Glossary: B

BAN
Acronym for Body Area Network.
BIM
Acronym for Building Information Modeling.
BLE
Abbreviation for Bluetooth Low Energy.
BMS
Short for Building Management System.
BYOD
Acronym for Bring Your Own Device.
Beacons
Low-cost devices that broadcast a unique identifier using BLE. 
Big Data
Data sets that are so large that they cannot be utilized with traditional database tools. 
Blockchain
A distributed database, based on a ledger of transactions, that powers cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. 
Bluetooth LE
Shorthand for Bluetooth Low Energy.
Bluetooth Low Energy
A version of the wireless communications standard that optimizes battery life. 
Bluetooth Mesh
The extension of BLE technology into a mesh topology, extending the range of Bluetooth by having network traffic hop from node to node. 
Body Area Network
A wireless network of wearable computing devices and physiological sensors, which may even be embedded inside the body. 
Botnet
A collection of devices infected with malware that can be coordinated to perform tasks in massive volumes. 
Brick
Slang term for accidentally rendering a device inoperable by changing its configuration or shorting one of its circuits. 
BrickerBot
A variation of IoT malware that "bricks" the affected device, rendering it useless. 
Brillo
An underlying operating system for the IoT developed by Google, supporting Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Low Energy, and Android-based things. 
Bring Your Own Device
Enterprise term recognizing that people are bringing their own Wi-Fi enabled devices into corporate networks.
Building Information Modeling
The creation and management of a digital representation of the functions and structures for a facility. 
Building Management System
Consisting of both software and hardware, a BMS monitors and control's a building's electrical and mechanical equipment such as HVAC, illumination and access control. 
BusyBox
Frequently used in embedded devices, BusyBox is a single-file collection of tiny versions of common UNIX utilities. 

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