Bluetooth mesh is increasingly recognized as the protocol of choice for indoor lighting control and IoT. Xicato has been an industry leader, with tens of thousands of Bluetooth controlled lighting nodes, sensors, switches, and IP gateways installed in museums, retail stores, office buildings, residences, warehouses, and restaurants around the world. Major installations include Westminster Abbey, the Smithsonian Portrait Gallery, the Chicago Field Museum, Boston Gardens, Cincinnati Terminal, the Chrysler Building, and the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.
This session presents the various lighting goals, challenges, and solutions implemented in some of these sites, including combinations of automated control based on time-of-day, occupancy and lux sensing, mobile and switch-based control, 3rd-party lighting control and BMS integration. Many of the challenges were inherent to the application of lighting controls in heritage sites and retrofit environments. Some were inherent to wireless networking. But all were addressed using Bluetooth wireless networking.