IoT is growing, and like many growing markets, IoT is making good use of proven tools and techniques such as simulators to rapidly build proof-of-concepts to validate new ideas and demonstrate capabilities of new standards. For instance, Ericsson recently tested the capabilities of Bluetooth mesh and its commercial usage according to their whitepaper on the subject.
In their test, Ericsson carried out a full stack implementation of the Bluetooth Mesh Profile in a system level simulator to demonstrate the scalability, performance, and interoperability of the system-under-test. Their office automation scenarios included a total of 879 devices including window sensors, occupancy sensors, HVAC sensors and actuators, light switches and light bulbs. All were deployed in an area of 2,000 square meters!
The network performance evaluation was based on three traffic setups: a low-traffic use case with an aggregate application throughput if around 150 bps, a medium traffic use case with an aggregate application throughput of around 1000 bps, and a high-traffic use case with an aggregate application throughput of around 3000 bps. The simulation solution thus helped them to determine performance requirements such as the number of relays/hops required to meet the typical QoS needs for a connected lighting system. Its also likely helped them to test such realistic use-cases with lower setup and testing costs than creating physical labs.
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Source: IoT Agenda