While Bluetooth® connectivity is most readily known for its short-range wireless capabilities, for years, innovators around the globe have used the latest versions of Bluetooth specifications to create long-range wireless solutions. And while I could provide a list of reasons why Bluetooth technology is a good choice for ensuring reliable connections at greater distances, there’s no better proof than the analysis and tests conducted by the companies creating these long-range innovations.

Check out the articles, case studies, and test reports below that explore the full potential of Bluetooth range. And for a full list of all range resources, visit our Resource Center.

Texas Instruments

Article: How Does Bluetooth 5 Increase the Achievable Range of a Bluetooth Low Energy Connection?

Bluetooth technology is no longer a wireless protocol just for personal area networks (PAN). Three new data rates have been added to the spec, two of which are specifically tailored to increase the range of…Read more.

Nordic Semiconductor

Article: Things You Should Know About Bluetooth Range

If you’re considering using Bluetooth technology, here’s an outline of the primary factors that determine the effective range of Bluetooth communications, plus some ways to improve it with networking. This article is now updated with the addition of…Read more.

Article: Tested by Nordic: Bluetooth Long Range

We demystify the long-range capabilities of Bluetooth Low Energy with a range test you can repeat for yourself. Before the launch of Bluetooth 5, there was just one way to increase range in your Bluetooth Low Energy product: By increasing radio…Read more.

Silicon Labs

White Paper: Bluetooth 5, Refined for the IoT

This whitepaper introduces the new features of Bluetooth 5 technology and how they enable the next wave of IoT applications. The hallmark features of Bluetooth 5 include twice the speed, four times range, and eight times the advertising capacity for long…Read more.

Quuppa

Article: Bluetooth for RTLS: Coverage vs Range

Unfortunately, the deployment of Bluetooth solutions is hindered by a common misconception about the technology: that Bluetooth is just a Wireless Personal Area Network (WPAN) technology and the distance between the transmitter and receiver is…Read more.

u-blox

Article: Seven Reasons Why Bluetooth is Perfect for the Industrial IoT

Amid all the excitement around Bluetooth in the consumer space, the fact that it’s also incredibly well‑suited for smart industrial use gets less attention. We wanted to shine a light on this, so have come up with seven reasons…Read more.

Article: Bluetooth: Tried and Tested in the Harshest Environments

The technology has reinvented itself time and again, most recently with the release of the Bluetooth 5 specifications in December 2016, augmenting its feature set and strengthening its position to serve new use cases. But what…Read more.

UnSeen Technologies 

Test Report: Bluetooth 5 – Real-Life Test Report

This whitepaper contains information about the new Bluetooth 5 wireless technology and about testing the operating range in real life. The report includes the following information: How Bluetooth 5 boosts the wireless connection operating range, tools to…Read more.

Fanstel

Test Report: Bluetooth Range Measurement and Recommendation for Deployment

When a Bluetooth signal is reflected by a surface inside the first Fresnel zone, it arrives at the receiver out of phase with the direct Bluetooth signal, reducing the signal amplitude. If there is no obstruction inside 60%…Read more.

Laird Connectivity

Test Report: Laird Range Testing

Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) is designed for use within Personal Area Networks (PANs) utilizing a Bluetooth v5 and feature called LE coded; Bluetooth LE connections are now capable of a much greater range than…Read more.

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Building a Sensor-Driven Lighting Control System Based on Bluetooth® Mesh

A technical examination of which Bluetooth mesh models to use in different types of…

Why Bluetooth Sensors are a Popular Choice for Helping Businesses Meet Reopening Regulations

Rigado’s wireless edge technologies and secure large-scale networks power more than 6 million connected devices for…

Bluetooth Technology Provides a Unique Solution for Helping Businesses Reopen During COVID-19

A global innovator of indoor location services, Kontakt.io leverages Bluetooth® beacon technology to help…

How a Post-Covid World Can Be Safer with Location Technology

As stay-at-home orders and business closures extend, a lot of us are starting to…

How Smart Factory Can Help You During Covid

The COVID-19 epidemic has brought many things to the forefront. Among them are the…

Location Infrastructure Installer’s Guide Part 1: Deploying RTLS Solutions (Gateway Infrastructure)

There is no one-size-fits-all plan when it comes to the infrastructures that support indoor…

Workplace Distancing and Contact Tracing

The recent COVID-19 outbreak has put pressure on businesses with partial and full office…

Why Bluetooth Technology is the Clear Choice for Safe Reopening Solutions

A global innovator of indoor location solutions, Pointr helps businesses create immersive location experiences…

POM Tracer Ensures Workplace Safety with Contact Tracing Solutions from Laird Connectivity

POM Tracer was looking to create an easy-to-implement product that would allow businesses and…

“Back to Work” Solutions - Explained

In this report, we share a detailed technical analysis of technologies available to enable…

An Introduction to Bluetooth Mesh for Developers

Bluetooth mesh networking enables secure networks of tens of thousands of devices. It was…

Bluetooth Low Energy – Revolutionizing Connectivity for the IoT

As the IoT market continues to grow exponentially, connectivity requirements have also evolved, driving…

Multi-vendor Bluetooth Mesh SSL projects benefit warehouse and factory settings

Yamaha warehouse and Crystal bottled water facility leverage Bluetooth Mesh to slash energy use…

150,000 Sq Ft Facility With Bluetooth Mesh Luminaires

The customer – one of the most popular bottled water providers in the US,…

Advantages of Wireless Human-Machine Interface (HMI) for Industrial Automation

In comparison to today’s consumer products that offer enhanced connectivity and a more immersive…

Researchers design Bluetooth enabled stethoscope with a 50-foot range to help healthcare practitioners stay safe

To protect both patients and practitioners, BYU nursing and technology professors collaborated to design…

Dyer Engineering Installs Location Tracking to Manage Workflows at Sites

Dyer Engineering is an innovative group of fabrication and machining businesses with wide-ranging capabilities…

Smart lighting as a platform – ‘Suddenly you can attack this 70% inefficiency’

The case to connect lighting is clear enough. The arithmetic for cities says remote…

2020 Bluetooth Market Update

Supported by updated forecasts from ABI Research and insights from several other analyst firms, the Bluetooth Market Update highlights the latest Bluetooth trends and forecasts.

Bluetooth Location Services

See 8 use cases for enhancing building efficiencies and creating a better visitor experience, discover new data that supports the latest trends and forecasts, and find out what’s driving the rapid adoption of location services solutions.

2019 Bluetooth Market Update

Supported by updated forecasts from ABI Research and insights from several other analyst firms, the Bluetooth Market Update highlights the latest Bluetooth trends and forecasts.

Lighting as a Platform

See how connected lighting systems are being used as a platform to enable advanced building services like wayfinding, asset tracking, and space utilization to improve the ROI of smart building investments.

An Introduction to the Bluetooth Mesh Proxy Function

Learn how to create applications for smartphones and other platforms which can monitor and control nodes in a Bluetooth mesh network.

Build a Smarter Building with Blue

See how Bluetooth increases reliability, reduces costs, and enhances your smart building ROI.

An Introduction to Bluetooth Beacons

Learn how to build your own Bluetooth beacon or integrate beacon technology into your existing products and apps.