When the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) released the Bluetooth mesh specification in mid-July, the launch heralded something much greater than just a new wireless spec. The move formalized the latest major development in mesh technology that will increase its adoption in Internet of Things (IoT) applications.
The technology’s reach in both home and commercial installations of connected devices is expanding by the day, led by a handful of mesh networking standards, or protocols. The Zigbee Alliance first released its low-power mesh networking stack in 2004, which you’ll now find used in smart home solutions including connected lighting offerings from the likes of Philips and OSRAM as well as in smart metering applications widely deployed in the U.S. and Great Britain. A second protocol, Thread, received a big boost for its association with Nest and Google as founding members when launched in 2015.
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