Bluetooth mesh and Smart Cities

In 2017, Bluetooth SIG released the much-anticipated Bluetooth® mesh. This low-power wireless mesh networking solution enables thousands of devices to securely communicate with one another and is ideally suited for control, monitoring, and automation systems.

“We feel like we are changing the world. We feel very strongly that we’ve just delivered a third Bluetooth revolution,” said Szymon Slupik, Silvair CTO and Bluetooth SIG Mesh Working Group Chair back in 2017. “I think we’ve taken a significant part of the world by surprise because Bluetooth has always been considered a small personal system. And suddenly we are coming out with something that’s so complete, so well-performing, and addressing completely new territories.“

One year on since its release, Bluetooth mesh has exceeded all expectations, with over 65 products already qualified, and more coming every month. Qualification means thatall Bluetooth products meet the global interoperability synonymous with Bluetooth.

So what does this mean for cities looking to become ‘smart’ in the future? Saqib Shah from Engadget UK says “The Internet of Things (IoT) experiments of today are laying the groundwork for the smart infrastructure projects of the future, and, chances are, the smart cities that emerge from those developments will be quietly connected by Bluetooth mesh.”

Bluetooth mesh is one of the focus topics at Bluetooth World 2018, which takes place on September 18 & 19 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in California, USA.

As the official event of the Bluetooth SIG, it is the event to find out more about mesh and what it will mean for creating smart cities – whether you are a developer or end-user.

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Entry to the exhibition is free and you will be able to meet a number of the first vendors to develop lower level enabling technology products that include mesh networking capability. Many will be running product demonstrations on their booths including Dialog Semiconductor, MindTree, Nordic Semiconductor, Silicon Labs and Toshiba.

A series of seminars and developer sessions around smart cities, smart buildings and Bluetooth mesh will run across the two-day including two free sessions run by the Bluetooth SIG:

 

Tuesday September 18
08:00 – 08:45
The expanding role of Bluetooth in smart buildings

Wednesday September 19
08:00 – 08:45
Bluetooth mesh – a look inside for developers

For just $99 you can purchase an ‘access all areas’ pass; this will enable you to attend all the keynote seminars and developer sessions running across the two days.

Keynote seminars include:

Tuesday September 18

10:40 – 11:05
Unlocking Bluetooth’s potential as the leader in commercial IoT infrastructure
Justin Rigling, Chief Technology Officer – Rigado

13:45 – 14:10
The role of Bluetooth in the development of a smart home
Martin Turon, Wireless Architect – Google Nest

14:10 – 14:35
Illuminating buildings and more: The roadmap for Bluetooth mesh
Simon Slupik, Chairman – Bluetooth mesh working group

 

Wednesday September 19

11:55 – 12:20

Bluetooth for public safety; How innovation in the wireless industry is improving 911 location accuracy

Ryan Jensen, Director of Technology & Compliance – SMTS – T-Mobile & Steve Statler, Head of Ecosystem Adoption – National Emergency Address Database (NEAD)

 

14:10 – 14:35
More than just lighting: Bluetooth mesh and precision beekeeping technology
Xavier de Briey, Lead Hardware Engineer & Co-Founder – Nectar

Developer sessions include:

Tuesday September 18
13:45 – 15:15

Bring Your Own Laptop: Bluetooth mesh for developers
Martin Woolley, Developer Relations Manager, EMEA – Bluetooth SIG

13:45 – 15:15
Bring Your Own Laptop (BYOL): Dialog Smartbond Bluetooth mesh SDK hands on training
Ian Morris, Principal Field Applications Engineer – Dialog Semiconductor

15:30 – 17:00
Bluetooth mesh – provisioning and interoperability
Kai Ren, Developer Relation Manager APAC – Bluetooth SIG

Wednesday September 19

09:30 – 11:30
Bring Your Own Laptop: Bluetooth mesh for developers
Martin Woolley, Developer Relations Manager, EMEA – Bluetooth SIG

Bluetooth World takes place on September 18 & 19 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in California. To book tickets visit www.bluetoothworldevent.com

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