Bluetooth Low Energy Mesh: Features and Applications

In partnership with ON Semiconductor

 

AAC is partnering with ON Semiconductor to host a webinar on Bluetooth low-energy (BLE) mesh networking. Join us for a live session exploring the essential features of BLE mesh networks, how it compares to other technologies, mesh applications, and how you can start implementing BLE mesh networks yourself.

 

Wireless mesh networks like BLE provide the range, resiliency, and coverage required in low-power IoT and battery-powered applications. Bluetooth mesh, introduced in 2017, is the latest in standards-based mesh networking that builds on the success and ubiquity of Bluetooth. Mesh technology operates on Bluetooth low-energy and utilizes dynamic network protocols that form part of the Bluetooth specification.  

 

Bluetooth networking has come a long way since its initial development as a replacement for serial port RS-232C connections. Although the older standards (e.g., Bluetooth 1.0) were limited to below 1Mbps and only up to 30 feet, connection speeds have risen to about 50MBps in the most recent versions with longer ranges. Today, Bluetooth 4.xx and 5.xx stacks are enabling wireless transmissions in a wide range of applications, including wearables, true wireless earphones, and smart homes.

 

BLE is the most recognized short-range wireless protocol for low-power devices such as IoT devices and mobile phones. It is ideal for applications that require short bursts of wireless transmission and long or continuous operation. Unlike conventional Bluetooth connections that allow only seven active devices at a time, BLE mesh networking establishes many-to-many (m:m) communications between thousands of connected devices at a time. Moreover, the topology allows thousands of nodes to relay messages directly between one another with no central hub or routing nodes. 

 

Since all the nodes in a BLE mesh network are decentralized, it offers a higher degree of flexibility than other topologies with no single point of failure (SPOF). However, for power conservation in some battery-powered applications, select nodes will be assigned only message relay functions. BLE mesh networking provides industrial-grade solutions, proven global interoperability, and a reliable support ecosystem. 

 

In this ON Semiconductor webinar, attendees will learn about the essential features of BLE mesh topology, the distinctions between BLE mesh topology and other mesh networks, the applications of BLE mesh applications. The webinar will also cover how to design and implement BLE mesh networks and where to find BLE development tools.

 

 

Pavan Mulabagal

Director, IoT Strategy and Marketing

Pavan Mulabagal is part of the IoT strategy and marketing team at ON Semiconductor. In this role, he’s responsible for driving IoT initiatives, customer and partner engagements, and evangelizing ON Semiconductor’s IoT products and solutions spanning everything from sensors to connectivity solutions, actuators, and SoCs. During his seventeen plus years in the high-tech industry, Pavan has launched a number of wearable, mobile, consumer, and networking products. Pavan holds an MBA from Haas School of business, Berkeley and a BSEE from the Indian Institute of Technology.     

 
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