With 15 years’ experience in 802.15.4 networking and more than 100 million mesh devices shipped, we’re bringing our extensive expertise to bear on helping developers simplify mesh design and take advantage of the opportunities that many-to-many networking bring to the IoT market.
Today we’re announcing a comprehensive suite of software and hardware supporting the new Bluetooth mesh specification. Our new software and SDK for Bluetooth development supports Bluetooth mesh and Bluetooth 5 functionality so developers can add mesh communication to low energy devices.
The Benefits of Mesh Networking
Mesh networking, which is now available for Bluetooth low energy devices, enables many-to-many (m:m) communication. This makes it ideally suited for creating large-scale node networks and great for building and smart home automation, asset tracking, and sensor networks. With building and smart homes, for example, devices can communicate directly with each other, so flipping on a light switch no longer involves routing communication through a router or gateway. End-consumers already know what it’s like to flip a switch and have a light come on instantly, so moving to a smart system needs to be able to duplicate that experience without any perceived lag. As we see more and more mainstream adoption of smart home applications, user experience is critical to growth in the market.
For lighting systems, deployment and management can be simplified with mesh. The extended connectivity range means lights can be deployed at a greater distance from a hub vs a star network. A hub or gateway can be placed in one location and connected lights deployed. As each light is deployed the range of communication grows, allowing a single gateway to effectively cover a larger area.
Beaconing is another area where mesh networking offers significant performance benefits. Used for retail marketing or asset tracking, beacons can be more easily managed with a mesh network because they are not required to be within range of a phone.
How We Can Help
Our certified modules, including the world’s smallest Bluetooth SiP module (BGM11S), can help accelerate time-to-market and maintain software compatibility with the latest EFR32BG13 Blue Gecko SoCs. With Blue Gecko SoCs, companies can bring products to market that take advantage of the full capabilities of Bluetooth 5 and Bluetooth mesh connectivity and support over-the-air (OTA) updates with on-chip memory.
Silicon Labs' Blue Gecko Bluetooth Wireless Starter Kit provides you with Bluetooth 5 and Bluetooth mesh connectivity with the on-board EFR32BG13 SoC as has debug capabilities over USB and Ethernet providing an uncompromised developer experience. We also provide developers with a Bluetooth mesh stack for Android, which allows smart phones to provision, configure, and control mesh nodes. And since we provide the mesh stack, customers do not need to write this again, further simplifying development and accelerating time-to-market.
Other features include:
For more information about Silicon Labs’ Bluetooth mesh development tools, software stack, SoCs, modules and starter kits, visit www.silabs.com/bluetooth-mesh.