Catching Up with Bluetooth® Technology and DALI

Advances in Interoperability, Technology and Applications

Carol Jones, DALI Alliance | Henry Wong, Bluetooth Special Interest Group | Stephen Zhou, McWong International

Location: Gramercy

March 20, 2024
8:30 am - 10:00 am EST

Credits 1.5 LU | Elective


Bluetooth® technology and DALI both offer evolving capabilities for wireless, intelligent lighting control infrastructures to meet current and upcoming needs. Since Bluetooth technology introduced its mesh network standard in 2017, there has been continued development including the introduction of a standard Bluetooth mesh interface for D4i intelligent luminaires and most recently, the introduction of Bluetooth® NLC. Session presenters will share these developments in detail with attendees as well as how field projects using interoperable capabilities of both Bluetooth technology and DALI continue to evolve. The session will be highly interactive to allow sharing of lessons learned and attendee Q&A.

A basic understanding of wireless networking principles is recommended for this presentation.

Learning Objectives

  • Attendees will be able to describe the differences between Bluetooth LE, Bluetooth mesh, and DALI protocols, and how they relate to lighting controls.
  • Attendees will learn how the latest advances in interoperability between Bluetooth and DALI technology adds value and extends use cases.
  • Attendees will learn about recent demonstration projects using the latest Bluetooth capabilities, such as extended range for outdoor and interoperability with DALI protocols.
  • Presenters will share what’s next for Bluetooth and DALI technology including the new Bluetooth NLC.


Carol Jones
Carol Jones
Market Development Manager, North America
DALI Alliance

As the NA Market Development Manager for the DALI Alliance, Carol continues her journey of bringing higher value digital lighting into reality. She is a 30+ year veteran of the lighting industry and has a strong track record of leveraging change through innovation and market transformation. Her journey began as a lighting specifier, after which she served as a researcher and program manager at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory for 17 years. She has held manufacturing positions ranging from front-end innovation to product management and marketing for controls and luminaire manufacturers large and small, and most recently is the owner of Beyond Light Consulting. Carol has also been involved with various standards development activities, professional associations and policy efforts throughout the duration of her career and is well-known as a speaker and author.

Henry Wong
Henry Wong
Senior Manager, Market Development
Bluetooth Special Interest Group

Henry Wong is responsible for market development at Bluetooth SIG, working with Bluetooth member companies and other influencers to identify opportunities in strategic markets and develops plans and programs to grow awareness of key Bluetooth development and adoption projects, such as networked lighting control, digital key, and broadcast audio.

Joining the Bluetooth SIG in 2020, Henry has an extensive background in IC design, product marketing, business development, product management, and product development. He is also an inventor who holds multiple patents.

Stephen Zhou
Stephen Zhou
Executive Vice President
McWong International

Stephen Zhou is responsible for overseeing McWong International’s daily operations, including several subsidiaries in Asia. In addition, he leads the cross-functional R&D team responsible for developing state-of-art smart wireless lighting control products that have won multiple industry awards. Zhou serves as Vice President of the US-China Railroad Friendship Association, a non-profit organization focusing on commemorating Chinese railroad workers’ contribution in building the first transcontinental railroad in the U.S. He is a long-time community activist with Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts of America. He holds an MBA from the Rawls College of Business, Texas Tech University and a B.S. from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in Shanghai. He serves on the DALI Alliance North American Working Group, and is fluent in English, Mandarin, Cantonese and Shanghai dialects.

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