How does Bluetooth technology help you meet major market challenges?
One of our new Bluetooth® enabled starter kits reduces the complexity and pain points of bringing PoCs to market quickly and resourcing efficiently. Customers can test out ecosystems in real environments, using sensor and gateway hardware from one vendor, all bridged securely to AWS Cloud services for actionable data decision making and analysis. Factors, such as the real-world performance of LE Coded v 1 MPHY, can be tested to look at benefits and tradeoffs for range in harsh environments and whether the data being generated can bring real business value to the company.
This starter kit helps promote Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) as a key wireless technology for true industrial applications, such as opening up Bluetooth connectivity on the factory floor with the enablement of a new range of devices like drives, valves, and other manufacturing sensors/equipment.
Why is interoperability critical for this project?
Laird Connectivity has been integrating Bluetooth® technology into multi-wireless solutions for many years – wireless interoperability is nothing new for us, whether internal to the device in co-location or with the external connectivity to other wireless devices. As an example, one of our newest gateways incorporates Bluetooth technology, dual-band Wi-Fi, and, shortly, LTE CAT wireless connectivity plus wired connectivity in serial, USB, and Ethernet – all potentially connecting to a myriad of different third-party wireless devices.
In terms of interoperability between our Bluetooth devices with other Bluetooth devices – this is not something we face any challenges on – it is a simple, clear given from utilizing Bluetooth SIG certified hardware and software. It simply must work, and it does.
What role do you see Bluetooth playing in emerging markets?
With extended range capabilities in the latest Bluetooth® specifications, we are seeing new opportunities for Bluetooth connectivity in industrial applications. With Bluetooth Mesh networking capabilities, OEMs can create wireless mesh networks that extend the reach of messages by relaying them from node to node in a large group of connected devices. Bluetooth Mesh networks are well suited for smart lighting and factory-automation applications.
The additional strengths of Bluetooth connectivity at long range (Coded PHY support) mean that Bluetooth signals can travel further and enable wireless communication for constrained, hard-to-reach equipment within factory floors and manufacturing plants. These enhanced capabilities now open industrial equipment, such as pumps, valves, and drives for wireless connectivity.