STMicroelectronics has announced a new Software Development Kit (SDK) which allows developers to speed development of connected smart-lighting and automation products that connect with Bluetooth mesh, as well as smartphone apps needed to control them.
ST’s BlueNRG-MESH Software Development Kit (SDK) is claimed to be the only three-part SDK that provides two app-developer packages for Android and iOS, and the embedded-development software for building smart objects such as light fittings and sensors.
Mesh networking is recently standardized in Bluetooth 5. opening up significant opportunities across a range of IoT applications like smart homes and building automation. It enables OEMs to create interoperable products that provide flexibility and freedom of choice for users.
ST notes that all smartphones currently on the market can connect to objects in Bluetooth Mesh networks without needing a central gateway or router, allowing easier control of smart lighting, general building automation, and other Internet-of-Things (IoT) applications such as environmental sensing, industrial monitoring, and asset tracking.
“Bluetooth 5 will become a powerful force in the IoT market, and we have invested heavily to deliver solutions that support its important new features, like mesh networking,” said Benedetto Vigna, President, Analog, MEMS and Sensors Group, STMicroelectronics. “Adding BlueNRG-MESH to the ST BlueNRG portfolio ushers in an era of connected smart things all around us, like smart-home appliances or lighting switches, and enables secure and convenient control from the feature-rich and stylish user interface of a smart mobile application.”
The BlueNRG-MESH SDK is already available to selected customers with the full rollout planned for Q4 2017.
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