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

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

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

Explore the Latest in IoT Innovation at Bluetooth Asia 2017

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Bluetooth Asia, on 26-27 September 2017 in Shenzhen, China, is quickly becoming the premier Bluetooth event of the year. Bluetooth Asia 2017 is a totally new experience, giving you an opportunity to hear engaging keynotes from industry leaders, such as Mobike, CCSA, Tencent, Xiaomi, ARM, and more. Drawing from their extensive knowledge and industry expertise, you’ll learn more about Internet of Things (IoT) innovations across a range of applications, from commercial and industrial to smart homes. Continue Reading

The Fundamental Concepts of Bluetooth Mesh Networking Part 1

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Chapter 3 of the Bluetooth Mesh Networking Series Bluetooth mesh networking creates new opportunities for interacting with your environment, whether you’re making your home or office smarter using intelligent lighting, heating/cooling, and security systems, or enhancing the efficiency of an industrial wireless sensor network (IWSN). Bluetooth mesh networking provides the foundation you need to create truly large-scale device networks, allowing you to enable tens, hundreds, or even thousands of wireless... Continue Reading

Beacons and Bluetooth: Bridging the Physical and Digital Worlds

Kontakt.io’s Hannah Augur explores how Bluetooth 5 technology and beacons are creating a powerful foundation for the IoT, bridging the physical and digital worlds. More data was created in the last two years than in the past 5,000 years combined. Everyday people and businesses are already experiencing the exponential growth of technology and data, and we have only begun crossing the chasm. While Industry 4.0 signaled the irreversible introduction of AI into industry, the real question is: what lies... Continue Reading

Introducing Bluetooth Mesh Networking

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Bluetooth technology, the global standard for simple, secure wireless connectivity, now supports mesh networking. The new mesh capability enables many-to-many (m:m) device communications and is optimized for creating large-scale device networks. It is ideally suited for building automation, sensor networks, and other IoT solutions where tens, hundreds, or thousands of devices need to reliably and securely communicate with one another. "Bluetooth mesh networking is the most robust and powerful low-power... Continue Reading

A New Way to Navigate

Bluetooth beacons provide wayfinding services to travelers in airports

Your smartphone makes it easy to locate any restaurant in the heart of downtown, but it’s not much help getting you through a crowded airport. That is unless you’re travelling through London’s Gatwick Airport. Spot the Dot Recently, Gatwick Airport installed around 2,000 beacons in two terminals, creating an indoor navigation system more reliable than traditional GPS. This beacon-based positioning system, built on Bluetooth technology, is the world’s first for an airport. The system uses Pointr... Continue Reading

Meet the Bluetooth Pioneer: Kento Sasamoto

The Internet of Things (IoT) is making our lives easier in many ways, connecting the devices and objects we use daily so that our worlds function more smoothly. There are many ways we can control those connected devices, from computers to smartphones, but those methods can have their limitations—for anyone, but especially for people with various disabilities. Enter the MagicKnock: a device that allows one to control connected devices with a simple knocking sound that can be made with fingertips, Continue Reading

Meet the Bluetooth Pioneer: Celia Garrido-Hidalgo

"As long as I remember, I've always been amazed by the complexity of industrial processes, trying to discover which is the secret behind automation systems and industrial robots." So says Celia Garrido-Hidalgo, 23, who's quickly making a name for herself by innovating in the industrial space and was most recently named a student finalist in the Imagine Blue awards program. When Celia visited factories as part of her education, she says she "could feel how operators risk their lives by exposing themselves... Continue Reading