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CSRmesh touts seamless control for smart homes

11 Feb 2015

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CSR updated its Bluetooth Smart solution, CSRmesh. The CSRmesh Home Automation offers a solution compatible with a range of applications including control of heating, ventilation and air conditioning, door locks, and window sensors. The home automation system can be accessed from a smartphone, tablet, PC or wearable device by networking Bluetooth Smart enabled sensors and actuators.

The CSRmesh protocol was first announced last year and optimised for lighting control. CSRmesh Home Automation extends this capability to allow for control of a wide variety of sensors or actuators that will be added to a 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," said Anthony Murray, senior vice president, Business Group at CSR. The new version will allow developers to design "effective, secure and scalable home automation solutions" for the smart home.

CSRmesh combines a configuration and control protocol with CSR's 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, solutions 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" solutions. For instance, 72 per cent 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.

CSR is working in the Bluetooth Special Interest Group's (SIG) Smart Mesh Study Group to help create a global standard for Bluetooth Smart mesh as soon as possible. "CSR is committed to supporting the development of the Internet of Things and is working in the Bluetooth SIG to standardise Bluetooth Smart mesh to ensure interoperability of all compatible devices and prevent fragmentation that could slow market growth," concluded Murray.

The CSRmesh Home Automation release will be available from the beginning of Q2 2015. The CSRmesh Development Kit, which provides a complete set of tools for evaluation and software development including Android and iOS source code, is now available and supports the forthcoming Home Automation release.

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