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Game-Changing Bluetooth® Smart Solution Enables Whole Home Control from the Smartphone for the First Time
|By Business Wire
|February 25, 2014 09:11 AM EST
Technology pioneer CSR
plc (LSE: CSR; NASDAQ: CSRE) today announces the launch of a
technically disruptive new
Bluetooth® Smart solution designed to place the smartphone at the
center of the Internet of Things (IoT). CSR Mesh allows for an almost
unlimited number of Bluetooth Smart enabled devices to be simply
networked together and controlled directly from a single smartphone,
tablet or PC for the first time.
The solution, which is optimized for smart home and IoT applications,
combines a configuration and control protocol with CSR’s proven Bluetooth
Smart devices, including CSR101x™
It will allow consumers to control any Bluetooth Smart enabled device in
the home from wherever they are, including lighting, heating, appliances
and security systems. Crucially for the consumer experience, solutions
based on the protocol don’t require the complex setup, pairing, or use
of an access device such as a router.
“Unlike other home automation connectivity solutions, such as Zigbee or
Z-Wave, CSR Mesh ensures direct control from mobile devices anywhere in
the home, because it doesn’t have a limited range or require a hub,”
says Anthony Murray, Senior Vice President, Business Group at CSR. “CSR
is committed to driving Internet of Things innovation. We believe this
Bluetooth Smart solution will be a real game changer for developers
because it means they don’t have to turn to proprietary solutions or add
anything else to create products that give consumers what they want –
complete home automation they can control from anywhere that ‘just
The CSR Mesh protocol uses Bluetooth Smart to send messages to other
Bluetooth Smart devices in the network which in turn send them onward.
Messages can be addressed to individual devices or groups of devices. It
is also possible for devices to belong to more than one group. Control
is enabled via standard Bluetooth Smart enabled appliances such as light
switches, or via the majority of smartphones or tablets available today.
“As well as allowing control from a smartphone, CSR Mesh will give
developers the opportunity to build intelligence into the network so
devices can communicate directly with one another,” concludes Murray.
“This will truly enable the future of the Internet of Things, meaning a
consumer can automate their home so their lights come on when they enter
a room, for example. CSR is already supporting a number of customers to
launch products based on CSR Mesh and we’re looking forward to seeing
how this solution kick starts the smart home market.”
To ensure developers can get products to market quickly, CSR will be
releasing a development kit to customers in April. The kit will offer
Android and iOS application source code as well as access to binary CSR
A lighting demo using CSR Mesh technology will be on show at Embedded
World in Nüremberg Germany, February 25 – 27, 2014, Hall 4A, 4A-519.
Notes to editors
Supporting video content: http://youtu.be/FtLBazKoFq8
CSR is a global provider of innovative silicon and software solutions
for the location-aware, media-rich, cloud-connected world. Our platforms
are optimised for the automotive navigation and infotainment,
document imaging, connected home infotainment and wireless audio
markets. We provide solutions to complex problems in the audio-visual,
connectivity and location technology domains across a broad range of
markets, with a technology portfolio that includes GPS/GNSS
Wi-Fi®, FM, NFC, aptX®
and CVC™ audio
codecs, JPEG, MPEG, H.264 imaging, PDL printing, microcontrollers,
DSPs and broadband receivers. CSR's technology solutions and market
platforms enable its customers to deliver a superior user experience and
are adopted by leaders in the auto, computer, home and mobile markets.
More information can be found at www.csr.com.
Keep up to date with CSR on our technical
blog or CSR
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CAUTIONARY NOTE ON FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS
This press release contains certain statements (including statements
concerning plans and objectives of management for future operations or
performance, or assumptions related thereto) that are not historical
facts and constitute ‘forward looking statements’ within the meaning of
the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 in
relation to CSR’s Bluetooth® Smart platforms, and their performance
characteristics in consumer electronic products, and other future events
and their potential effects on CSR. These forward-looking statements can
be identified by words such as ‘will,’ ‘can deliver,’ ‘offers',
'allows', 'to enhance,’ ‘enables,’ 'designed to' and other similar
expressions regarding the performance characteristics of CSR’s
Bluetooth® Smart platforms, and their performance characteristics in
consumer electronics products, and their potential effects on CSR. Any
future release of CSR’s Bluetooth® Smart platforms or consumer
electronics products containing such technology, related products or
modifications to such products’ capability, functionality or features
are subject to ongoing evaluation by CSR and its customers, and may or
may not be implemented and should not be considered firm commitments by
CSR or its customers and should not be relied upon in making purchasing
decisions. Such forward-looking statements represent the current
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numerous assumptions regarding CSR’s business strategies and the
environment in which CSR will operate and therefore involve a number of
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