Bluetooth Smart Lighting Control Software And Mobile Application

Use BLE Mesh Commissioning software for the management of the smart lighting networks based on the bluetooth mesh technology. Use a centralized management system to set up smart lighting networks via a web dashboard. Commission smart lighting IoT devices on site using a smartphone or a tablet and the BLE Mesh Commissioning mobile application.


Bluetooth Mesh For The Smart Lighting Systems

Commercial smart lighting system is a network of the connected wireless lighting fixtures and lighting controls, such as switches, relays and sensors. Smart lighting systems have an advantage over the wired lighting in a variety of ways:



  • Energy efficiency. Smart lighting systems can automatically adjust lighting level based on the occupancy and daylight availability, resulting in the significant energy savings.
  • Operations Control. Building tenants / manages can easily control and adjust lighting systems to their needs without the expensive electrical work / re-wiring. They can adjust light fixtures grouping, change which wireless lighting controls interact with which light fixtures, create and change lighting parameters and scheduling. They can do adjustments remotely through the web dashboard, or on site using a smartphone or a special lighting control device.
  • Automatic Data Collection. Smart lighting systems record and provide valuable data on the power usage and building occupancy, helping managers optimize building space utilization and general operations.


Bluetooth mesh is a popular technology for the smart lighting systems. Bluetooth mesh specifications were created with the smart lighting networks in mind, and contain a lot of standard models specifically geared towards the lighting industry. Bluetooth mesh lighting systems are interoperable - you can use bluetooth mesh lighting fixtures and wireless lighting controls from any vendor, or mix devices from the different vendors in one smart lighting network. Bluetooth mesh smart lighting networks can be commissioned and controlled by the regular smartphones with the mobile application - no special lighting control hardware is required.

Bluetooth Mesh Commissioning software allows companies to do just that: manage and configure smart lighting networks via the secure web dashboard, and apply preset configuration to the on site lighting fixtures and lighting controls using a BLE Mesh Commissioning mobile application.

 

 

Centralized Smart Lighting Networks Management: Cloud Software + Mobile Application

Use BLE Mesh Commissioning software to manage multiple IoT smart lighting projects, and smart lighting networks within each project. Configure the smart lighting networks via the secure web dashboard using a graphical drag and drop interface. Define the groups of the light fixtures, and which switch(es) / relay(s) and sensors each group should interact with. Create flexible grouping that is not necessarily confined to the geographical zoning.

Field commissioners / installers provision on site IoT lighting fixtures and lighting controls into the bluetooth mesh network, and apply preset configuration using smartphones / tablets and a mobile application. BLE Mesh Commissioning mobile application does not require any knowledge of the bluetooth mesh internal design from the installers. The mobile application is designed to minimize amount of work the on site installers need to do to commission the smart lighting networks.

Smart Lighting Networks Management And Configuration - Web Interface

Use administrative web interface to manage projects and smart lighting networks within each project, create smart lighting networks configuration, review on site IoT devices and their grouping, manage users of the system and users privileges.

Create a list of IoT device types that are used in your smart lighting networks: light fixtures, switches / relays, sensors, gateways. Select which bluetooth mesh models are installed on each device type, and if the device plays a role of a publisher or a subscriber. Enter this information once, and it is re-used for all smart lighting networks - no redundant entries are required.

Manage projects, create and manage smart lighting networks for each project. Use graphical drag and drop interface to configure smart lighting networks. Create groups of devices for the applicable device type by simply dragging device type to the drawing panel, and typing in the group name. Define how IoT network groups interact by connecting the groups with the arrows. Visualize groups interaction and their on site location.
You can define any type of simple or complex relationships between smart lighting IoT devices, without the confines of the geographical "zoning". You do not have to create zones with all switches and sensors within the zone controlling light fixtures in the same zone. You have a flexibility to create any kind of smart lighting network design - for example switches and sensors can control different, perhaps intersecting groups of light fixtures regardless of their on site location.
Minimize the amount of work required to configure new smart lighting networks. Use design templates to instantly configure smart lighting networks that are very similar to each other. After you created a new smart lighting network based on the template with pre-defined configuration, you can apply desired changes to create the exact design you need.
get live information on the smart lighting networks installation and configuration in the field. Review the list of the provisioned network devices and their grouping for each smart lighting network via the administrative web dashboard.
Make sure that system users can only perform actions they are allowed to perform, and can only access smart lighting networks to which they were granted an access by the administrator. Manage users of the system, their privileges and access to the projects / smart lighting networks via the administrative web dashboard.

Smart Lighting Networks Commissioning - Mobile Application

On site installers / lighting commissioners use smartphones or tablets and BLE Mesh Commissioning mobile application to commission smart lighting network devices on site: add devices to the network (provision) and apply preset network configuration.

