One key reason for the success of Bluetooth technology is that it has always strived to provide developers with complete wireless connectivity solutions. More than just a radio technology, Bluetooth provides full stack, fit-for-purpose solutions aimed at addressing specific connectivity needs. As a result, if you’re a developer looking to stream audio between devices, transfer data between devices, build a location service solution, or create a large device network, Bluetooth is your best option.
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The original device of the wireless audio market, Bluetooth headsets are now a must-have accessory for mobile phones. New high-performing solutions allow you to make and receive calls in the office or on the go while also providing options for a premium music experience.
Whether it’s a high-fidelity entertainment system in the home or a portable option for the beach or park, there’s a speaker of every imaginable shape and size to meet your specific need. Even if that happens to be in the pool.
A mainstay in the automotive market, Bluetooth technology is in more than 90% of new cars sold today. Bluetooth wireless accessibility can improve driver safety and enhance the in-car entertainment experience.
The P2P topology available on Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) is used for one-to-one (1:1) device communications and is optimized very low power data transfer, making it ideal for connected device products such as fitness trackers and health monitors.
Sports & Fitness Devices
Bluetooth LE data transfer capability makes it possible to equip all types of sports and fitness equipment with wireless connectivity. Today, Bluetooth solutions span from basic fitness tracking to sophisticated devices that help fine tune the performance of professional athletes.
Health & Wellness Devices
From toothbrushes and blood pressure monitors to portable ultrasound and x-ray imaging systems, Bluetooth technology helps people track and improve their overall wellbeing while making it easier for healthcare professionals to provide quality care.
PC Peripherals & Accessories
A driving force behind Bluetooth is freeing you from wires. From laptops to smartphones, the devices you interface with each day rapidly evolve. Whether it’s a keyboard, trackpad, or mouse, thanks to Bluetooth, you no longer need wires to stay connected.
The broadcast, P2P, and mesh topologies available on the Bluetooth LE radio are being leveraged by developers to create powerful, low-cost location services solutions. These include proximity solutions used for point of interest (PoI) information and item finding as well as positioning systems such as real-time locating systems (RTLS) for asset and people tracking and indoor positioning systems (IPS) used for wayfinding.
Point of Interest Information
Retailers adopted point-of-interest (PoI) information beacons early, but Smart Cities are now discovering many ways these beacons can improve the quality of life for citizens and enhance the visitor experience. For example, PoI information beacons are being broadly deployed within museums and along city walking tours.
A growing number of consumers are attaching Bluetooth tags to keys, wallets, purses and other personal property. When an item with a tag is misplaced, the user simply launches an application on their smartphone to locate it.
Bluetooth is powering rapid growth in RTLS solutions used for both asset tracking and people tracking. For example, these solutions locate and track the position of pallets, forklifts, and workers in a warehouse, or ultrasound machines and patients in a hospital, helping to ensure safety and optimize response time in an emergency.
Bluetooth indoor positioning systems (IPS) have quickly become the standard way to overcome the indoor coverage challenges of GPS. Bluetooth IPS solutions for wayfinding are now commonly found at major venues including airports, train stations, and stadiums to help visitors navigate their way through complex facilities.
Large-Scale Device Networks
The Bluetooth LE mesh topology option enables many-to-many (m:m) device communications and is optimized for creating large-scale device networks. Bluetooth mesh is ideally suited for control, monitoring, and automation systems where tens, hundreds, or thousands of devices need to reliably and securely communicate with one another.
Due to its scale, reliability, performance, and security advantages, Bluetooth mesh is quickly being adopted as the wireless communications platform of choice in a number of control systems, including lighting control solutions for the Smart Building and Smart Industry markets.
The wireless sensor network (WSN) market is growing fast, and Bluetooth mesh is set to play a key role. Smart Buildings are deploying large scale light, temperature, humidity, and occupancy sensor networks to improve employee productivity and lower building operating costs through condition monitoring. In the Smart Industry market, manufacturing companies are deploying large scale WSNs to monitor the health, condition and maintenance requirements of production equipment to reduce unplanned downtime.
Building automation is the automatic, centralized control of a building’s essential systems, including heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), lighting, and security. Bluetooth enables building automation solutions that harness energy savings, lower operating costs, and improve the life span of a building’s core systems.