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

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

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

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

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

Integrating the Web, Apps, and Beacons

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Bluetooth Beacons, they’re all the rage.  Retail stores use them to broadcast offers to customers.   Subway stations and other locations with limited connectivity use Bluetooth Beacons to broadcast location information to travelers and commuters.  Whether aiding us in a subway station, guiding people to their favorite exhibits in a museum, or ushering passengers through unfamiliar airports to local services and connecting flights, Bluetooth Beacons are a basic element as we build Smart Cities and... Continue Reading