On site installers start the commissioning process by logging into the mobile application and selecting a project / smart lighting network to work with. Only projects to which logged in installer has an access will be shown in the mobile application. Once a user logged into the specific smart lighting network, it is locked for editing until the installer finishes his work and successfully submits changes.
An on site installer uses a mobile application to scan for the newly installed, unprovisioned bluetooth mesh devices that can be added to the smart lighting network. Each device in the list has an Identify button next to it, so that installers could match the device in the list with the smart lighting device on site. The on site device will blink or use other means to identify itself. Once the commissioner verifies that this is a correct IoT device, he provisions the device into the smart lighting network with a click of a button. After a smart lighting IoT device is successfully provisioned it is removed from the list of the unprovisioned network devices.
After all newly installed smart lighting devices are provisioned and added to the network, an installer can configure the devices so that they start interacting with each other. The network configuration (network groups and how these groups should interact) is already determined, the only thing that the lighting commissioner needs to do is apply network groups to the actual on site IoT devices. Depending on the situation, an installer can do one of the following:

  • When there are many individual IoT devices in the network group (which is usually the case with the light fixtures), it is more convenient to select a group, then check off all the on site IoT light fixtures that should belong to this group, and apply configuration with one click.
  • When there is one device in a group (e.g. a switch), or when an installer adds a new light fixture to the existing network, he can select a device, and check off all groups to which the selected IoT device should belong - then apply the setting with a click of a button.


Either way, an installer can apply the preset configuration with no manual input, and with the minimal amount of work, navigation and clicks.
Smart lighting networks configuration is not a one off thing. You may need to add new IoT devices to the network, remove existing devices, change grouping of the devices based on the on site conditions. For example, an on site installer can change which light fixtures should belong to the primary daylight zone, and which ones should belong to the secondary daylight zone. Or a customer may want to change which light fixtures are controlled by a switch. Or, perhaps an administrator has changed configuration using an administrative web interface, and these changes need to be applied to the on site IoT devices.

BLE Mesh Commissioning mobile application allows you to adjust smart lighting networks IoT devices and configuration as needed. The smart lighting network parameters are not confined to a specific device, no manual data import / export or sync is required. Any eligible lighting commissioner who has an access to the specific smart lighting network can login and automatically get the latest network data on his mobile device. He can then apply the required changes and submit them to the central database from a smartphone or tablet.
In addition to the provisioning and grouping of the smart lighting IoT devices, you often need to adjust the devices setup parameters (for example set default light brightness levels, set a timing for the light control time machine, how often a sensor should broadcast the obtained data, etc., etc.). BLE Mesh Commissioning mobile application has a built-in option to adjust brightness level for the Light Lightness light fixtures (default brightness level and brightness range). If you have light fixtures in the bluetooth IoT networks that use Light Lightness model, you can use this built-in functionality. Otherwise, this option can be replaced with the functionality that will work in the similar manner and will allow you to control and adjust parameters for the IoT devices in your smart lighting networks.

Using built-in Light Lightness fixtures control, on site lighting commissioners or customers can adjust brightness level for an entire group of light fixtures, or for the individual light fixtures in the group. They can use a slider in the mobile application to watch the live brightness level changes. Once the brightness level is right, set it as a default, minimum or maximum brightness level with a click of a button.

Smart Lighting Networks Access And Data Integrity

Control users access to the smart lighting networks. Locking mechanism ensures that smart lighting networks data integrity is not compromised by multiple people working on the same network.

BLE Mesh Commissioning software allows you to control what system users can do. You can have administrators who can do everything, view only users, on site installers who can use a mobile application to commission smart lighting networks but do not have an access to the web dashboard, etc.
In addition to the user privileges, you can specify which projects / smart lighting networks a user can work with. You can have administrators or installers who can work with all smart lighting networks, or create users with any set of privileges and allow this user access only to one or several projects.
BLE Mesh Commissioning software ensures that data integrity of the smart lighting networks is not compromised. Once an on site installer is logged into the smart lighting network, it is locked for other installers. The smart lighting network is unlocked once the installer finishes changes and submits the updates.
Administrators who manage and configure smart lighting networks via the web dashboard can have an access to the network, and can check which networks are locked, by whom and for how long. They can take actions if a smart lighting network remains locked for a long time.
Once the network has the provisioned and configured devices in it, there are specific rules for the administrator to make sure that no changes are made that will compromise the on site devices. The administrators can always add new groups / connections, but they cannot change existing grouping when someone is working with the network on site, or if these groups are already in use by the existing IoT devices.

 

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AHG, Inc. develops integrated cloud - mobile applications that are modern, innovative, can be implemented quickly and increase your company productivity and efficiency. We specialize in the bluetooth applications (bluetooth devices integration and bluetooth mesh networks commissioning), and business productivity applications: assets and inventory management, data collection, project management and workflow automation. We use modern technologies (mobile, cloud, smartphones, QR codes, NFC, bluetooth) to make routine business tasks faster to complete, eliminate data loss and errors, and streamline information exchange withing your organization. We understand that each business has unique requirements, so we give you the power to easily customize our software to fit your business workflow.

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