Every year, the Bluetooth® community makes major strides in wireless innovation, overcoming challenges and creating an even stronger, more interoperable network of global connectivity. Here is a look back at some of the accomplishments the Bluetooth community achieved in 2019.

New Bluetooth Direction Finding Enhances Location Services

To meet the demand for even greater performance and more precise location services capabilities, the Bluetooth® member community added a new direction finding capability that brings a time-tested method for determining signal direction to proven, trusted Bluetooth technology.

This new feature holds the potential to significantly enhance the performance of Bluetooth location services solutions. Bluetooth direction finding enables Bluetooth devices to determine the direction of a Bluetooth signal, enabling the development of Bluetooth proximity solutions that can understand device direction and Bluetooth positioning systems that can achieve down to centimeter-level location accuracy. Examples of key application areas include item finding and point of interest (POI) information solutions, as well as real-time location and indoor positioning systems.

“Bluetooth has emerged as the technology of choice for location services.” 
Fabio Belloni, Quuppa

Download this paper, Enhancing Bluetooth Location Services with Direction Finding, to see how the new direction finding feature will enhance the performance of Bluetooth location services solutions.

Member Companies Prove the Long-Range Capabilities of Bluetooth

It’s a common misperception that Bluetooth® technology is only an effective solution for short-range applications. In truth, Bluetooth technology supports a wide spectrum of achievable ranges between two devices, providing developers tremendous flexibility. For years, companies have been developing and testing long-range Bluetooth solutions to meet various market needs. It’s been proven that a Bluetooth signal can be reliably received by another device more than a kilometer away.

Check out these videos and articles to see how leading innovators verify the extended range capabilities of Bluetooth technology. For a comprehensive overview of Bluetooth range as well as an interactive estimator that will help you calculate the expected range between two Bluetooth devices, visit: Understanding Bluetooth Range.

Bluetooth Paves the Way for Connected Lighting Platforms

With its capability to seamlessly connect tens, hundreds, or even thousands of devices on a single network, Bluetooth® mesh is quickly becoming a sought-after solution for device network infrastructures. With more than 400 qualified Bluetooth mesh products and a number of real-world implementations, Bluetooth mesh is making a big impact in the smart building market. Nowhere has this impact been more apparent than in connected lighting.

Just as smartphones incorporate the functions of multiple devices, from clocks to maps to cameras, Bluetooth enabled luminaires can combine multiple components that were traditionally thought of as separate. With Bluetooth enabled lighting, the radio, sensors, microprocessor, and controller are all built-in, allowing for the seamless creation of a full, multi-purpose device network built on a commercial lighting infrastructure. Beyond serving as a control platform for lighting, these luminaries can support a range of other Bluetooth enabled services, from asset tracking and wayfinding to point of interest information and space utilization.

“The value of additional services enabled by smart lighting is seven to ten times more valuable than the lighting controls and energy savings themselves.” 
Szymon Slupik, Silvair

Download this paper, Bluetooth Mesh Networking: Paving the Way for Smart Lighting, to discover how this innovative technology can turn wireless connectivity into a smart lighting wireless platform.

Bluetooth Trends Up in Emerging Markets

While Bluetooth® technology has played an integral role in traditional markets, like audio, automotive, and phones, tablets, and PCs, it also fills a critical role in emerging commercial and industrial markets around the world — from smart homes to smart buildings to smart cities.

According to the 2019 Bluetooth Market Update, which is supported by forecasts from ABI Research and insights from several other analyst firms, new trends in emerging Bluetooth markets show increased global adoption of Bluetooth technology across commercial and industrial sectors. All forecasts predict that Bluetooth technology will continue to power the expansion of emerging markets for the foreseeable future.

For a complete look at new trends and forecasts in emerging Bluetooth markets, as well as data and insights in traditional consumer markets, download the 2019 Bluetooth Market Update.

Location Services Use Cases Drive Operational Efficiency

Location services solutions now play an important role in driving efficiencies for a range of global facilities, tracking key assets and staff for manufacturers, hospitals, warehouses, and more. They’ve also supported new proximity marketing tools for retailers and are being used to support secure access control in commercial and industrial environments. As such, analysts predict that by 2023, more than 1.7 billion handsets will be actively engaged in Bluetooth location services.

