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

Bluetooth at CES : An IoT for Everyone

Bluetooth at CES and in 2017 - An IoT for Everyone Panel

This year, we had the privilege to host some of the top leaders from the associations, companies, standards, and technologies that are building the Internet of Things (IoT) in a three-panel speaking track at CES 2017. As the IoT continues to grow (and rapidly!), the fight to win the consumer is building un-scalable walls between use cases, crippling adoption, and limiting innovation. In our sessions, we focused on how to overcome these challenges by working together to put the consumer first. We... Continue Reading

Bluetooth Supports Rapid IoT Growth in China

With $14.4 trillion projected industry growth over the next decade and $1.7 trillion in the next five years there’s a lot of money to be made in the IoT! ABI Research also predicts there will be 14 billion Bluetooth devices by 2020 and China is helping it get there. With nearly all phones and tablets containing Bluetooth, consumers and enterprises have a ready user interface to the IoT. China Poised for Growth In the rapidly growing Chinese market, the IoT is poised to explode. I recently traveled... Continue Reading

Knock, Knock…Who’s There? Your Key to a Safer Property

Ever been in a situation where a family member or your roommate calls in a panic because they forgot a house key and the only solution is to leave a key under the mat?We’re sure this or something similar has happened to all of us. This is definitely risky as it can potentially lead to an intruder entering the house and stealing your stuff. Swissprime Makes a Smart Home Safer So what’s the solution? Swissprime Technologies, one of the companies at our Discover Blue: London event, demoed an interesting... Continue Reading

Bluetooth 5 Rocks Discover Blue: London


Discover Blue Hits LondonAt the Bluetooth SIG, we talk a lot about how Bluetooth technology opens up more possibilities for companies and developers to build an accessible and interoperable Internet of Things (IoT). Which is why it’s always exciting when our Discover Blue media events roll around and we actually get to see and play with the cool IoT gadgets and solutions that our members are creating.Discover Blue hit London for the third time in the UK. Eight of EMEA’s most innovative SIG member... Continue Reading

John Oliver Questions Outdated 9-1-1 Call Centers; Bluetooth is the Answer

John Oliver Questions Outdated 9-1-1 Call Centers; Bluetooth is the Answer

One of the most exciting parts of working with the Bluetooth SIG is seeing our member companies use Bluetooth technology to create innovative solutions that address real-world issues. It’s even more exciting when these topics come up on amazing shows like Last Week Tonight, with John Oliver. Recently, the long-form comegy news show tackled the need for improved technology to aid first responders and we shouted at the TV, “Bluetooth does that!”More specifically, BeaconOutlets (formerly called SmarterSockets) Continue Reading

Mesh and Bluetooth: A Smart Combination

Mesh and Bluetooth: A Smart Combination

When the Bluetooth SIG released its technology roadmap for 2016 and beyond a few months ago, it caused quite a stir. With longer range, faster speed and mesh networking on the map, we could see a complete shift in many verticals including the smart home, industrial automation, location-based services and smart infrastructure.Mesh networking is definitely the hottest topic of conversation. Steve Hegenderfer recently spoke at National Hardware Show in Las Vegas with GE on why the smart home industry... Continue Reading

Bluetooth in the Smart Home and the Things That Build It


National Hardware Show is a New Home for BluetoothI just got back from the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas. It was big…I mean REALLY big. Think of it as the CES of hardware—and when I say hardware, I mean things you use to actually build structures or hammer in a nail. Think of it as the place where Lowes, ACE, Home Depot, and every other do-it-yourself store sends buyers, as well as larger contracting companies who need to procure equipment for their jobs. Everything was at this show, including... Continue Reading

Build it with Bluetooth Developer Studio

Build it with Bluetooth Developer Studio

 Bluetooth Developer Studio is a free profile design tool which the Bluetooth SIG released last year.It’s much more than just a profile design tool. It can generate codefor peripherals and smartphones, help you test your implementation, produce reports and is backed by an online repository into which you can publish your profile design to share it with others.Code generation is a key feature and uses a library of “plug-in” components which each generate code for a specific target platform. You can... Continue Reading

Putting the Smart in Smart Home with Bluetooth

Putting the Smart in Smart Home with Bluetooth

The Internet of Things is radically redefining what it means to be connected. It will present unmissable, undreamt-of possibilities for businesses all over the world. Gartner predicts that the typical family home could contain as many as 500 ‘smart devices’ by 2022. Most of these devices will have the power to communicate wirelessly using the de facto low power technology of Bluetooth.On 12-13 April, at London ExCeL, Martin Woolley, technical program manager at the Bluetooth SIG will offer his Bluetooth... Continue Reading