An Experimental Performance Evaluation of Bluetooth Mesh Technology for Monitoring Applications

Eduardo De Leon Romero, Majid Nabi

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Abstract

The introduction of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) in 2010 provided constrained devices with a wireless point-topoint communication standard. It facilitates the creation of piconets and reducing product development time and cost. It is until 2017 that the Bluetooth special interest group releases the Mesh Profile allowing a multi-hop interconnection through BLE's advertisements. Being a relatively new technology, this paper aims to experimentally evaluate its performance and investigate the limits of the technology in terms of data delivery capacity in monitoring applications. Several experiments are performed by deploying a number of BLE nodes in an office environment, making a multi-hop network. The performance of the network in terms of packet delivery to a base station is measured in each experiment. Moreover, experiments including mobile nodes are carried out under the multi-hop setup to test the behaviour of the protocol when some nodes move around. The experimental results show that the relay nodes impose critical limitations for message delivery in multi-hop networks, limiting the usage of the BLM technology for many monitoring applications.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2020 IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference, WCNC 2020 - Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781728131061
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2020
Event2020 IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference, WCNC 2020 - Seoul, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 25 May 202028 May 2020

Conference

Conference2020 IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference, WCNC 2020
CountryKorea, Republic of
CitySeoul
Period25/05/2028/05/20

Keywords

  • Bluetooth mesh
  • BLM
  • BLE
  • Multi-hop
  • Performance
  • Monitoring

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