Exciting uses of Bluetooth MESH ahead for Smart Home
As we ponder each day, what is actually the next big thing in Bluetooth technologies, the answer to this will inevitably be the readiness of Bluetooth Mesh technologies – also called Bluetooth 5.0. We are excited for the reason that there will be repeater and better coverage for Bluetooth LE products.
SmartAirCon is developed based on Bluetooth LE and this article from Bluetooth SIG succinctly describes the problems and the solutions for using Bluetooth LE and Mesh for smart home products
More information about Bluetooth 5 – FAQ is available here with this document.
In a similar article found in AVION’s blog which I have cited below with original link to the document
http://avi-on.com/wi-fi-bluetooth-mesh-could-steal-ces-smart-home-spotlight/ – also appeared in TWICE
“Bluetooth Mesh Spreading
It’s ironic that as Wi-Fi mesh spreads its signal more broadly, its wireless connection may soon become obsolete for controlling the growing cornucopia of smart-home devices. Bluetooth is theoretically more ideal to transmit control data, but has been largely absent in smart-home applications because of its limited range. Bluetooth mesh changes this equation.
At CES, attendees are likely to see the first Bluetooth 5.0, or Bluetooth Mesh, products, which will extend wireless control data signal range from 33 feet to nearly 100, and blanket a home with Bluetooth coverage via repeaters. As a result, hardware vendors can replace more power hungry Wi-Fi radios with lower power and lower latency Bluetooth for controlling smart devices.
“Bluetooth mesh has the potential to enable whole home control of devices, such as smart light bulbs, directly from your smartphone,” noted Andrew Zignani, industry analyst at ABI Research. “While devices can currently only be controlled within the range of your smartphone, you will now be able to turn light bulbs on or off no matter where it is placed around the home, as the message will be relayed between different intermediary Bluetooth devices. In addition, by enabling each device to share information about the context it’s in, the intelligence level of the overall network is also increased, allowing more sophisticated and context-based applications and functionalities to be developed.”
Since it’s universally compatible — older Bluetooth LE products can be firmware upgraded to be made compatible — Bluetooth mesh could endanger and even supplant smart-home ecosystem silos since no hubs or proprietary protocols would be necessary.
“Bluetooth mesh has the potential to challenge Z-Wave and ZigBee for the radios of choice for some smart devices,” opined Ablondi. CURB’s Bear agrees. “The products that will win out in the end will be platform-agnostic.” And that agnosticism is spelled Bluetooth”