Evaluating the Performance of BLE Mesh in our D-Cube Testbed

Since its introduction, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) has become ubiquitous in the Internet of Things (IoT) context, as it enables a dependable short-range wireless communication despite the limited energy expenditure. BLE radios are nowadays indeed embedded in IoT devices such as smartphones, home assistants, light bulbs, door locks,and connected health products, just to name a few.

Our goal is hence to perform a systematic study of the performance of BLE mesh solutions. To do this, we can make use of our D-Cube testbed, a large-scale installation at ITI that represents the state-of-the-art in testing infrastructures for low-power networked embedded systems.

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Student Target Groups:

  • - Students of ICE/Telematics;
  • - Students of Computer Science;
  • - Students of Electrical Engineering.

Thesis Type:

  • Master Project / Master Thesis


  • Getting familiar with experimentation on our D-Cube testbed and on how to measure key performance metrics of BLE communication;
  • Getting familiar with BLE mesh and its internals, exposing parameters that may strongly affect its communication performance;
  • Compare the performance of BLE mesh with BlueFlood and other solutions based on IEEE 802.15.4;
  • Improve the performance of BLE mesh based on experimental observations.

Recommended Prior Knowledge:

  • Knowledge of networked embedded systems;
  • Excellent C programming skills;
  • Experience with embedded platforms is a plus.


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