Gunitech integrates Bluetooth Mesh and Beacons into smart home

Gunitech integrates Bluetooth Mesh and Beacons into smart home
Eyeing on the more intuitive smart home solutions, Gunitech, who is specialized in Bluetooth mesh technology, has been working on the integration of Beacon and Bluetooth Mesh to develop products that are truly user friendly.

Beacon is a technology based on Bluetooth to track a person’s movements and activities. Beacon nowadays is embedded in the wearable devices commonly to track user’s movement and send notifications via Bluetooth channel. While many home safety products are available in the market, Beacon makes a step forward to achieve the early alert and notification via its indoor positioning technology.

“The combination of Beacon and Bluetooth mesh can provide the movement and behavior tracking for any abnormality observation at home. As the part of homecare solutions, it is the detector of the elderly falling down,” illustrated Ray Shiu, the associate general president of Gunitech.

According to Shiu, traditional home security products such as smoke and carbon monoxide detectors is the market of system integration. “At the moment, to most of end users, installing smoke sensors by themselves is not easy. And many countries require safety check and certifications for the insurance coverage if accidence happens. That is a challenge of DIY home safety market growth in reality.”

"We are approaching the smart home market in the way of home babycare and elderlycare solutions.”

In Q2 of year 2017, Gunitech plans to launch a new homecare kit, including an all-in-one sensor, smartplug, siren, panic button and lighting, all based on CSRmesh connectivity, a product of Qualcomm Technologies International. “We will deploy Beacon in that solution as well,” cited Shiu.

Shiu added, “the Beacon working via Bluetooth Mesh based smart home system is also good for other applications such as smart hospitals, factory automation and others which requires indoor navigators.”

Enabled by the Axalent IoT gateway and cloud platform, in 2016, Gunitech introduced CHEKKA, a CSRmesh-based smart home system that enables remote control, monitoring, alerts and smart interactions. The initial product kit includes a gateway, which uses QCA4531 Wi-Fi and CSR8811 Bluetooth chipsets, LED bulbs, smart plug and a 3-in-1 device integrating remote control, motion and light sensing. This product family utilizes Axalent’s IoT gateway technology and comprehensive IoT platform.

By far, there are 30% of the Gunitech products are sold in B2C market. The majority of Gunitech revenue generates from the ODM business with other networking/communication companies who are manufacturing STB and gateways.

Commenting on the smart home development, Shiu believes easier installation, better user experience and price are the three essentials to drive the growth. “From our testing experiences of many international smart home products in the market, the installation process and system stability for better user experience is still to be improved.”

“Voice control will also be a trend in smart home,” shared Shiu. He revealed that Gunitech has been integrating Amazon Alexa into their new launch in 2017.


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