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Cassia backs Bluetooth for IoT enterprise applications

Steve Rogerson
December 29, 2016
 
Cassia Networks, the company behind the world’s first Bluetooth router, has announced a suite of IoT products for enterprise applications. These include enterprise-level Bluetooth routers, an IoT access controller and a developer SDK.
 
“The ability of the enterprise to easily use IoT environments in business operations is imperative to the success of the IoT market as a whole,” said Felix Zhao, founder and CEO of California-based Cassia Networks. “Despite the headway made on the consumer side of the market, enterprises have been unable to truly reap the benefits of a connected enterprise without great implementation costs. By enabling scalable communication and control over IoT environments at an affordable price, Cassia Networks stands to change this paradigm.”
 
Until now, lack of standardisation and interoperability issues across wireless technology has been a major obstacle to IoT market growth. By improving the functionality of Bluetooth so it can work across greater distances and a wide variety of products, Cassia is backing Bluetooth as the ubiquitous wireless technology. In doing so, the company says it is overcoming two of the most fundamental barriers to IoT market entry – the cost and difficulty of deploying large-scale IoT environments that work.
 
With the IoT access controller (AC), businesses will have access, control and security over their IoT environments. It enables seamless deployment and management of hundreds of Bluetooth routers connected to thousands of devices in an enterprise environment from one centralised interface. Other features include security policy management, Bluetooth locationing, seamless Bluetooth roaming and dynamic load balancing.
 
Even if Bluetooth emerges as the ubiquitous wireless technology, device makers and customers still face interoperability issues between products and software profiles. However, developers and device manufacturers can incorporate the SDK into their native app or server software for seamless integration with the Cassia routers and AC. This deployment process allows developers to connect any Bluetooth low energy product to the Cassia enterprise product suite without having to change the software and hardware of the end devices.
 
The enterprise product suite includes three Bluetooth routers – the S1000, S1100 and X1000. The S1000 and S1100 (power over Ethernet version) routers are for indoor applications and can be mounted on a wall or ceiling, or simply placed on a desk or counter. The X1000 can be used in indoor and outdoor environments and offers enhanced functionality. All three can act as an internet gateway working with the AC so users have remote access and control of their end devices.
 
Benefits of the enterprise product suite are said to include:

  • Seamless Bluetooth coverage for cost effective IoT deployments;
  • Easy deployment and management of hundreds of routers and thousands of devices through the centralised AC interface;
  • Bluetooth locationing for precise tracking of people and assets;
  • End-to-end security; and
  • Lower barrier of entry and improved RoI for enterprise IoT deployments.
“From logistics to the factory floor, from sports arenas to hospitals, the IoT is on the cusp of radically changing how many industries operate,” said Zhao. “Together, our ground-breaking solution will open the door for enterprise IoT applications and environments that have not been realised before. We’re excited to bring this new frontier to the enterprise.”