With standardization comes interoperability, and with interoperability comes trust – trust that products from different manufacturers can work together seamlessly, making it easier to combine products from multiple manufacturers to create fit-for-purpose, value-added systems. Standardization also helps reduce the costs of development, expand the overall size of the market, and encourage innovation by allowing manufacturers to focus their engineering efforts on higher-level, valued-added capabilities.
Ensuring global interoperability requires standardization at all three layers of a wireless lighting control solution – the radio layer, communication layer, and device layer. The radio lies at the base layer and defines how switches, luminaires, and other lighting control devices transmit data over radio frequencies. Sitting in the middle is the communication layer that determines how those same devices communicate with each other over the radio. At the top is the device layer. It defines the roles and responsibilities of devices in a lighting control network.
Bluetooth® NLC is the only full-stack standard for wireless lighting control.
Without a wireless standard to define functionality at the device layer, full standardization does not exist, limiting global mainstream adoption and preventing the market from reaching its full potential. Bluetooth® Networked Lighting Control (NLC) solves this challenge. Specifically designed to meet the scale, reliability, and security demands required in commercial settings, Bluetooth NLC is the only full-stack standard for wireless lighting control. By offering standardization from the radio through the device layer, Bluetooth NLC enables true multi-vendor interoperability and mass adoption of wireless lighting control.
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