Already one customer appears ready to
move forward with developments. “
Bluetooth is the next frontier in mesh networking, and Silicon Labs’ new Bluetooth mesh
software and tools keep us at the forefront
of this rapidly emerging ‘many-to-many’ network topology,” said Richard Baxter, president and CEO of Mesh Systems, an Io T software, services and solution provider.
Qualcomm gets into the mesh
Qualcomm, perhaps the most competent
company globally in the wireless space,
has acquired many companies that play in
wireless areas outside of the cellular systems for which Qualcomm is most famous.
One of those acquisitions was CSR, an early
innovator in enabling technologies for
Qualcomm has played around the edges of
the lighting business, partnering with some
companies such as LIFX at the Consumer
Electronics Show (CES) a few years back.
Moreover, Qualcomm partnered with Acuity Brands on an indoor-location-services
demonstration based on Bluetooth beacons
integrated in SSL products and other places
in a commercial space.
Qualcomm has said its CSRmesh technology is compliant with the new Bluetooth
standard. The company has a number of SoC
products that are compatible with its Bluetooth Mesh stack. Most include multiple
radios including the QCA4020 that supports
Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and the IEEE 802.15.4 low-er-layer protocol that underlies ZigBee and
other low-power Internet Protocol (IP) technologies such as Thread. The QCA 4024 only
supports Bluetooth and 802.15.4. ◀
BMW considers smart
lighting for showrooms
Carmaker BMW is kicking the tires on a
smart lighting system for showrooms that
would dynamically change settings to draw
attention to different models and features.
The Io T scheme, if deployed, might also help
deliver information to smartphones as cus-
tomers peruse the floor.
BMW is sampling the technology in a
Munich test center, working with UK light-
ing vendor Aurora Group. Gary Bennett,
managing director of Aurora’s Aurora Proj-
ects division, described the setting as a
Aurora has provided BMW with LED
luminaires from its new AXiO line, which
Aurora previewed earlier this year at the
EuroShop retail exhibition in Dusseldorf
( http://bit.ly/2uT6Ef7). The luminaires
rely on embedded sensor and communica-
tion chips from Gooee, the smart lighting
technology company headed and founded
by Aurora founder and CEO Andrew John-
son, which supplies Aurora as well as Aurora
competitors ( http://bit.ly/2vSIg1z).
Gooee-enabled luminaires can offer a host
of smart lighting options such as helping to