The Fundamental Concepts of Bluetooth Mesh Networking Part 1

mesh network in large building

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

Bluetooth SIG Member Companies Celebrate Bluetooth mesh

Bluetooth mesh networking

The introduction of Bluetooth mesh networking comes at a time of pivotal industry growth, with ABI Research expecting 48 billion internet-enabled devices to be installed by 2021, of which nearly one-third will include Bluetooth. Bluetooth mesh will make the largest initial impact in commercial lighting and industrial applications, and will eventually become a common technology in the larger Internet of Things ecosystem. But don’t take our word for it. Here’s what a few of our 32,000 member companies... Continue Reading

Introducing Bluetooth Mesh Networking

Bluetooth mesh networking

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

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

Bluetooth® 5 Arrives in Smartphones, Improving the Connections You Know and Love.

Bluetooth 5

Today, a mere five months after we formally adopted Bluetooth 5, the Samsung Galaxy S8 became the first smartphone to ship to consumers using the technology. To learn more, we recommend reading Computer Weekly's David McClelland’s great assessment of Bluetooth 5, its benefits, and what’s next, based on an interview with our own Steve Hegenderfer. So, what is next? Before we talk about where we are going, let’s talk about where we’ve been. Since its inception, Bluetooth technology has been in the... Continue Reading

Plotting the Future

At CES, it’s always fun to see the huge variety of products dreamed up by forward-thinking inventors whose imaginations know no bounds. Knowing this limitless creative spirit is possible in part because of Bluetooth—well, that’s a good feeling, too. Plott is translating the freedom of the IoT to devices that simplify complicated tasks. Their Cubit and Miletus devices combine smart measurement and calculation with Bluetooth connectivity and display so users can visualize changes they want to make... Continue Reading

Bluetooth Pairing Part 5, Legacy Pairing – Out of Band

Bluetooth Pairing Part 5, Legacy Pairing – Out of Band

In previous blogs, we touched on topics such as Passkey Entry and Numeric Comparison which are two types of pairing methods. Today, I will introduce another one, out of band. The out of band (OOB) association model is designed for scenarios where an out of band mechanism is used to both discover the devices as well as to exchange or transfer cryptographic information which would be used in the pairing process. Out of band is a flexible option for developers that allows you to define some of your... Continue Reading

That’s A Wrap, Bluetooth World 2017

Bluetooth World 2017 show floor

Last week in Santa Clara, California, Bluetooth World was host to more than 1,100 developers, executives, and start-ups. This year's conference showcased how Bluetooth technology is rapidly evolving to meeting IoT needs, and what we can expect in the near and distant future. Developers were able to gain hands-on experience building the devices that will change the way we interact with technology in our everyday lives. You can check out #BluetoothWorld on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to get more... Continue Reading

Meet the Imagine Blue Winner - Sara Du

Fortunately, not many young teenagers get stranded in the wilderness; fewer still come back inspired to use technology to prevent it from happening to anyone else. But that's what happened to Sara Du, the winner of this year's Student category for the Imagine Blue awards and creator of the Bluejay device. Sara wound up stranded due to a technology failure. "A few years ago, I volunteered at an event," she explains, "in this little valley between the mountains…After the event, everybody started to... Continue Reading