version, v4.0 is now available and replaces and improves upon the previous version, v3.2.  You can download the latest version here. BDSK provides an introduction to the basic theory of Bluetooth Low Energy, as well as extensive, hands-on coding experience. Continue Reading

Management of Devices in a Bluetooth Mesh Network

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Chapter 6 of the Bluetooth Mesh Networking Series This article is one of several in a series about Bluetooth mesh networking. Bluetooth mesh is a new Bluetooth technology with new terminology and concepts. It is recommended that you read previous articles in the series first. Introduction A Bluetooth mesh network is like an exclusive club. If you’re a member of the club, you can enter the club and make use of those facilities and services which your membership type allows. If you’re not, you aren’t... Continue Reading