The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has today announced that Bluetooth technology now supports mesh networking, which has been optimized for creating large-scale device networks. The new capacity is ideal for creating automated, sensor networks and other IoT solutions, where up to thousands of devices can reliably and securely communicate with one another.
“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 for Bluetooth SIG, Inc. “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.”
Commercial building and factory automation represent major market opportunities for wireless mesh networking technologies. These markets demand true industrial-grade solutions, which Bluetooth mesh uniquely delivers by being reliable, scalable and secure. Bluetooth mesh not only delivers proven, global interoperability, but also assures that products from different vendors can work together seamlessly.
The Bluetooth mesh networking specifications, as well as the tools required to qualify Bluetooth products with mesh networking support, are now available at the Bluetooth website. Bluetooth mesh networking operates on Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) and is compatible with core specification version 4.0 and higher.