CSRmesh Home Automation to offer control and connectivity to the home

February 09, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
CSR’s mesh protocol over Bluetooth Smart is now, the company says, optimised for Internet of Things applications beyond lighting control.

An update to CSR’s Bluetooth Smart solution, CSRmesh Home Automation is suitable for a range of applications including control of heating, ventilation and air conditioning, door locks and window sensors. Whole home automation from a smartphone, tablet, PC or wearable device is now possible with CSRmesh, as it allows an almost unlimited number of Bluetooth Smart enabled sensors and actuators to be simply networked together.

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 users can add to the 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,” says Anthony Murray, Senior Vice President, Business Group at CSR. “Our new version empowers developers looking to offer a wide range of effective, secure and scalable home automation solutions that meet the consumer demand for smarter homes.”

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 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.

CSR adds that it 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