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Wireless communication in commercial lighting environment: Network security

*Our article on network security in connected lighting systems was originally published in the April’17 issue of the LEDs Magazine. After a short break, we now return to our series of blogposts on what matters and what makes a difference… Continue Reading →

Silvair co-hosting a webinar with the Bluetooth SIG

If you wonder what makes Bluetooth mesh so disruptive, then you just have to attend the upcoming webinar co-hosted by Silvair and the Bluetooth SIG – because this is exactly the question we’ll be trying to answer. Tune in on… Continue Reading →

A new white paper on Bluetooth mesh networking models

Bluetooth mesh networking technology allows for building flexible smart lighting networks that use sensors to drive efficiencies. Its specification outlines a number of mesh models defining basic functionalities of network nodes. The most recent white paper from Silvair explains which… Continue Reading →

Silvair ready with the world’s first qualified Bluetooth mesh stack [press release]

San Francisco, July 19, 2017 — Yesterday, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) adopted the highly anticipated Bluetooth mesh networking specification, opening a new chapter in the evolution of connected lighting technologies. Silvair, a pioneer in Bluetooth-based smart lighting networks… Continue Reading →

Webinar on wireless protocols in commercial lighting

Our webinar on wireless protocols in commercial lighting is in the books. We hope you enjoyed the presentation of our CTO Simon Slupik and found the provided information valuable. Many thanks to our moderator, John Bullock, and to the entire… Continue Reading →

EnOcean and Silvair team up to deliver wireless switches and sensors with Bluetooth mesh connectivity [press release]

Hamburg, May 30, 2017 – Silvair, a pioneer in Bluetooth-based smart lighting solutions for professional applications, and EnOcean, world leader in energy harvesting wireless technologies for building automation, today announced a collaboration to develop self- powered lighting controls and multifunctional… Continue Reading →

Meet Silvair in London!

LuxLive, one of the premier lighting trade shows in Europe, is taking place in London between November 23 and 24. If you plan to attend, make sure you visit the Silvair booth (no. T48)! Our crew will be waiting there,… Continue Reading →

Silvair awarded by the Bluetooth SIG, again

Almost exactly one year ago, we proudly announced having received two Member Awards from the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) in recognition of our substantial contribution to its working groups. Our cooperation with the Bluetooth SIG has strengthened even further… Continue Reading →

Wireless communication in commercial lighting environment: Network maintenance

Having analyzed some of the crucial factors determining the robustness of a commercial smart lighting network, we’ll now look at the issues related to network maintenance. A list of tasks that need to be performed in order to keep a… Continue Reading →

Wireless communication in commercial lighting environment: Network robustness #3

We continue our series on wireless communication in commercial lighting environment, and this is the third – and last – blogpost covering the issue of network robustness. This time we’ll discuss multicasting, data packet size, payload, overhead and frequency hopping,… Continue Reading →

Wireless communication in commercial lighting environment: Network robustness #2

This is the second part of our blogpost on network robustness in commercial smart lighting systems. In the previous episode, we explained why commercial settings pose such a challenge for low-power wireless communication protocols designed for the IoT. We also… Continue Reading →

Wireless communication in commercial lighting environment: Network robustness #1

Our expectations towards connected LEDs in commercial settings have grown to epic proportions. In the IoT era, lights are supposed not only to make a number of autonomous decisions based on real-time data from a dense network of sensors, but… Continue Reading →

Silvair joins the leading Bluetooth innovators at Discover Blue: London 2016

This week, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group is hosting its “Discover Blue” media event in London. It is a great opportunity for media and analysts to get familiar with the latest cutting-edge technologies and products based on Bluetooth. Silvair will… Continue Reading →

Wireless communication in commercial lighting environment – what matters and what makes a difference

We’re about to kick off a new series of blogposts on wireless communication in commercial smart lighting environment. The last time we dealt with the leading low-power communication standards for the IoT, we reviewed them one by one, thoroughly analyzing… Continue Reading →

Waiting for the Bluetooth Mesh standard

The release of the Bluetooth Mesh standard is approaching fast, and a growing number of lighting companies are becoming aware of the impact this specification will have on the smart lighting landscape. At Silvair, we are now gearing up for… Continue Reading →

Silvair technology at Light + Building 2016

Light + Building 2016 was an amazing event, and being part of it was a great experience for us. The Silvair technology was present at several booths, each time providing a different scope of cutting-edge features and services to manufacturers… Continue Reading →

“Adaptive lighting systems in the era of smart luminaires” – free ebook available for download

