Article: Interoperable connected LED lighting remains a pipe dream — for now

Autonomous Internet

Interoperable connected LED lighting remains a pipe dream — for now

The Bluetooth mesh community has made more progress indoors than I foresaw as possible. We recently covered an indoor Bluetooth mesh project covering a 22-story office building with one network — no gateways or servers required. EMC, Silvair, and McWong combined on the project. And additional energy savings beyond LED installation covered the ROI. That’s progress. But the project was based on the use of McWong sensors/controllers throughout and uniformity came based on the fact that the mainly commercial-use office space was served by identical troffers throughout.

Read full article

Article: DALI Alliance defines gateway specs to Bluetooth and Zigbee wireless networks

Autonomous Internet

DALI Alliance defines gateway specs to Bluetooth and Zigbee wireless networks

“The standardized gateway between DALI lighting products and Bluetooth mesh lighting control networks will further accelerate the adoption of advanced IoT-enabled intelligent lighting systems,” said Mark Powell, CEO of the Bluetooth SIG. “Providing valuable energy efficiencies and a more comfortable and productive experience for occupants, these sensor-rich lighting systems will also enable more efficient operation of other building systems, including HVAC and security.”

Read full article

Article: Why choose a free website builder?

Open Source, Software

Why choose a free website builder?

Creating a website by yourself without the help of a developer has become increasingly simple in recent years, and the best website builders enable you to come up with a professional product in a matter of minutes. There are many options out there, and many of which you have to pay for – but could a free website builder provide you with the tools you need to achieve similar results?

In this article, we’ll run through some of the key features available in some of the industry’s leading free website building platforms. By the end, you’ll know what to look out for, and when to choose a free website builder or opt for a paid-for alternative.

Read full article