Gooee has partnered with Nordic Semiconductor, to become the first to integrate Bluetooth Smart Mesh networking into its lighting and sensing platform.

With the global smart lighting market estimated to reach almost $57 billion by 2020, the announcement is described as “a turning point for the lighting industry,” and one that “supports why lighting manufacturers should join the IoT revolution,” according to Gooee CTO Simon Coombes.

“To harness the full potential of the IoT you need a wireless protocol that’s both widely integrated in a multitude of devices as well as an efficient mesh-networking capability,” he explains. “By partnering with Nordic Semiconductor, we will be one of the first to adopt the Bluetooth Smart Mesh, enabling sensing and control data to be reliably and wirelessly communicated within an extended network, and decisions taken with that data that can bring new levels of management and control.”

The Bluetooth Mesh Networking framework will help to deliver up to 90% energy savings* and transform the way consumers engage with retailers, offices and almost every commercial environment. The ubiquity of lighting makes it easier to harness the IoT for any business looking to embrace its benefits.

Alf Helge Omre, business development manager Bluetooth Smart, for Nordic Semiconductor, says that its ultra low power Bluetooth Smart wireless technology is playing a key role in helping businesses to realize the IoT: “This development signifies the importance and relevance of Bluetooth Smart within the lighting sector and represents a leading-edge example of the IoT that is here today and available to install now.”

Jan Kemeling, Gooee CCO, says the best way to help customers transform their businesses with the IoT is to provide the services and platforms that cover the entire technology value chain, from devices and connectivity to platforms and applications: “This way, lighting organisations have the tools and resources to focus their attention on innovation, rather than face many of the challenges that can arise from building IoT solutions for the first time.”

The Bluetooth Smart Mesh stack, along with the other components of Gooee's ecosystem, will enable light fixtures to communicate. This provides significant corporate benefits including centralized control, enhanced energy management and increased consumer interaction through the use of beacons – all fully integrated into an enterprise cloud platform. Other benefits include the ability to detect occupancy levels and create personalized user experiences in sectors including retail and healthcare.

“Through continued development and testing, we are actively working on innovative functionality that will change the whole technology landscape of lighting control and energy management,” Simon continues. “By integrating into Gooee’s ecosystem, lighting manufacturers will not only be able to accelerate their product development into intelligent lighting, but also offer a service-driven value proposition to their customer base. Our partnership with Nordic Semiconductor is an essential part of making this happen.”