This question was answered by the technical team at Silvair.
On 18 July 2017 the Bluetooth special interest group (SIG) announced that Bluetooth technology now supports mesh networking. The new standard confirms performance criteria for mesh-based communication between many-to-many (m:m) devices, such as lighting installations, indoor navigation, beacon services and asset tracking systems.
The mesh-networking standard is ideal for bringing together building services and data sensors in commercial and industrial buildings, and has been optimised to meet the requirements of the commercial lighting environment. The SIG sees Bluetooth mesh networking providing:
Reliability – ‘self-healing’ networks with no single point of failure
Scalability – support for thousands of nodes with no fall-off in performance
Security – protection against all known attacks.
Bluetooth mesh networking operates on Bluetooth low energy (LE) and is compatible with core specification version 4.0 and higher.
One of the key factors for Bluetooth adoption is its cross-vendor capability, a feature of its operation that addresses the perceived road-block for introducing a multiple-stage connected lighting installation into commercial building projects.
Silvair offers a Lighting Evaluation Kit, available to lighting manufacturers who wish to evaluate the capabilities of Bluetooth mesh networking, providing the route to guaranteed compliance with the Bluetooth mesh standard.
Silvair is the first company offering software solutions for lighting that are officially qualified by the Bluetooth special interest group (SIG).
‘Within the building automation market, there is a growing focus on connected lighting and the role it can play as a platform for providing automation services throughout a facility. A smart lighting platform built on top of Bluetooth mesh networking can also support asset tracking, point of interest, and wayfinding services. These value-added capabilities are part of why we believe Bluetooth is an ideal technology for enabling a mesh network.’ Szymon Slupik, president and CTO of Silvair and chairman of the mesh working group within the Bluetooth SIG
Silvair is a pioneer in Bluetooth-based smart lighting technologies and the leading contributor to the Bluetooth SIG’s mesh working group. The company provides an entirely new infrastructure for connecting people, places and things by developing a full-stack Bluetooth mesh implementation optimised for professional lighting applications, as well as a multi-service platform for commissioning and managing connected lighting systems in commercial spaces.
The platform combines robust wireless control capabilities with a complete software and hardware infrastructure for delivering innovative value-added services. With a fully scalable architecture based on the Bluetooth mesh networking standard, it enables businesses and institutions to deploy multi-service smart lighting networks that generate data from sensors and physical assets.
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