Lighting as a Platform Part 2: Creating the Smart Building

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In a truly smart building, lights can be much more than just lights. These buildings are supported by lighting systems that have the potential to act as a distributed network of small computers and are capable of hosting all sorts of other applications, enabling the creation of true smart building services. Inherent interoperability, fundamental device behaviour models, and value-added capabilities are all critical to making the concept of the true smart building a reality. In part 1, we explored... Continue Reading

Lighting as a Platform Part 1: What It Is and Why You Should Care

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In the world of the smart building, smart has real meaning. Creating buildings whose performance is optimised with respect to a variety of goals and which meet the increasingly challenging demands of building and energy efficiency regulations is a tough job these days. Energy use must be minimised and operating costs kept low. Conditions which enhance the work environment for employees, so that they too can perform at their best, must be brought about. And the only way to accomplish all of this... 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

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

An Intro to Bluetooth Mesh Part 2

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Chapter 2 of the Bluetooth Mesh Networking Series Introduction In Part 1 of this article, I introduced the new Bluetooth mesh networking technology. If you haven’t read part 1, start there before reading this, the second part. I’ll complete my introductory overview of Bluetooth mesh networking here with an overview of the way messages find their way across large mesh networks, in-market device support, security and the mesh stack itself, and then we’ll proceed to explore aspects of the technology... Continue Reading

An Intro to Bluetooth Mesh Part 1

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Chapter 1 of the Bluetooth Mesh Networking Series Introduction Bluetooth technology is one of the world's best known brands and one of the most ubiquitous wireless communications technologies on the planet. It's been in existence since 2000 and has found its way into billions and billions of devices. Last year alone, over three billion Bluetooth devices were shipped by manufacturers. Bluetooth has not stood still. Since its first incarnation, Bluetooth has been carefully and systematically improved... Continue Reading

Bloodhound Race for the Line and Bluetooth

1000mph in a car No, that’s not a typo. One thousand miles per hour (mph). In a car. Gulp! Bloodhound SSC is a British, supersonic land vehicle being built for the purpose of achieving a new land speed world record. The current world record is held by Wing Commander Andy Green, a British Royal Air Force pilot, who achieved a speed of 760 mph in 1997. The goal of the Bloodhound SSC project is to achieve or exceed 1000 mph. As you’d imagine, a project like this, will encounter and need to solve, all... Continue Reading

Extending the Reach of the Web to Bluetooth Devices

There's this new thing called the World Wide Web Do you remember life before the internet? Or more to the point, before the World Wide Web (WWW)? No? OK. But you do remember life before Facebook, right? No? Oh dear. You're clearly just trying to make me feel old. And succeeding. Well thank you very much! Because some of us, myself included, do indeed remember life before the WWW. Just about. A long time ago in a galaxy actually not very far away at all.... The WWW was born. And for a good while, Continue Reading