Sharan Avati, Founder of Cosmicnode sat down with Editor Randy Reid

June 5, 2023
Sharan Avati, Founder of Cosmicnode, attended this year’s LightFair in New York City from May 23 – 25, to share Cosmicnode’s mission and solutions with the lighting market in the US. Visitors to Cosmicnode’s booth were invited to explore and interact with the new Infinity IoT platform as it was launched to the US market.

LightFair is the premier, biyearly architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference, offering the lighting community the chance to market, network and learn from the best in the industry.

While attending the event, Sharan sat down with Randy Reid, Editor of designing lighting, to share insights into the innovative scalable solutions offered by Cosmicnode, what sets the products apart, their market strategy, and other interesting company insights while touching on their US success.

Cosmicnode is a fast-growing startup based in the Netherlands, focusing on developing scalable, reliable wireless lighting for offices, buildings and warehouses. Sharan explained that Cosmicnode’s scalable solutions refer to a wireless mesh network specifically for lighting controls.

He goes on to explain that what sets Cosmicnode’s products apart are the scalability and reliability offered, which is one of the most important factors in creating a successful wireless mesh network. Cosmicnode are challenging the notion that wireless mesh networks are not reliable for large networks, by proving that their products are reliable even when scalable to bigger buildings with thousands of light points.

Another point that sets Cosmicnode apart is that they pride themselves on being a radio agnostic company, providing multi-radio wireless mesh solutions that is interoperable among various systems. Cosmicnode’s wireless mesh networks are a suitable solution in all use cases, including outdoor, and they can be integrated with 3rd party system that the customer already has in place.

Touching on their customer base, Cosmicnode works with OEMs, manufacturers and system integrators, enabling manufacturers with a product with quick go-to-market.

Cosmicnode have achieved incredible success in Europe, with over 150,000 wireless nodes successfully deployed in a range of projects. The company have also seen success after branching out into the US, as their wireless mesh platform was named as a winner in LEDs Magazine 2023 BrightStar Awards. This awards programme recognises ingenuity in commercial product offerings across the LED and solid-state lighting supply chain, as determined by a panel of industry experts in design, manufacturing, and market development.

Launching the Infinity IoT Platform to the US market at LightFair is the next step towards Cosmicnode’s ongoing global success, branching out to offer wireless mesh network and control solutions to a wide range of markets and applications.

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Quality of Service(QoS)

The best-in-class Quality of Service (QoS) – bandwidth and latency for a wireless mesh network depends on the specific application. Cosmicnode wireless mesh network designed for high-performance applications such as real-time control and monitoring.

Over-the-Air (OTA) firmware update

supports device Over-the-Air (OTA) firmware updates over the mesh network. This means that firmware updates can be pushed to all devices on the network without the need to manually update each device individually. OTA can be performed even if some of the devices on the network are offline.

Bi-directional communication

Near real-time bidirectional communication is a type of communication that allows data to be transmitted and received in both directions with minimal latency. This makes it ideal for applications where it is important to have a quick response time, such as real-time control and monitoring.

Efficiency & Collision Avoidance

Cosmicnode wireless mesh network uses a proprietary routing algorithm designed for efficiency and collision avoidance. This algorithm is based on a number of factors, including the distance between nodes, the quality of the links between nodes, and the current traffic load on the network. It is designed to find the most efficient path for data packets to travel. 

No Single Point of Failure

All mesh nodes in a network can communicate with each other directly, without the need for a central bridge or coordinator. This decentralized communication structure makes mesh networks highly resilient to failures and capable of scaling to large numbers of nodes. Every mesh node can be configured as a transmitter and a receiver, and can forward data packets to other nodes in the network.

Lowest single hop latency

Cosmicnode wireless mesh network has a single hop latency of 15ms. This is the time it takes for a data packet to travel from one mesh node to another. This is a very low latency, which makes Cosmicnode ideal for applications such as real-time control and monitoring.
  •   Efficient routing algorithms: Cosmicnode uses efficient routing algorithms to quickly find the best path for data packets to travel.
  •   Adaptive channel selection: Cosmicnode uses adaptive channel selection to choose the best channel for data transmission based on current conditions.

Highly reliable and scalable

A distributed, highly reliable, scalable, and bidirectional wireless mesh network is a type of network that is designed to be resilient to failures and to be able to handle a large number of devices. It is also designed to be able to communicate in both directions, which makes it ideal for applications such as real-time control and monitoring.

Multi Radio Technology BLE and 2.4GHz

Cosmicnode wireless mesh network uses BLE and 2.4GHz in a complementary way. BLE is used for low-power communication and mesh networking, while 2.4GHz is used for high-bandwidth communication. This combination of technologies allows the Cosmicnode wireless mesh network to provide a highly reliable, low latency, and scalable solution for a wide range of applications. BLE BLE is a low-power wireless technology that is well-suited for wireless mesh networks. BLE has a number of advantages for mesh networks, including:
  •  Low power consumption: BLE devices consume very little power, which is important for mesh networks where devices may be battery powered.
  •  Short-to-mid range: BLE devices can have a range of up to 100 meters in ideal conditions. This makes BLE suitable for mesh networks where devices may be spread out over a large area.
  •  Mesh networking support: BLE supports mesh networking out of the box, making it easy to create mesh networks with BLE devices.  
2.4GHz 2.4GHz is a high-bandwidth wireless technology that is well-suited for applications that require high data throughput. 2.4GHz has a number of advantages for mesh networks, including: High bandwidth: 2.4GHz devices can support data rates of up to 250 kbps. This makes 2.4GHz suitable for mesh networks where devices need to transfer large amounts of data, such as real-time video or audio. Long range: 2.4GHz devices can have a range of up to 1000 meters in ideal conditions. This makes 2.4GHz suitable for mesh networks where devices may be spread out over a large area.

System Integrators and Installers

Cosmicnode lighting control system is easy to install and commission. Integration with wide range of lighting control products and accessories from different manufacturers and vendors. Offer third party integration API’s and gateways (supported protocols Modbus, SDDP, MQTT, Rest API). Mobile app SDK for custom app development or integration to existing app eco-system.