Answers to Your Questions About Bluetooth Mesh

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In our recent webinar: What Makes Bluetooth Mesh So Disruptive?, Bluetooth SIG Mesh Working Group Chair Szymon Slupik from Silvair, Inc. provided a unique look into the development of the Bluetooth mesh specifications. In this webinar, Slupik also explained why the creation of this Bluetooth standard will lead to massive disruption in building automation, wireless sensor networks, asset tracking, and more. The webinar prompted more than 100 great questions from our live audience and, since we didn’t... Continue Reading

Bluetooth Mesh Networking: The Packet

There are many reasons to believe that Bluetooth mesh networking will be the most successful  low-power IoT standard. Its V1.0 delivers much more than anybody anticipated. It has all essential ingredients, including an extremely deep and flexible application layer (addressed in the Mesh Model and Mesh Device Properties specifications). Before it changes the way things around us communicate, let’s find out what makes this new global technology so revolutionary. There are many novel and unique concepts... Continue Reading

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

3 Ways Bluetooth Mesh is Inherently Secure

Security in Bluetooth mesh networking is mandatory because breaches in IoT systems could be catastrophic

Security is a reoccurring concern with new and even existing technologies, especially as we draw closer to the Internet of Things (IoT). Benefits like flexibility, energy efficiency, and interoperability are moot if user and provider data is at risk. While most technologies boast enhanced levels of security, what does that mean in a Bluetooth mesh network? Security is at the heart of the Bluetooth mesh networking design, and its use is mandatory with every packet encrypted and authenticated. In... 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

Bluetooth Mesh Profile Applied to RTLS

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One key advantage of Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) is the long battery life it gives portable devices that are always-on, but still light-weight and miniature in form-factor, such as asset and personnel tags for Real Time Location Services (RTLS). Bluetooth mesh profiles provide the basic infrastructure protocol to support the relay of messages from tags over a network of mesh relay nodes, which are typically line-powered devices. Location of the tags are most commonly determined using received signal... Continue Reading

Cultivate Trust in Your Tech

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Bluetooth technology revolutionized the wireless industry, ushered in the global beacon revolution, and redefined how you connect to your devices and with others. More than 3 billion Bluetooth enabled devices ship every year, establishing new markets and pushing the limits of wireless communication worldwide. For most consumers, knowing a product includes Bluetooth technology can positively impact purchasing decisions. A recent Bluetooth brand equity study, conducted by Lux Insights, Inc. on consumer... Continue Reading

Interoperability for Smart Lighting Platforms

Interoperability is something we take for granted when it comes to Bluetooth devices – just connect it and forget it. No need to look at a compatibility chart to figure out which Bluetooth enabled speaker will work with which Bluetooth enabled smartphone. Unfortunately, lighting control systems have never been this easy, until now. The Walled Garden In the lighting controls world, the topic of interoperability causes plenty of headaches. Many vendors take a walled garden approach, offering propriety... Continue Reading

Ericsson Presents Large-Scale Building Automation Test Case for Mesh Networking

As featured on IoT Agenda. Mesh networking is key to the success of the Internet of Things (IoT). In comparison to traditional wired counterparts, mesh networks are less expensive to implement, more adaptable and scalable, and offer greater reliability for high-traffic implementations. While niche technologies such as Thread and ZigBee have standardized mesh support, a limited install base and unpredictable performance, reliability, scalability, and interoperability have created challenges for an... Continue Reading