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Sensors 2017, 17(7), 1467; doi:10.3390/s17071467

Bluetooth Low Energy Mesh Networks: A Survey

Department of Network Engineering, Universitat Polit̀ecnica de Catalunya, Castelldefels 08860, Spain
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Received: 15 May 2017 / Revised: 17 June 2017 / Accepted: 20 June 2017 / Published: 22 June 2017
(This article belongs to the Section Sensor Networks)
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Abstract

Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) has gained significant momentum. However, the original design of BLE focused on star topology networking, which limits network coverage range and precludes end-to-end path diversity. In contrast, other competing technologies overcome such constraints by supporting the mesh network topology. For these reasons, academia, industry, and standards development organizations have been designing solutions to enable BLE mesh networks. Nevertheless, the literature lacks a consolidated view on this emerging area. This paper comprehensively surveys state of the art BLE mesh networking. We first provide a taxonomy of BLE mesh network solutions. We then review the solutions, describing the variety of approaches that leverage existing BLE functionality to enable BLE mesh networks. We identify crucial aspects of BLE mesh network solutions and discuss their advantages and drawbacks. Finally, we highlight currently open issues. View Full-Text
Keywords: Bluetooth Low Energy; Bluetooth Smart; mesh networks; survey; Internet of Things; IoT; 6LoWPAN; 6Lo; Bluetooth Smart Mesh Bluetooth Low Energy; Bluetooth Smart; mesh networks; survey; Internet of Things; IoT; 6LoWPAN; 6Lo; Bluetooth Smart Mesh
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Darroudi, S.M.; Gomez, C. Bluetooth Low Energy Mesh Networks: A Survey. Sensors 2017, 17, 1467.

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