Bluetooth Mesh Network Announced, Could Speed Up IoT Adoption Rates
Though much of the focus has been on 5G and the opportunities advanced networking will bring to the table for the IoT space, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group, Inc., (Bluetooth SIG) has been working to ensure their technology is ready for the next stages of a connected world.
The group recently announced support for mesh networking.
We’ve heard about mesh networking as it relates to in-home WiFi routers. At CES 2017 we met eero, a company that developed a simple-to-use mesh networking solution; also in January, Linksys launched their Velop modular mesh WiFi system; and more recently, Comcast began working with Plume to integrate their mesh networking technology into Comcast’s platform. The promise of mesh networking—from a WiFi perspective—is the elimination of coverage dead spots. Mesh networking pods (basically mini network extenders) are placed around the users home, and the pods learn to adapt to how the user moves around and where coverage is needed.