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Bluetooth SIG completes full-stack standard for Networked Lighting Control

September 27, 2023

Posted by: Janmesh Chintankar

Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has announced completion of Bluetooth Networked Lighting Control (NLC), the full-stack standard for wireless lighting control. By offering standardisation from radio through device layer, Bluetooth NLC enables true multi-vendor interoperability and mass adoption of wireless lighting control.

Over a decade ago, lighting industry began a journey towards standardisation of wireless lighting control using Bluetooth technology, by leveraging Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) at radio layer and then adopting Bluetooth Mesh to standardise communication layer. Recent Bluetooth NLC profile specifications adds standardisation at device layer, completing Bluetooth NLC standard. With introduction of Bluetooth NLC, lighting suppliers will benefit from lower cost and speedy creation, increased market opportunity, and additional revenue models.

“The establishment of globally available wireless standards has always been a key landmark in enabling connected device ecosystems to achieve their full promise. Wireless lighting control is no different. Bluetooth NLC expands the supplier opportunity by instilling buyer confidence and peace of mind, increasing the likelihood of adoption, and unleashing the lighting control market’s total potential.” says Andrew Zignani, senior research director at ABI Research. Bluetooth NLC will also bring benefits to lighting buyers, including true, multi-vendor interoperability, ease of deployment, and greater scalability.

“The impact of the Bluetooth Mesh standard on the wireless lighting control landscape has been truly transformative. Bluetooth NLC is the last missing link required to achieve global interoperability in wireless lighting control. We’re excited about how it will benefit the market and shape the future of the lighting industry, allowing components from different vendors to work seamlessly with each other. At Silvair, we believe in staying at the forefront of innovation with a strong emphasis on security and scalability, and interoperability is the way towards mass adoption.” says Rafal Han, CEO of Silvair.

“Without a full-stack wireless lighting control standard that includes device profiles, adoption of wireless lighting control was limited and fear of vendor lock-in was high. Bluetooth NLC solves this challenge, ensuring open, standardized interoperability. We are excited to see a standard that meets the scale, reliability, true interoperability, and security demands required in modern, digital, commercial applications. Bluetooth NLC will help the wireless lighting control market breakdown barriers to adoption and realize its full potential.” says Edward Lees, head of technical product development digital solutions and services at Feilo Sylvania International.

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