Bluetooth technology is getting an update and now supports mesh networking which can be leveraged in the automation industry, sensor networks and other IoT tech such as smart home devices to help them securely communicate with one another — making our lives easier.
Bluetooth is one of the oldest and popular wireless standards and this upgrade makes its stand even stronger among its competitors.
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Decluttering and going wireless seems to be the norm of the day and Bluetooth’s upgrade comes at the right time when the business of Smart Home devices is booming, with greater acceptance of the tech among the masses.
“By adding support for mesh networking, the Bluetooth member community is continuing a long history of focused innovation to help new, up-and-coming markets flourish,” said Mark Powell, Executive Director, Bluetooth SIG.
Bluetooth mesh technology ensures that a signal is transferred from the originating device to the target device immaterial of how many times it takes to send the signal, even making use of other devices on the network to transmit the signal.
So, this tech is useful if you’d want the lights in your living room to dim a bit as soon as you switch on the TV or you’d like your washroom lights to switch on or off automatically when you turn on or off your bedroom lights.
“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,” he added.
The mesh tech integrated into Bluetooth will ensure that IoT devices interact seamlessly with one another.
Though, it’s possible that a lot of devices running the aforementioned Bluetooth versions won’t support Bluetooth mesh tech since it requires a software update on part of the device manufacturers and the uncertainty of them pushing an update is no secret.
“The addition of mesh to the Bluetooth standard will open up significant opportunities for richer experiences in smart homes and building automation, enabling fresh waves of innovation across a range of IoT applications. Low=power connectivity is essential to bringing the next generation secure IoT devices to life,” said Bob Morris, VP of Marketing, Wireless Business Unit, ARM.
Mesh networking also consumes low power and doesn’t require the devices to be actively sending signals, rather it can relay signals once in a while to check for updates.
Although Bluetooth is a known name in the wireless standards, there have been questions about its reliability and only time and a widespread acceptance of the mesh technology in IoT devices will tell if Bluetooth mesh means the end of other wireless standards.