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One Year after Launch, Bluetooth Mesh Adoption Surpasses Expectations

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More than 65 Qualified Bluetooth Mesh Products Pave the Way for Smart
Lighting, Smart Building, Smart Home, and More

Over the past two decades, Bluetooth®
technology has revolutionized the IoT, adding new capabilities that have
enabled innovation and established new markets, from wireless audio to
connected devices. And now Bluetooth
mesh
continues that trend by playing a pivotal role in the
development of emerging markets such as Smart Building, Smart Industry,
Smart Cities, and Smart Home. In the year since the release of Bluetooth
mesh, more than 65
products
with mesh networking capability have been qualified from
leading silicon, stack, component, and end product vendors. (A complete
list of Bluetooth mesh qualified products can be found here.)

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https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20180725005235/en/

Bluetooth mesh - Airport (Photo: Business Wire)

Bluetooth mesh - Airport (Photo: Business Wire)

Bluetooth mesh networking enables many-to-many (m:m) device
communications and is optimized for creating large-scale device
networks. Designed to meet the scalability,
reliability, and security requirements
of commercial and industrial
environments, Bluetooth mesh is powering smart building and smart
industry implementations where tens, hundreds, or thousands of devices
need to communicate with one another effectively. From factories to
hospitals, airports, retail stores, and the home, Bluetooth mesh
supports building services that bring real value to owners, operators,
and occupants.

"The strategic decision to adopt Bluetooth as the communications
platform for our smart home strategy was an obvious choice for us," said
Lijuan Chen, Head of Alibaba A.I. Labs, the department leading consumer
AI product development at Alibaba Group. "Bluetooth mesh is a wireless
protocol that enables us to meet our customers' scale, performance, and
reliability requirements in the home. Bluetooth is already a proven,
trusted, and widely used wireless standard, and we're confident
Bluetooth mesh will be the standard in home and building automation for
years to come."

"Bluetooth mesh is one of a number of fundamental enablers of future IoT
markets, allowing for robust, secure and scalable connectivity across
the smart home, commercial building automation, industrial environments,
and beyond," said Stuart Carlaw, Chief Research Officer, ABI Research.
"Bluetooth mesh, in conjunction with Bluetooth beacons, can propel these
environments towards greater automation, increased sensorization, and
enable valuable RTLS services. Nearly 360 million annual Bluetooth Smart
Building device shipments are forecasted by 2022." (More forecasts are
available in the 2018
Bluetooth Market Update
.)

Lighting
control systems
have served as a key use case driving the increase
in Bluetooth mesh implementations. A building's lighting system provides
a natural grid through which all devices in a Bluetooth mesh network can
pass messages and establish whole-building control, monitoring, and
automation systems within a facility. This wireless lighting solution
can also function as a platform to enable indoor positioning and
location services - including point-of-interest solutions, indoor
navigation, asset tracking, and improved space utilization.

"Bluetooth mesh has fundamentally altered the conversation around
connected lighting by providing a complete, high-performing solution
that allows lighting to serve a greater purpose in industrial and
commercial spaces," Mark Needham, Vice President, European Sales at
Fulham Co, Inc. "A lighting system that can both help visitors find
their way and allow building operators to pinpoint the location of
assets within a building or collect a vast range of data from various
building sensors for analysis and utilization is only the beginning of
what is possible."

In one year alone, Bluetooth mesh has paved the way for wireless
lighting control solutions and has been a driving force in realizing the
concept of lighting as a platform. According to ABI Research, annual
commercial smart lighting equipment shipments are expected to increase
fivefold by 2022.

"We are really excited about the rapid progress our member companies
have made using Bluetooth mesh in just one year," said Mark Powell,
Executive Director of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group. "The
Bluetooth member community dove straight into developing with the new
technology, creating a growing list of product innovations that will
steer the evolution and direction of commercial and industrial markets
for years to come."

For more information on Bluetooth mesh, please visit: bluetooth.com/mesh.

Additional media resources and assets can be found in the Bluetooth
mesh media kit
.

About Bluetooth® Wireless Technology

Bluetooth is the global wireless standard for simple, secure
connectivity. Propelled by a global community of more than 34,000
companies, Bluetooth serves to unify, harmonize and drive innovation in
the vast range of connected devices all around us. Through the
collective creation and shared technical standards, Bluetooth
simplifies, secures and enriches the technology experience of users
worldwide.

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