The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) announced that Bluetooth technology, the global standard for simple, secure wireless connectivity, now supports mesh networking. The new mesh capability enables many-to-many 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. Bluetooth mesh networking operates on Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) and is compatible with core specification version 4.0 and higher.
Most networks connect IoT devices to each other and the internet via a built-in card or via low-power wide area networks. Nodle is a low energy IoT network and uses standard Bluetooth modules, making it easy for any IoT device to connect to the Nodle network. IoT manufacturers easily provision their devices through the Nodle Dashboard and start collecting data from their remote IoT device. Nodle operates at a fraction of the power consumption of a SIM or UHF connection. Nodle is a low power IoT network made for energy harvesting and ultra low power devices.
The software company SAP has launched several new Internet of Things (IoT) solutions. SAP Leonardo IoT Bridge is a live operations center that converges, correlates and contextualizes IoT sensor data with business processes and both structured and unstructured data. A key feature of SAP Leonardo IoT Bridge is the ability to identify unexpected and unplanned events from IoT applications, present it contextually to the operations users and provide them with decision support, including information on trade-offs against service level agreements, cost, and other relevant factors.
The Fairhair Alliance, an alliance of leading companies from the lighting, building automation, semiconductor and IT industries, has created three draft specifications that represent the organization’s first steps in bringing the Internet of Things (IoT) to building automation and lighting in commercial buildings. The first three draft specifications cover resource modeling, resource discovery and security. Fairhair envisions a future where the building automation and lighting-control industries use IoT technologies to build secure, cost-effective and scalable systems. This will enable the use of a single, unified IP-based network infrastructure in commercial buildings.
The Zigbee Alliance, an association of companies creating, maintaining and delivering open, global standards for the Internet of Things (IoT), announced the availability of Zigbee PRO 2017, a mesh networking technology designed to connect and facilitate interoperability between smart devices. Zigbee PRO is the underlying network technology that supports full-stack interoperable devices certified under Zigbee 3.0. With PRO 2017, Zigbee is the first mesh network capable of operating in two ISM frequency bands simultaneously: sub-GHz 800-900 MHz for regional requirements and 2.4 GHz for global acceptance. The Zigbee PRO 2017 network specification provides key advantages including longer range, reduced power consumption and lower operating costs for low-data-rate applications ranging from home security and automation, to smart metering and connected lighting.