According to Rick Walker, Marketing Manager for IoT at CSR, CSRmesh is a protocol layer that runs on top of the Bluetooth 4.0 standard. It is supported on single mode Bluetooth Smart devices as well as dual-mode Bluetooth Smart Ready devices.
“By using the existing Bluetooth standard it enables consumer products such as smartphones, tablets, TVs and set-top boxes to interact directly with devices within the CSRmesh network,” he said. “CSRmesh uses high-level banking-like encryption to ensure safe and secure transmission of messages throughout your network.
“There is an additional authentication mode for enhanced security. Simplicity is maintained with a network passcode that is provided to authorised users and devices to enable them to participate in the mesh. “
The kit includes development boards, a USB programmer and access to the development platform (SDK) which includes example applications to accelerate the development of new low power connected Internet-of-Things (IoT) products. The SDK is initially offered with software supporting networked lighting applications, and updates for home automation and other IoT applications based on CSRmesh due later in the year.
CSRmesh has been initially developed to support wireless lighting control, but the protocol supports models for additional applications. Full home automation models enabling Heating, ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC), as well as security and sensing will be rolled out in the future.
The CSRmesh protocol,https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtLBazKoFq8&feature=youtu.be was launched earlier this year, said Walker, and allows for an almost unlimited number of Bluetooth Smart enabled devices to be simply networked together and controlled directly from a single smartphone, tablet or PC for the first time.
The total package he said, combines a configuration and control protocol with CSR’s proven Bluetooth Smart devices, including the CSR101x family. CSRmesh has already been adopted by several Tier-One lighting manufacturers, including Samsung, for its smart lighting solutions.
The CSRmesh protocol uses Bluetooth Smart to send messages to other Bluetooth Smart devices in the network, which in turn relay them onward. Messages can be addressed to individual devices or groups of devices. It is also possible for devices to belong to multiple groups. Control is enabled via any recent smartphone that supports the Bluetooth Smart standard, or via standard control devices such as light switches or control panels that have been Bluetooth Smart enabled.