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

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

3 Ways Bluetooth Mesh is Inherently Secure

Security in Bluetooth mesh networking is mandatory because breaches in IoT systems could be catastrophic

Security is a reoccurring concern with new and even existing technologies, especially as we draw closer to the Internet of Things (IoT). Benefits like flexibility, energy efficiency, and interoperability are moot if user and provider data is at risk. While most technologies boast enhanced levels of security, what does that mean in a Bluetooth mesh network? Security is at the heart of the Bluetooth mesh networking design, and its use is mandatory with every packet encrypted and authenticated. In... Continue Reading

Bluetooth Mesh is Disrupting the IoT

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In July 2017, the Bluetooth mesh specification was released, unleashing the incredible potential of many-to-many communications that will enable homes, offices, factories, and cities to move beyond being simply connected to being truly smart. Since its adoption, several articles and performance studies have been released that take a deeper look into the inner workings and inherent benefits of a Bluetooth mesh network. "We expect Bluetooth mesh to become as ubiquitous as all other Bluetooth connectivity... Continue Reading

Cultivate Trust in Your Tech

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Bluetooth technology revolutionized the wireless industry, ushered in the global beacon revolution, and redefined how you connect to your devices and with others. More than 3 billion Bluetooth enabled devices ship every year, establishing new markets and pushing the limits of wireless communication worldwide. For most consumers, knowing a product includes Bluetooth technology can positively impact purchasing decisions. A recent Bluetooth brand equity study, conducted by Lux Insights, Inc. on consumer... Continue Reading

Bluetooth Mesh Shows Wireless Connectivity in a Whole New Light

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Wired lighting infrastructures have a history of providing dependability that, until recently, wireless networks couldn’t match. And while there are other benefits to installing a wired network, many of today’s wireless platforms—especially those supported by a Bluetooth mesh network—ensure greater flexibility and extensibility at a reduced cost. Wired vs Wireless Advancements in wireless connectivity make it hard to justify choosing a wired infrastructure over a wireless platform. An argument could... Continue Reading

Wireless Innovators Receive Bluetooth Working Group Awards

Working groups are the driving force behind Bluetooth wireless technology, delivering innovations that make the promise of the Internet of Things (IoT) a reality. Working group members collaborate to define new specifications and enhance adopted specs, which determine the functionality and interoperability of future wireless devices. This year, the 2017 Bluetooth Working Group Summit saw record registration and attendance. Working Group members had an opportunity to hold comprehensive face-to-face... Continue Reading

Why Apple and Samsung are Using Bluetooth 5

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It’s been less than a year since the adoption of the Bluetooth 5 core specification, and we’re already seeing widespread use in flagship devices from the world’s two most-recognized smartphone vendors. Samsung’s Galaxy S8, S8+, and Galaxy Note 8, along with Apple iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and iPhone X, are leveraging Bluetooth 5 to deliver the best in wireless connectivity. “It’s faster, has longer range, and can transfer more information,” said Jon Mundy from Trusted Reviews. “Perhaps most excitingly, Continue Reading