We recently hosted a live webinar on CSRmesh™ to give developers looking to build Internet of Things devices an introduction to the new solution which allows an almost unlimited number of Bluetooth® Smart enabled devices to be simply networked together and controlled directly from a single smartphone, tablet or PC for the first time.
The session was hosted by Applications Engineer, Alan Hay, who gave an overview of CSRmesh including background, key features, and use cases. The recording can be listened to on-demand here, or you can take a quick read of the five key takeaways below:
1. Bluetooth Smart market growth means CSRmesh can scale quickly
With worldwide annual shipments of Bluetooth Smart ICs set to surge to almost 300 million units in 2018, Bluetooth Smart is now integrated into millions of devices including mobiles, tablets, and laptops. As CSRmesh can be integrated into any CSR Bluetooth Smart device, this significantly increases the scope and scale of available connectivity.
2. CSRmesh allows you to increase the amount of devices controlled by a mobile device
Messages in CSRmesh networks are relayed throughout the network, hopping from node to node, allowing for significantly extended range and extended scope of the use cases. It also offers minimal propagation delay with ~15ms from node to node. Nodes in the CSRmesh network can be addressed individually or assigned to a group, with up to 65,535 devices per network.
All of these devices can be controlled from an application on existing mass market devices. These mobile devices can also be connected to the internet, meaning they can be remotely controlled from anywhere in the world.
3. The network is secure and robust
CSRmesh is based on flood mesh architecture so there is no single point of failure; if one device malfunctions, it doesn’t break the overall system. All messages are encrypted to prevent eavesdropping attacks and authorisation codes are used to prevent man-in-the-middle attacks.
4. It doesn’t require any special hardware
Unlike ZigBee, Z-wave or other proprietary protocols which require an extra dongle or plug-in device, CSRmesh communicates directly from the phone bridging to Bluetooth Smart Ready devices. CSRmesh is also supplied with a software library with accompanying API and is fully compatible with all existing CSR Bluetooth Smart radio devices.
5. The list of use-cases extend well beyond just home automation
Applications for CSRmesh extend beyond just smart lighting to heating controls, temperature sensors, security alarms, access controls and many more. As well as in the Smart Home, mesh networking has an exciting number of uses cases in the enterprise space, for example fitting industrial-scale buildings with smart networks.
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