Avi-on is built on a new technology called Bluetooth Smart Mesh: schedules and programs live on the devices, and the Internet is optional.
Avi-on is a distributed architecture where the schedules and programs live on the devices. That means that once you have programmed a switch with sunrise/sunset, groups or other functionality, they work 24/7--without access to the Internet or your smartphone. You can see a diagram of distributed architecture in this FAQ about Bluetooth Smart + Mesh, Avi-on's underlying technology.
Because Avi-on is locally controlled using the phone or tablet's Bluetooth radio, schedules and programs can only be accessed when you are in range of your Avi-on devices.
If you would like to access your devices anytime, anywhere, you can get an Avi-on Remote Access Bridge (RAB). The RAB connects your local bluetooth network to Avi-on cloud services using your wifi router. The RAB adds a bunch of cool capabilities including:
- Turn on and off your devices from anywhere
- Automatically re synch your clocks in the event of a power outage
- Create and set up groups, schedules, etc. from anywhere
- Creates cloud connectivity to enable cool things like Amazon Alexa support. More coming soon!
Get one at Avi-on.com
During 2016, we will add the Avi-on Remote Access Bridge, and you will be able to change schedules on products from anywhere in the world.