Bluetooth's IoT Ambitions Boosted By Mesh Networking
The Bluetooth SIG today added support for mesh networking to its core Bluetooth specification. The move targets the internet-of-things, smart homes, and business applications where simple connections between many devices are needed. According to the Bluetooth SIG, the mesh networking feature supports self-healing networks, supports thousands of individual nodes, and provides industrial-grade security. The mesh networking spec relies on Bluetooth Low Energy within Bluetooth 4.0 to create scalable connections that can be made between products from different vendors around the world. This gives Bluetooth mesh networking an advantage over some in-home and IoT solutions that require specific hardware components in order to successfully interact with one another. The specification and associated developer tools are available to download from the Bluetooth SIG web site.
Google Refreshes Nearby Connections API for P2P Interactions
Google today released the Nearby Connections 2.0 API to developers, which will eventually help Android devices find, connect to, and communicate with other nearby devices all on their own. The vision is to make it possible for Android handsets to automatically share information with internet-of-things-type devices, such as personal temperature preferences with thermostats, Netflix playlists with connected television sets, and so on.
Mesh Networking Next On Bluetooth SIG's Hit List
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group today said it plans to create a mesh networking profile for Bluetooth. It formed the Bluetooth Smart Mesh Working Group, which will create the underlying architecture needed for standardized mesh networking.
Google Home Speaker Now Bluetooth Compatible
Google updated its Google Home speaker with the ability to connect to Bluetooth devices. The search giant first announced the feature at its I/O developer conference earlier this year and has just now enabled the functionality.
Bluetooth SIG Targeting Increased Range and Speed for 2016
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group said it plans to update the short-range wireless standard moving into the year 2016 with new capabilities. The tentpole features include improved speeds, extended range, and broader support for mesh networks.