In 2017, the much-anticipated Bluetooth mesh was launched by the Bluetooth SIG. One year on, and it has exceeded all expectations. In the past 12 months, 65 products have already been qualified by the SIG.
As predicted, the initial products to be qualified started with the lower level enabling technology products, such as Bluetooth software stacks and modules that include mesh networking capability. However, in the past six months, end user products have started to be developed and qualified from lighting control systems, through to smart speaker solutions.
So what does the future hold?
Bluetooth mesh is an obvious choice for large-scale device networks due to its global interoperability between vendors and products, as well as the strict qualification process all products need to go through.
“After one year, evidence of increasing adoption and qualification of Bluetooth mesh capable products confirms all initial forecasts — from preliminary adoption in smart buildings via connected lighting platforms to viability as a smart home solution. The rate of adoption within these initial use cases also points to the expanding role of Bluetooth in other emerging markets, including smart industry and smart cities.” Dave Hollander, Bluetooth SIG.
You can learn more about Bluetooth mesh and its capabilities at Bluetooth World 2018 on September 18 and 19. A series of free seminars, keynote sessions, developer sessions will discuss this hot topic, and a number of the exhibiting vendors will be showcasing the technology through live demonstrations on the show floor.
Entry to the exhibition is completely free, with ‘access all areas’ passes just $99 – enabling you to attend all keynote sessions and developer sessions. To find out more and book your ticket, go to www.bluetoothworld.com.