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Bluetooth Mesh Network Announced, Could Speed Up IoT Adoption Rates

Bluetooth Mesh Network Announced, Could Speed Up IoT Adoption Rates

Ratified and launched by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), the combination of Bluetooth Mesh and Toshiba's application software enable the BLE products to simultaneously increase communication range, reliability and obstacle penetration capability while also increasing battery life.

Lighting company Fulham, one of the many member companies that contributed to the new spec, noted that it's "thrilled to finally see a wireless, multi-vendor, and interoperable standard for lighting controls".

Bluetooth expects its install base (approximately 7.7 billion in 2016) to reach 13.8 billion to 2021, in conjunction with findings from ABI Research.

A Bluetooth mesh network would solve the issues of range and actual performance, according to the Bluetooth SIG. If a particular device is out of range, for example, a signal can simply be rebroadcast from another device on the network.

"For us, Bluetooth mesh is the future", said Dr. Juergen Kienhoefer, CEO, Wireless Cables Inc.

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Today, Bluetooth is the leading low power wireless connectivity technology used to stream audio, transfer data, or broadcast information between devices.

We all know Bluetooth technology because of the myriad ways it allows us to connect our devices, whether for data or control.

In a related effort to increase communication range and signal strength for Bluetooth, Toshiba has introduced new Bluetooth Low Energy system solutions capable of achieving a link budget of over 100dB using an external PA and LNA. Combined with the impending release of the 5G network, Bluetooth mesh could provide the bump needed to convince consumers that the time is right to start buying into the smart home market.

The mesh network spec, created by standards group Bluetooth SIG, allows devices to work together to extend range by re-transmitting the signals they receive. "In the same way the connected device market experienced rapid growth after the introduction of Bluetooth Low Energy, we believe Bluetooth mesh networking can play a vital role in helping early stage markets, such as building automation and wireless sensor networks, experience more rapid growth".

Download The Case for Bluetooth Mesh to learn how Bluetooth mesh networking brings the proven, global interoperability and mature, trusted ecosystem associated with Bluetooth technology to the creation of industrial-grade device networks.


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