Bluetooth Use Cases and Case Studies
In his presentation, Afaneh cites a few examples and case studies that showcase the flexibility for Bluetooth® technology across several demanding IoT environments.
The Largest Bluetooth Mesh Lighting Control Installation in the World spans 17 floors of an office building with 3,685 Bluetooth mesh lighting controllers. This installation has no single point of failure and uses the publish/subscribe message pattern to allow facility managers to add or remove mesh nodes without affecting the overall functionality of the network or causing and downtime.
Bluetooth beacons is another popular use case for Bluetooth technology. Beacons are small Bluetooth devices that typically only transmit data. The two most well-known use cases for Bluetooth beacons are indoor navigation solutions where GPS is limited and commercial and consumer sensor tags used to track or locate valuable items.
Quuppa partnered with Wisehockey to create a real-time system for tracking hockey players and the hockey puck. This system also allows for the collection of sensor data from player heart rates to body temperatures. Williot developed a battery-free Bluetooth tag powered through energy harvesting. Afaneh says that this tag is designed to be extremely low cost, so much so that it can be used to tracked disposable items such as a carton of milk or eggs.
Bluetooth LE Audio
One of the most exciting innovations of Bluetooth® technology is Bluetooth LE Audio. This next generation of Bluetooth audio will support a brand-new set of exciting features and use cases for wireless audio, including Auracast™ broadcast audio.
“Another great use case is being able to listen to audio in different languages, streaming it directly to your earbuds.”
Auracast™ broadcast audio will support personal and location-based audio sharing. Personal audio sharing allows you to share your listening and viewing experience with others around you. With location-based audio sharing, you will be able to tune into audio being broadcast from TVs in airports, hospital waiting rooms, gyms, sports bars, and more, directly streaming that audio into your Bluetooth earbuds.
“Another great use case is being able to listen to audio in different languages, streaming it directly to your earbuds,” said Afaneh. “Whether that’s from public TVs, conferences, or even watching movies and cinemas and theaters.”
Afaneh says that while no technology is a one-size-fits-all solution, Bluetooth technology has adapted to provide developers with high flexibility and is continuously expanding into new markets and verticals.
Check out these developer resources to learn more about how Bluetooth technology provides a comprehensive tool set for developers.