From Prototype to Global Standard—Celebrating 20 Years of Market Creation

The Bluetooth SIG kicked off the year with its 20th anniversary celebration, marking two decades of next-generation wireless innovation. Formed in 1998, the Bluetooth SIG started with a handful of companies focused on wire replacement for mobile voice and data. Today more than 33,000 member companies are part of an organization dedicated to perfecting and advancing a flexible, reliable, and secure wireless connection solution. “Since its inception, Bluetooth has continuously evolved, expanding the... Continue Reading

Web Bluetooth – The Time is Now

Some time ago, I wrote an article for the Bluetooth blog about a technology known as Web Bluetooth. I'm increasingly convinced of the importance of Web Bluetooth and shine a light on its significance and potential once again in this article. I've also created a downloadable, multi-part tutorial for developers with which you can learn exactly how to use the API and put your knowledge into practice by building a real, working Web Bluetooth application. You can download the tutorial now or follow the... Continue Reading

Bluetooth Developer Starter Kit 5.0

Developers wishing to learn about Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) and to get some hands-on experience should look no further than the Bluetooth Developer Starter Kit. The starter kit provides an introduction to the basic theory of Bluetooth LE, as well as extensive, hands-on coding experience. The kit consists of several coding projects (known as labs) covering both client and server Bluetooth devices. Completion of a server and a client lab creates a full working system which enables the client to keep... Continue Reading

The Rise of Beacon Technology

As we look ahead to the new year, it's worth reflecting on some of the advancements in Bluetooth beacon technology. 2017 was a big year for beacons as we started seeing them being regularly deployed in facilities that impact our everyday lives. Already beacons are broadcasting in stadiums, universities, train stations, and popular retail locations, helping visitors navigate their surroundings and enhancing the overall customer experience.   Last month, we posted an article looking at how a major... Continue Reading

Answers to Your Questions About Bluetooth Mesh

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In our recent webinar: What Makes Bluetooth Mesh So Disruptive?, Bluetooth SIG Mesh Working Group Chair Szymon Slupik from Silvair, Inc. provided a unique look into the development of the Bluetooth mesh specifications. In this webinar, Slupik also explained why the creation of this Bluetooth standard will lead to massive disruption in building automation, wireless sensor networks, asset tracking, and more. The webinar prompted more than 100 great questions from our live audience and, since we didn’t... Continue Reading

Bluetooth Mesh Networking: The Packet

There are many reasons to believe that Bluetooth mesh networking will be the most successful  low-power IoT standard. Its V1.0 delivers much more than anybody anticipated. It has all essential ingredients, including an extremely deep and flexible application layer (addressed in the Mesh Model and Mesh Device Properties specifications). Before it changes the way things around us communicate, let’s find out what makes this new global technology so revolutionary. There are many novel and unique concepts... Continue Reading

Lighting as a Platform Part 2: Creating the Smart Building

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In a truly smart building, lights can be much more than just lights. These buildings are supported by lighting systems that have the potential to act as a distributed network of small computers and are capable of hosting all sorts of other applications, enabling the creation of true smart building services. Inherent interoperability, fundamental device behaviour models, and value-added capabilities are all critical to making the concept of the true smart building a reality. In part 1, we explored... Continue Reading

Lighting as a Platform Part 1: What It Is and Why You Should Care

Mesh Network in Office

In the world of the smart building, smart has real meaning. Creating buildings whose performance is optimised with respect to a variety of goals and which meet the increasingly challenging demands of building and energy efficiency regulations is a tough job these days. Energy use must be minimised and operating costs kept low. Conditions which enhance the work environment for employees, so that they too can perform at their best, must be brought about. And the only way to accomplish all of this... Continue Reading

Medical Smart Jacket Brings Mothers Hope

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According to a 2016 UNICEF release, pneumonia kills half a million children under five in sub-Saharan Africa every year. “Many of those deaths are because of misdiagnosis,” says Brian Turyabagye, Uganda graduate and co-designer of MamaOpe Pneumonia kit. “In the villages and remote areas, children get sick – and the first reaction is to treat them for malaria. Most people are aware of malaria, and the signs for malaria and pneumonia are very similar, so it is difficult for health professionals to... Continue Reading

Bluetooth Beacons are on Target with a Major Retailer

Bluetooth beacon technology has taken off in a big way. From stadiums to airports, from universities to retail outlets, beacons can help you navigate localized areas similar to the way GPS helps you navigate the larger world. Recently, Target announced that it is updating their app to support Bluetooth beacon technology. “We’re working on new ways to blend digital technology with stores to enhance the shopping experience,” said Mike McNamara, Target chief information and digital officer. How Beacons... Continue Reading