Simon Slupik, Silvair
Bluetooth mesh lighting network: a practical guide for lighting manufacturers.
Since its adoption in 2017, the Bluetooth mesh standard continues to gain momentum in professional lighting applications. Designed specifically to address the challenging requirements of wireless lighting control, it allows manufacturers of all sizes and geographies to join a globally interoperable ecosystem of devices that work with each other out of the box. However, there is still a fair amount of confusion around how Bluetooth mesh can be integrated into luminaires. I will focus on very practical aspects of this integration, while also discussing what good practices should be followed when implementing Bluetooth mesh lighting networks. On a final note, I will explain where to find the database of interoperable lighting components certified by the Bluetooth SIG, and how to ensure the certification procedure doesn’t impact your time-to-market.
Blane Goettle, McWong
Bluetooth Mesh as an IoT Foundation
Bluetooth is proving itself a robust platform for commercial / industrial lighting controls. The range, reliability and virtually instantaneous responsiveness of Bluetooth mesh communication shows that Bluetooth mesh is suitable for a broad mix of applications. Combined with the ubiquitous presence of lighting, this offers a natural platform to extend functionality beyond lighting. For instance, Beacons and Proximity capabilities are enabling a dynamic future-proof backbone for extended IoT capabilities. These benefits, on top of the simple, approachable nature of Bluetooth is paving the way for Bluetooth to rapidly become the IoT platform of choice in this growing marketplace.
Jeremy Ludyjan, Fulham
Begin with the End in Mind: Designing Control-Enabled, Smart Luminaires
Recently we witnessed a paradigm shift in lighting; luminaires went from electrical appliances to electronic devices. The paradigm is shifting again as we are now able to add even more intelligence to those devices and even add connectivity, turning them into IT nodes. Simple lighting became Clever, and now Clever lighting is becoming Intelligent. Furthermore, the market’s expectation of lighting controls is to converge it into the total building; it is no longer a stand-alone system. Luminaire designers and manufacturers must also adapt to the changing market with intelligence. There are many technologies available and many ways to implement that technology into a luminaire to meet market expectations. Knowing the options and possibilities will help a luminaire manufacturer develop next generation products today.