Check out this infographic to see how Bluetooth® location services enhance building efficiencies and create a better visitor experience. Also, find out what’s driving the rapid adoption of location services solutions around the world.

To stay up to date on everything new with Bluetooth technology, subscribe to our email list so you don’t miss out on the latest Bluetooth releases, advancements, and use cases.

STAY INFORMED

Bluetooth Email Updates

Stay up-to-date on what’s new with Bluetooth, and get the resources you care about, from newly released papers and case studies to developer study guides, videos, and more. Subscribe to receive timely, relevant emails that won’t overfill your inbox.

SUBSCRIBE

2021 Bluetooth Market Update

Supported by updated forecasts from ABI Research and insights from several other analyst firms, the Bluetooth Market Update highlights the latest Bluetooth trends and forecasts.

Qualified Bluetooth Mesh - Unlocking the Value of the Building

Facilities managers are growing increasingly conscious that the buildings they manage need to be…

The Largest Bluetooth Mesh Lighting Control Installation in the World!

The project itself consisted of 3,685 Bluetooth mesh McWong TruBlu lighting controllers (installed in…

Location tracking in healthcare with the Quuppa Intelligent Locating System

Quuppa, a Real-Time Locating Systems (RTLS) provider based in Espoo, was founded in 2012…

Responding to In-Person Teaching Challenges with BLE Real-Time Location Services

Announcements regarding the reopening of schools have begun to appear regularly throughout the US.…

Pointr Webinar: How to Create Smart Buildings with Bluetooth® Location Services

One of the hottest topics this year is the deployment of location services and…

Back to normality

Chuck Sabin, senior director of market development at Bluetooth SIG, explains how Bluetooth Technology…

Sensor Technologies for Health, Wellness and Productivity

Navigating the landscape of COVID-19 recommendations and guidelines is a challenge for building owners…

Asset Tracking Post COVID-19: From Use Cases to Case Studies

In the wake of the pandemic, the need for businesses and government facilities to…

HubSense Effortlessly Turns An Existing Installation Into An Intelligent New Light Management System

When the antiquated lighting system in an office building in Kolding, Denmark, was no…

How Real-Time Location Services Build a Bridge to Post-COVID-19 Supply Chains

Real-time locating systems offer a way to bridge that gap, with savings and efficiencies…

Cost-Effective Solutions for End-to-End Manufacturing Visibility

Cost pressures on global manufacturers are enormous. Consolidations and driving toward higher efficiency have…

How Bluetooth® Technology is Enabling Safe Return Strategies in a COVID-19 Era

This report shares insight into how Bluetooth® technology is being leveraged by organizations of all sizes to…

Social Distancing by the Thousands: How our BT710 Makes it Easy

As more governments, schools, workplaces, and others explore options for resuming public life in…

How Wireless Technology Is Enabling the Adoption of Commercial Connected Lighting

This report on commercial connected lighting systems developed by Guidehouse Insights analysts shares perspectives…

Using Bluetooth to hunt murder hornets

The Washington Department of Agriculture has been trying to find murder hornet nests  to…

Understanding Reliability in Bluetooth® Technology

Download this detailed discussion of the issues and factors that impact the reliability of…

Energy and Cost Savings at Pioneer Markets in Mariposa and Waterford, California

Pioneer market is a family owned grocery business operating in Mariposa, California and Waterford,…

Extending an ENS to Support Wearable Devices

See how an ENS can better address population groups critical to managing a pandemic…

How to Deploy BlueZ on a Raspberry Pi Board as a Bluetooth Mesh Provisioner

This step-by-step study guide will teach you: How to rebuild the kernel on a…

Bluetooth Location Services

See 8 use cases for enhancing building efficiencies and creating a better visitor experience, discover new data that supports the latest trends and forecasts, and find out what’s driving the rapid adoption of location services solutions.

How to Make Wearables Bluetooth Mesh Provisioners

Learn how to create applications for smartwatches and other platforms that can monitor and control nodes in a Bluetooth mesh network.

Lighting as a Platform

See how connected lighting systems are being used as a platform to enable advanced building services like wayfinding, asset tracking, and space utilization to improve the ROI of smart building investments.

An Introduction to the Bluetooth Mesh Proxy Function

Learn how to create applications for smartphones and other platforms which can monitor and control nodes in a Bluetooth mesh network.