Silvair adds to its ecosystem of partners offering Bluetooth Mesh SSL products and systems

May 8, 2018
Demand Lighting, Murata, McWong, and Alphabet Lighting join Silvair’s Bluetooth Mesh-centric ecosystem for IoT-enabled LED-based lighting at LightFair International.

Demand Lighting, Murata, McWong, and Alphabet Lighting join Silvair’s Bluetooth Mesh-centric ecosystem for IoT-enabled LED-based lighting at LightFair International.

Silvair, a specialist in enabling technology for Bluetooth Mesh-based connected lighting products and systems, has announced new partners for an Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem that spans enabling technology to solid-state lighting (SSL) luminaires and systems. New members include Demand Lighting, Murata, McWong, and Alphabet Lighting. The LightFair International (LFI) announcement follows the news back in March that Silvair had partnered with Feilo Sylvania and Fulham - a maker of drivers and LED light engines.

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Silvair was one of the primary drivers for the development of the Bluetooth Mesh standard. The company contributed several articles on the technology to LEDs Magazine during and after the standard development process, including an article that explained why the connectivity scheme is such a perfect match for SSL networks and applications ranging from indoor wayfinding to building automation. And, of course, connectivity can compound the energy savings delivered by inherently-efficient LEDs through autonomous and programmatic control of lighting, sensing occupancy, natural light, and other environmental conditions.

Silvair’s value proposition is the so-called Bluetooth Mesh stack or the firmware that resides on microcontroller (MCU) ICs that also integrate a Bluetooth radio. That software or firmware delivers compatibility with the standard and therefore multi-vendor interoperability of products that integrate the firmware.

Many lighting and controls companies, including Silvair, have placed their bets on Bluetooth Mesh as the preferred option for building networks that connect smart lighting in an Internet of Things (IoT) scheme. (Photo credit: Silvair.)

For Silvair, luminaire partners are important as are partners that make connectivity modules and sensors. Such enabling technologies will enable more lighting manufacturers to bring Bluetooth Mesh-enabled products to market.

Demand Lighting is the newest member of the ecosystem on the luminaire side. “Our customers will have access to a complete set of tools allowing them to wirelessly configure, control, and manage their lighting environment in order to reduce their energy costs, manage and track assets as well as provide for the wellbeing of their stakeholders,” said Marie McGrath, CEO of Demand Lighting. “This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to lighting via the Bluetooth Mesh technology that will serve as a backbone for IT infrastructure. Demand Lighting is excited to be the first to offer this technology via the Silvair Platform to customers in the US.”

Murata and McWong, meanwhile, are demonstrating enabling technologies at LFI including sensors and modules. Both plan to have the Silvair-based products commercially available by Q3 of this year. LumEfficient, for example, has said that it is using McWong modular technology to develop IoT-enabled SSL.

And at LFI, both Ledeshi and Alphabet Lighting (a Ledra Brands company) demonstrated lighting products based on Silvair technology. “Having so many new and long-time partners deeply involved in the development of the interoperable ecosystem driven by the Bluetooth Mesh technology is truly remarkable,” said Rafal Han, CEO of Silvair. “It not only confirms that [the] Bluetooth Mesh standard is a highly desirable solution enabling cross-vendor interoperability but also gives us a glimpse of the future of smart lighting.”

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Maury Wright | Editor in Chief

Maury Wright is an electronics engineer turned technology journalist, who has focused specifically on the LED & Lighting industry for the past decade. Wright first wrote for LEDs Magazine as a contractor in 2010, and took over as Editor-in-Chief in 2012. He has broad experience in technology areas ranging from microprocessors to digital media to wireless networks that he gained over 30 years in the trade press. Wright has experience running global editorial operations, such as during his tenure as worldwide editorial director of EDN Magazine, and has been instrumental in launching publication websites going back to the earliest days of the Internet. Wright has won numerous industry awards, including multiple ASBPE national awards for B2B journalism excellence, and has received finalist recognition for LEDs Magazine in the FOLIO Eddie Awards. He received a BS in electrical engineering from Auburn University.