Bluetooth Now Supports Mesh Networking Capability

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has announced that Bluetooth technology will now support mesh networking. The new mesh capability enables many-to-many (m:m) device communications and is optimized for creating large-scale device networks. It is ideally suited for building automation, sensor networks and other IoT solutions where tens, hundreds, or thousands of devices need to reliably and securely communicate with one another.

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.

  • Reliability: Enables inherently self-healing networks with no single points of failure
  • Scalability: Supports thousands of nodes with industrial-level performance
  • Security: Provides industrial-grade security for protection against all known attacks

Time and time again it has been shown that markets flourish when multi-vendor interoperability exists. Bluetooth mesh delivers proven, global interoperability that assures products from different vendors work together.

  • Full-stack solution: A unique full-stack approach that defines the low-level radio up to the high-level application layer, ensuring all aspects of the technology are fully specified
  • Interop-centric specification: Comprehensive, multi-vendor interoperability testing is conducted during the specification development process, not after specification release
  • Time-tested tools and processes: A 20-year history of delivering the qualification tools and processes needed to ensure global, multi-vendor interoperability

Selection of a mesh networking technology is a critical decision for any developer, and it is a make or break factor in the success of a solution. By selecting Bluetooth technology, developers can deliver richer solutions with a faster time to market.

  • Value-added services: A mesh network built using Bluetooth technology can support additional services, such as asset tracking and way finding
  • A mature ecosystem: The Bluetooth ecosystem provides the best enabling technology, along with the tools and services that shrink the time to market
  • Global brand awareness: Bluetooth is a trusted global brand that stands for simple, secure wireless connectivity

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. To learn more about Bluetooth mesh, click here.