Bluetooth is transforming the way people connect, work, create and play.
We live and work in a connected world, powered by the seamless exchange of data between billions of devices and sensors. As the advance of the Internet of Things (IoT) accelerates, Bluetooth® technology is enabling a global vision to connect more devices in more places—from mobile phones to automobiles, medical equipment to manufacturing plants and fulfillment centers.
The Bluetooth brand is globally recognizable with up to 92% consumer awareness.
Today, more than 30,000 companies innovate thousands of products with Bluetooth functionality each year, with more than 8.2 billion Bluetooth products in use. Driven by new technical enhancements launching in early 2017, ABI Research forecasts a flood of new Bluetooth-enabled devices, with an average of half a billion per year through 2021—that’s more than five billion innovative new Bluetooth products each year across a broad range of consumer, enterprise and commercial markets. In fact, Bluetooth will be integrated into an estimated one-third of all installed IoT devices by 2020.
Positioned to lead the next wave of IoT innovation
2016 marks a new era in Bluetooth-powered wireless innovation, building on the wave of low-powered Bluetooth applications in market, from wearables to smart home devices. Bluetooth 5 transforms wireless connectivity, delivering a four-fold increase in range, twice the transmission speed, and a powerful 800% boost in broadcasting capacity—all with the low-energy efficiency introduced in Bluetooth 4.2. With support for mesh networking and Internet protocol, Bluetooth 5 expands the IoT universe, including beacon-enabled large scale networks.
Innovations across a broad range of uses are just on the horizon. Medical monitoring devices will transfer data, such as blood pressure and blood glucose levels, faster and farther to hospital and critical care staff. Bluetooth-powered mesh networks will enable the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), creating “umbrella” coverage in manufacturing plants to track machine health in real-time. And, for consumers, new categories of “smart” products, embedded with Bluetooth sensors, will relay anything from the speed of a baseball to required maintenance on a home appliance. The possibilities are nearly endless.
Learn more about how Bluetooth works, where to find it across markets, and reasons to innovate using Bluetooth technology. And visit our blog to discover some of the latest Bluetooth products making the news.
Bluetooth SIG works to ensure interoperability
Bluetooth technology is built upon a core specification and layered with different services. The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) is the caretaker and creator of the core specification and services. Our Working Groups ensure the specification and services work to the highest interoperability standards so consumers can know, with confidence, their Bluetooth products simply work.
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