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Gooee multi-protocol gateway to be unveiled at CES

Steve Rogerson
December 22, 2015
 
California-based smart lighting start-up Gooee has developed a multi-protocol enterprise IoT gateway that connects lighting and sensing devices to its cloud platform. It will get its first public showing at next month’s CES in Las Vegas.
 
Developed to include features such as a cloud-integrated operating system, the gateway supports multiple communication protocols – Bluetooth, Zigbee and WiFi – for wireless communications, along with both Ethernet and serial ports. This enables the gateway to provide interoperability options with other on-premise or cloud-based services.
 
Recognising that no existing IoT hub or gateway has the capability to deliver the connectivity necessary for its lighting ecosystem to reach full potential, Gooee designed and engineered the gateway to offer increased reliability, connectivity and interoperability.
 
“In the early stages of our ecosystem’s development we planned to work with existing gateway devices, but were unable to find anything that offered the adequate support for our platform to run efficiently and reliably,” said chief technology officer Simon Coombes.
 
Also featured is an ARM based processor, the ability for offline capability through a local and secure Restful API and MQTT over WebSockets, and a localised secure app-container to allow third-party service integrations. Further to this, the gateway will run Gooee’s Bluetooth Mesh, which has been purpose-engineered for its lighting and sensing end points and can handle the bandwidth needed for the volume of sensing data created through the company’s recently announced sensing ASIC.
 
To complement the technology, Gooee created and built a separate device to extend the range and end-point count that the gateway can support. Named the Puck, it is a power-over-Ethernet to Bluetooth extender device that runs the Mesh protocol and works with the gateway to extend the device’s range and increase the number of end-point hubs that are managed by the technology.
 
“Ensuring we can handle the wide range of environments is critical, so having offline capabilities with a local, security conscious API, and a distributed multi-gateway environment means we offer our customers better performance levels found within costly on-premise hardware,” said Coombes. “Many hub and gateway manufacturers claim their devices support thousands of end points, in some cases tens of thousands. That might be possible if you need a limited amount of control and are just turning groups of lights on and off. At Gooee, we are dealing with individual end-point control and a vast sensory network generating large quantities of environmental and energy data – put simply, our gateway is designed for this kind of enterprise scale.”
 
Field testing of the device is underway, with installations at Gooee’s various facilities and pilot sites, and the technology will be in action at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas from January 6 to 9, 2016.