01 Oct, 2018
Let’s take it back to 1998 – Bluetooth was released, and a sci-fi-esque world began to take shape with wireless connectivity at its core. Jokingly, you could almost say the connection between people and technology became stronger.
You could argue that Bluetooth is a founding proponent for the technological evolution over the last 20 years. Generations born from 1995 and up most likely can’t remember a world without it. If you look at your surroundings, at least one thing is Bluetooth enabled. It could be your phone, TV, laptop, car, thermostat, earbuds, glasses, watch, refrigerator, speakers, washing machine, locks, or heart rate monitor – the list could go on. Through beacons, even entire cities have turned into Bluetooth networks; you’ve probably heard them referred to as smart cities.
Digital health is a great example of Bluetooth’s effect on our lives and its connective power. With many wearable devices – commercial and medical – sensors are installed to monitor factors such as heart rate, sleep, or exercise duration. Then, that data is transferred seamlessly and securely to your phone and then into the cloud.
Bluetooth’s success comes from its simplicity, its security, and the convenience it brings to everyday life. And because of its simplicity, security, and convenience, it has penetrated every industry. Imagine your life today without the convenience Bluetooth has brought. There would not be wireless calls in your car, wire-free workouts, or wireless data transfers. Really, everything wireless today is because of Bluetooth.
We’re so into Bluetooth and its advancements that we are paired for life. We’re so in sync that we are part of the Blue Special Interest Group (SIG). Over the years, Bluetooth has integrated itself to become the invisible nervous system of our company. We have become so connected that we strive in anyway possible to help business adopt wireless connectivity through the IoT based solutions. Some IoT solutions include:
According to McKinsey & Co, the IoT world could generate up to $11.1 trillion a year by 2025. Also, the IHS predicts that there will be over 75.44 Billion devices connected by 2025.
As this exponential technological evolution continues, the possibilities of Bluetooth will not only broaden, but become highly detailed. For example, Bluetooth could be used to find a person’s precise location or count the number of people in a room. This is not only useful for security, but also comfort purposes. By knowing how many people there are in a room, the temperature could be set at an optimal temperature. There is still more to explore through Bluetooth – Cheers to another 20 years!
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