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BLE Mesh Implementation for Smart Home

In a nutshell

This case study delves into a significant project undertaken by a needCode engineer to implement BLE Mesh technology for a client’s processors, specifically designed for Smart Home applications. The engineer’s responsibility extended to developing a comprehensive application, referred to as the Gateway, for Android and iOS platforms. The application included network diagnostic tools for efficient mesh network management. The project’s timeline spanned nearly two years, during which rigorous testing and optimizations were conducted, resulting in one of the finest solutions in the market.

Project overview

Project Duration:

03.2020-03.2022

Team Setup:

Grew from 1 x Embedded Software Engineers to 4 x Embedded Software Engineers + 1 x DevOps Enginner

Technology:

C, BLE, BLE Mesh, Python, Jenkins, Android, iOS

Client Requirements

The client, a prominent player in the Smart Home industry, sought to incorporate BLE Mesh technology into their processors. They envisioned a robust and seamless mesh network management application that would empower Smart Home users to control and monitor their devices effortlessly. The primary goals were to achieve a highly accurate BLE Mesh implementation, develop automated certification tests, and create a user-friendly management application compatible with Android and iOS devices.

Project Scope

The project encompassed the following key objectives:

  • Implementing BLE Mesh technology on the client’s processors, ensuring seamless integration with Smart Home devices.
  • Developing a comprehensive Gateway application for Android and iOS platforms, facilitating network diagnostics and efficient mesh network management.
  • Conducting extensive testing, including automated certification tests, to validate the accuracy and reliability of the BLE Mesh implementation.
  • Improving the application’s performance by transitioning from slow Python libraries with a command-line interface to a fast and interactive mode.
  • Ensuring network performance tests in various environments to guarantee the application’s efficacy.

Approach

The needCode engineer adopted a meticulous approach to achieve the project goals:

  • Collaborated closely with the client to gain a comprehensive understanding of their requirements and objectives.
  • Explored and implemented BLE Mesh technology on the client’s processors, carefully addressing compatibility and integration challenges.
  • Leveraged the engineer’s expertise in mobile application development to create the Gateway for Android and iOS platforms.
  • Designed and integrated network diagnostic tools into the application to facilitate efficient mesh network management.
  • Conducted exhaustive testing, both automated and on real devices, to validate the BLE Mesh implementation and application performance.
  • Iteratively optimized the application based on feedback and test results, ensuring a high-quality and user-friendly experience.

Business Impact

The successful implementation of BLE Mesh technology and the development of the Gateway application had a profound impact on the client’s business and the Smart Home industry as a whole:

  • Enhanced User Experience: The Gateway application empowered Smart Home users with seamless control and monitoring of their devices, leading to improved user satisfaction and loyalty.
  • Increased Market Competitiveness: The highly accurate BLE Mesh implementation and user-friendly application positioned the client’s processors and Smart Home devices as a leading choice in the market, gaining a competitive advantage over rivals.
  • Time and Cost Savings: The automation of certification tests and extensive real-device testing reduced product development time and ensured higher reliability, ultimately saving costs for the client.
  • Strengthened Partnership: The successful completion of the project reinforced the partnership between the client and needCode, fostering future collaborations and mutual growth.

Results and Achievements

The needCode engineer’s diligent efforts and expertise culminated in significant results and achievements:

  • Successful implementation of BLE Mesh on the client’s processors, enabling seamless communication and control among Smart Home devices.
  • Creation of a feature-rich Gateway application for Android and iOS platforms, allowing users to manage their mesh networks effortlessly.
  • Automation of certification tests, ensuring a high-quality and reliable BLE Mesh implementation.
  • Transition from slow Python libraries to a fast and interactive application, significantly improving user experience and performance.
  • Positive customer feedback and recognition for delivering one of the best solutions in the Smart Home industry.

Conclusion

The needCode engineer’s relentless commitment to excellence and technical prowess resulted in a highly accurate BLE Mesh implementation and a powerful Gateway application for Smart Home devices. Through rigorous testing and optimizations, the engineer successfully delivered a top-tier solution that exceeded the client’s expectations. The seamless integration of BLE Mesh technology and the user-friendly application had a remarkable business impact, elevating the client’s market position and solidifying their partnership with needCode. This case study exemplifies the significance of cutting-edge technology and innovative mobile applications in transforming the Smart Home landscape and delighting customers with enhanced control and convenience.

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