Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) has become a key building block for the Internet of Things, and chip makers are working to make it an even better fit by using the technology to further reduce power consumption of devices and helping developers implement it.Applications have been a key ingredient in making smartphones a huge success. Vendors are hoping to repeat that recipe for IoT, with semiconductor companies such as ST Microelectronics coming up with tools to make BLE, a set of specifications for reduced-power wireless networking, easier for developers to use.
This whole smart lock business was just a blip only a couple of years ago and now there are about a couple dozen makers in the category. I did a thorough review of the CES 2015 exhibitor roster and found at least 14 makers of digital locks that employ ZigBee, Z-Wave and Bluetooth Smart (Bluetooth Low Energy or BLE) plus home automation hubs for integration and remote access.
No, I didn’t forget about Wi-Fi.
As far as I can tell, no makers of Wi-Fi locks are (formally) exhibiting at the show, although I have received invitations to meet with a couple of them separately, which I’m not doing.
SHIPMENTS of Bluetooth-enabled equipment will double by 2015, driven by the Bluetooth 4.0 low-energy standard, claims IC Insights.
According to IC Insights, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has expanded its marketing campaign to start a second major wave of growth in Bluetooth low-energy (BLE)-based wireless personal area networks (PANs) serving healthcare, smart energy, home systems, and other uses.