While proven and effective, advanced lighting control strategies haven’t really made their way to commercial buildings the world over. The increasingly stringent building energy codes are trying to change that, but it is technological innovation that has a major role… Continue Reading →

Adaptive lighting systems: Scheduling

The lighting control strategy we’re reviewing today is a low-hanging fruit when it comes to energy savings, especially when we talk about smart lighting systems. Much simpler both in concept and implementation than occupancy sensing or daylight harvesting, scheduling still… Continue Reading →

Adaptive lighting systems: Daylight harvesting

Continuing our review of advanced lighting control strategies enabling smart and adaptive lighting systems, this time we’ll look at what is known as daylight harvesting. While not as widely used as occupancy sensing, daylight harvesting is one of the most… Continue Reading →

Adaptive lighting systems: Occupancy sensing

One of the major benefits delivered by a smart lighting system is its ability to provide enormous energy savings. This can be achieved by granting luminaires a certain degree of autonomy. While it might seem that the occupants of a… Continue Reading →

Lighting control. From traditional solutions to smart buildings.

Replacing lighting control wires with software and connectivity is a groundbreaking change which opens up huge opportunities for all parties along the lighting business value chain. But before turning digital, lighting systems went through a long period of analog control. Check… Continue Reading →

10 things you didn’t know about Bluetooth

Four years have passed since Bluetooth Smart was introduced, but there is still a lot of confusion in the market about what it is capable of, and what applications it fits. That’s why after reviewing Bluetooth in our “Wireless protocols… Continue Reading →

Bluetooth: A technology in transition

This is yet another episode of the “Wireless protocols showdown”, and this time we are reviewing Bluetooth, or to be more precise, Bluetooth Smart. The history of the original Bluetooth standard started back in 1994, which makes such dinosaurs as… Continue Reading →

Silvair’s news roundup: a massive glimpse into the future

Welcome to another edition of Silvair’s IoT and smart lighting news roundup. This time we have some massive news that we believe will shape the smart building automation segment over the coming years. Let’s see what the future holds. * Bluetooth… Continue Reading →

THREADing the way through a connected home

Wireless communication protocols reviewed by us so far have been around for quite a while. All of them were introduced to the market when expectations and hype surrounding the IoT and connected spaces were nowhere near as big as they… Continue Reading →

Silvair’s selection of 3 hottest IoT stories of recent days

Welcome to the very first edition of Silvair’s IoT and smart lighting news roundup. We have launched this series to keep our customers and readers updated on what’s going on in the smart lighting segment and the broader IoT industry…. Continue Reading →

Wireless protocols showdown: ZigBee – is the sting still sharp?

In the previous episode of our series, it turned out that riding the Z-Wave might not get you too far if you are a customer or manufacturer looking for a totally predictable wireless communication technology that can be relied upon… Continue Reading →

Wireless protocols showdown: Riding the Z-Wave

Our review continues, and this time we’ll look at one of the flagship home automation technologies of the past decade. Unlike the previously reviewed Wi-Fi, Z-Wave was designed specifically for home automation applications. It’s a low-power wireless communication protocol developed… Continue Reading →

Wireless protocols showdown: Why not Wi-Fi?

As promised, with this episode we’ll start reviewing each of the leading connectivity solutions one by one, sharing the lessons we’ve learned while exploring their capabilities and limitations. And what else could we start with but Wi-Fi, arguably the most globally… Continue Reading →

Quick visual guide to Lighting 2.0

A couple of weeks ago, we released our white paper on Lighting 2.0, a comprehensive introductory material for everyone willing to get familiar with smart lighting fundamentals. We’ve received a fair amount of positive feedback on it, so we decided… Continue Reading →

Wireless protocols showdown (2)

Part 2: Can we talk? First things first. What are communication protocols and why do we need them to make our homes and offices smart? Simply put, a protocol is a set of predefined rules that are followed by two… Continue Reading →

Wireless protocols showdown (1)

Part 1: In pursuit of interoperability   Companies venturing into the IoT marketplace are facing some difficult choices. One of the crucial decisions they need to make relates to the wireless communication technology their future smart products will employ. At… Continue Reading →

Introduction to Smart Lighting

Today we present our new white paper “Introduction to smart lighting” which is now available for download from the refurbished Silvair website. The document consolidates some essential information relating to the concept of lighting 2.0, constituting a comprehensive introductory material… Continue Reading →

Lights on

Welcome to our new Silvair blog. We will use this space to share the things that we’ve learned while exploring the vibrant IoT and smart lighting segments throughout the last few years. We’ll also keep you up to date with… Continue Reading →

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