Which type of Bluetooth should I use for my smart device?

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Which type of Bluetooth should I use for my smart device?

There are currently two different Bluetooth protocol: Bluetooth® and the Bluetooth® Smart. Each one has unique characteristics and applications. You do not know which one is most suitable for your project? We can help you!

A little bit of history

Bluetooth® is a communication standard developed in the mid-90s that allows wireless connections between electronic devices. It enables the bidirectional exchange of data at short distance. The Bluetooth SIG (Special Interest Group) is the organization that oversees the development of the various Bluetooth standards and manages licenses for manufacturers. It includes major companies such as IBM, Nokia, Intel and Apple.

Classic Bluetooth® VS Bluetooth® Smart

Classic Bluetooth is mainly used in mobile phones, laptops or wireless headsets. It enables the exchange of data over distances up to 100 meters.By exchanging with members of the Consortium, the Bluetooth SIG has identified new needs requiring substantial changes in the specification of the Bluetooth technology. In 2011, the Bluetooth Smart was announced as a parent technology of Classic Bluetooth. It enables new applications in the Internet of Things in particular. Bluetooth Smart is used to exchange data over shorter distances than Classic Bluetooth (30m) but it consumes much less energy.

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Bluetooth® Smart Ready

To ensure compatibility between Bluetooth devices and Bluetooth Smart devices, connected objects can combine the two technologies: it’s called Bluetooth Smart Ready. For example, most smartphones use both Bluetooth technologies following the needs of the users.

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This article briefly presents the different types of Bluetooth technologies, but it is not the only communication protocols used in the Internet of Things. Do not hesitate to contact us if you would like advice on the choice of the most suitable wireless technology.