Mesh protocol over Bluetooth Smart optimized for Internet of Things

February 09, 2015 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
CSR plc has updated its Bluetooth® Smart protocol, CSRmesh™ with CSRmesh Home Automation, which is suitable for a range of applications including control of heating, ventilation and air conditioning, door locks and window sensors.

Whole home automation from a smartphone, tablet, PC or wearable device is now possible with CSRmesh, as it allows an almost unlimited amount of Bluetooth Smart enabled sensors and actuators to be simply networked together.

The CSRmesh protocol was first announced last year and optimized for lighting control. CSRmesh Home Automation extends this capability to allow for control of a wide variety of sensors or actuators that you want to add to the mesh network.

“The launch of our mesh protocol is already bringing exciting new capabilities to the Internet of Things and our customers are bringing smart lighting solutions to market that are easy to set up and use, as they don’t have a limited range or require a hub,” says Anthony Murray, Senior Vice President, Business Group at CSR.

CSRmesh combines a configuration and control protocol with the company's proven Bluetooth Smart devices, including the CSR101x™ family. It uses Bluetooth Smart to send messages to other devices in the network, which in turn relay them onward. Crucially for the consumer experience, systems based on the protocol don’t require the complex setup, pairing, or use of an access device such as a router. As well as providing control via any Bluetooth Smart enabled smartphone, tablet, PC or wearable device, consumers can also use standard control devices, such as light switches or control panels that have been Bluetooth Smart enabled.

A recent study commissioned by CSR found that consumers are increasingly interested in “smart home” systems. For instance, 72% of respondents wanted lights that would automatically turn on and off depending on what room they are in. Manufacturers using CSRmesh are developing cloud-connectivity solutions that enable a wide range of home control and could allow a user to manage specific actions, such as automatically being notified if a door or window is left open, an appliance is left on, or a smoke detector goes off. CSRmesh Home Automation can also be used to control and monitor the home remotely from anywhere in the world as it controls the entire infrastructure from chip to cloud.