ONE OF Bluetooth’s leading technical chiefs will explain how developments of the wireless protocol will revolutionise lighting at this year’s LuxLive 2017 exhibition.
Martin Wooley, technical programme manager of the Bluetooth special interest group, is to explore how the company’s mesh netoworking paves the way for smart lighting as a platform for digital services.
Commercial lighting provides a natural grid for connectivity, and Bluetooth mesh offers businesses of all shapes and sizes the power to intelligently control processes such as lighting, temperature and air-conditioning. This session – in the Gooee IoT Arena at the heart of the show – explores the benefits Bluetooth mesh networking brings to the commercial and industrial space, enabling smart lighting as a platform.
Woolley is a mobile applications and technology specialist with over 30 years experience in software development. He’s responsible for informing, educating and supporting developers. He was a key part of the BBC micro:bit team and designed its Bluetooth profile.
He will also talk about the newly-published standard that extends Bluetooth's physical range, a move that will dramatically open up commercial and industrial market opportunities for Internet of Things (IoT) lighting.
After two years of discussion, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) ratified the standard to mesh together Bluetooth beacons, allowing them to give instructions to each other.The move effectively boosts Bluetooth's reach far beyond the typical 10m range that’s familiar to consumers sharing things like audio files among smartphone, computers, tables, TVs, and other devices.
‘We just completed a set of specifications that define a standard approach for creating true industrial-grade mesh networking solutions using Bluetooth technology,’ Bluetooth SIG vice president of marketing Ken Kolderup told Lux Review sister publication LEDs Magazine. ‘Now there's a standard way that defines how mesh networking gets done on Bluetooth, so that all the [suppliers] can now create interoperable solutions’.
- Entry to the Gooee IoT Arena at LuxLive 2017 is free if you pre-register at www.luxlive.co.uk. LuxLive 2017 takes place on Wednesday 15 November and Thursday 16 November 2017.