Bluetooth’s Range Just Widened, and IoT Lighting Companies are Thrilled

After at least two years of internal wrangling and difficult technology choices, the Kirkland, WA-based Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) ratified a means to mesh together Bluetooth beacons, allowing them to hand off instructions to each other. The move effectively

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EnOcean and Silvair Partner on Controls for Bluetooth-Connected LED Lighting

Going forward, EnOcean will offer its EasyFit products in both the sub-1-Ghz models and in Bluetooth versions that operate in the 2.4-GHz band. In both cases, the switches and controls can be commissioned using the NFC (near field communication) capability

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Acuity Pads Its Indoor-Positioning Push With Shopping Cart Trackers

LED lighting vendor Acuity Brands has added another arrow to its quiver of indoor-positioning technology, introducing a wireless system that tracks shopping carts around stores in order to provide retailers with information on floor traffic and also to keep tabs

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Philips Taps Microsoft as Part of Indoor-Positioning Partnering Push, Adds Bluetooth to the Mix

With location-based services still stuck on the launchpad, the company’s new “Location Lab” reaches out to data and app developers. In two moves to jump-start the stalled indoor-positioning business, Philips Lighting said it has rounded up IT companies including Microsoft

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Douglas Lighting Controls Bluetooth® Wireless Solutions

A complete stand-alone wireless system to control lights in a variety of applications. The system includes wireless fixture controllers, switches, and occupancy/daylight sensors all using Bluetooth® wireless technology. Also available is a fixture mounted controller and sensor with Bluetooth technology

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German Town Taps Bluetooth-Enabled Outdoor Luminaires to Transmit Information About What’s Happening

The German town of Wipperfürth is using outdoor LED luminaires to transmit wireless information to residents and visitors about things happening in the city, marking the first known public deployment of Osram’s Bluetooth-based Einstone location-based service technology. Wipperfürth has installed

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Tikteck Multi-Color Bluetooth LED Review

Here’s a $10 Philips Hue competitor. Color-changing smart bulbs are often stupid expensive, but the $10 Tikteck LED is an exception. At a fraction of what you’d expect to spend on bulbs from Lifx or Philips Hue, Tikteck’s Bluetooth LED

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C by GE Life and Sleep LED Starter Pack

Smart lighting is a common starting point for the connected home, but with a lot of your options, you’ll need to keep a control hub plugged into your router or understand what ZigBee is. GE wanted to lower that barrier

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Leviton Introduces Decora Digital Controls with Bluetooth Technology

Leviton recently unveiled its new Decora Digital Controls with Bluetooth technology. These powerful lighting controls provide the ability to dim and time lighting without the need of a hub, gateway or internet connection. Users simply pair the device with the

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Gooee in Tech Deal with EnOcean

Gooee, the IoT platform provider for lighting, has partnered with EnOcean, the specialist in energy harvesting wireless technology, to integrate Bluetooth based self-powered wall switch modules into the Bluetooth Smart Mesh stack, the primary communication protocol in Gooee’s platform for

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