STMicroelectronics addresses the recently released Bluetooth 5 specification that standardizes mesh networking with its BlueNRG-MESH Software Development Kit (SDK) that enables creation of networked devices and the smartphone apps needed to control them. Reportedly, all smartphones currently on the market can connect to objects in Bluetooth Mesh networks without a central gateway or router. This allows easier control of smart lighting, general building automation, and a plethora of Internet-of-Things (IoT) applications such as environmental sensing, industrial monitoring, and asset tracking.
As per STMicro, the BlueNRG-MESH is the market’s 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. Together, these three packages provide all the software building blocks engineers need to get their applications running using BlueNRG mesh-ready Bluetooth Low Energy ICs.
The BlueNRG-MESH SDK is available to select customers with the full rollout planned for Q4 2017. Additionally, a full range of development hardware, including BlueNRG-1/-2 Eval boards, and Blue-NRG-MS expansion cards for STM32 Nucleo boards is available, to help streamline product development. For more details, contact STMicroelectronics, Burlington, MA. 781-861-2650