Currently, mobile communications, WiFi and Bluetooth wireless technology have been widely used in intelligent networking products, including automotive, smart home, smart buildings and wearable equipment, interactive changes between human and objects, objects and objects. Among these, the Bluetooth technology is playing an increasingly important role, the market grows year by year. A research by IHSTechnology shows , Bluetooth devices 2015 shipments will reach three billion units and is expected to exceed 4.4 billion units within four years. To 2018, as the entrace to important personal information to internet of things, nearly 96 % mobile phone will be equipped with Bluetooth technology.
Several factors drive the market to grow
"This is mainly due to the popularity of the Bluetooth technology on smartphones." Regarding the reasons for the rapid development of Bluetooth technology, in the recently held Asia Congress 2015 Bluetooth on. MarkPowell, the Bluetooth SIG CEO expressed ,as a great networking connectivity technologies, the advantages of bluetooth technology results from its promotion of technology, brand, Bluetooth SIG and the high market share.
In MarkPowell opinion, BluetoothSmart lowers power consumption, lowers cost, safer, more reliable, and a higher degree of interoperability. Meanwhile, the Bluetooth brand has been highly recognized by the market and consumers, and the vast majority of things hub devices such as mobile phones, tablet computers are equipped with Bluetooth. All these illustrate Bluetooth technology is the best wireless connectivity technology and it is an important technology for the Internet of Things.
Specific aspects of the smart home, main advantages of Bluetooth is : low power consumption, could be unplugged for easy placement of various small parts such as sensors and the like; compatibility, now supports all major operating systems; customization, friendly to developers , short development cycle.
About Bluetooth and WiFi performance in the smart home , MarkPowell expresses they both have their own strengths, is a complementary relationship, Wi-Fi more or undertake high-bandwidth data transmission business.
Based on these advantages, the future of Bluetooth technology push internet of things , development of smart home. Data shows that shipment volumes of Bluetooth equipped devices and wireless technology equipped devices is 3.1 billion against 2.3 billion now and is expected to be 4.4 billion against 3.5 billion by 2019 calendar year.
In the aspects of mainstream market , MarkPowell expected from 2014 to 2019, with the support of Bluetooth technology products, consumer electronics will grow by 20% , health and fitness classes will increase by 59%, retail trade will grow by 85%, while intelligent home category will grow by 106%.
The pace of technological innovation with the times
Bluetooth technology upgrade has not stopped. Bluetooth 4.2 is the most recent specification updates, support for multiple Internet connections IPv6 / 6LoWPAN or BluetoothSmart gateway, improved privacy permissions, energy efficiency, security, performance and throughput speed packet capacity, let Bluetooth smarter, faster, become a deal wireless technology for internet of things. During the 2015 Asia Congress Bluetooth, Bluetooth 4.2 core specification of the first applications are already available.
MarkPowell said that in all Internets of things in the future, whether it is the home scene or industrial, retail and building, all the objects are to achieve interoperability. Connected via Bluetooth technology can create more intelligent IP service on the basis of existing infrastructure, without the use of smart phones , it could achieve interconnection among objects.
"The industry is looking forward under the guidance of the Bluetooth SIG, global industry partners join hands to promote the realization of smart things." MarkPowell introduced. He also said that since announcement of establishment of the working group of BluetoothSmartMesh in Feb. this year, Bluetooth SIG is working with members to develop global standards and definitions BluetoothSmart BluetoothSmartMesh mesh network functional requirements.
With the growth in the home BluetoothSmart sensor applications, mesh network also will become an integrated component that allows the use of Bluetooth technology, smart locks, lighting control, HVAC (HVAC) systems, and household appliances can work together for the consumer to bring seamless smart home experience. BluetoothSmartMesh Working Group will build infrastructure, boost BluetoothSmart technology standardization mesh networking capabilities.
According to MarkPowell introduction, SmartMesh Working Group is expected later this year, the specifications of the prototype test, expected in 2016 formally adopted the relevant configuration file, so that will create new opportunities to expand through Bluetooth networking applications.
In addition, to ensure that developers have the most efficient tools, and training them how to create products in Asia Conference 2015 Bluetooth, Bluetooth SIG introduced a new standard brand DeveloperStudio, so that all developers can use a lot of software development tools , fast learning Bluetooth, create Bluetooth. MarkPowell also said, beta version DeveloperStudio will be released in the coming months.
Grab the vertical field of development opportunities
Bluetooth Congress Asia 2015 brings together many domestic and foreign members, including chip plant, terminal factory, Internet companies, including startups, to discuss the opportunities and challenges of Bluetooth technology in the intelligent building, smart home and other areas, including millet, Huawei, Tencent and other enterprises.
Meanwhile, STMicroelectronics, NXP, Broadcom, CSR, dialog, etc. There are more than 40 manufacturers to participate in the General Assembly during the exhibition, on display from the chip, module, solutions, cloud services and terminal equipment (Figure).
Bluetooth access point, as many devices already have the ability to serve as the core of smart home technology. "Bluetooth SIG member companies look forward and help the development of the smart home market together, so that the smart home a reality." MarkPowell finally said.