So Bluetooth has the recognition, has the penetration in consumer devices, how about performance? In today’s home automation equipment speed is not the metric for performance. Battery life, flexibility and usability are much more important parameters. Here Smart has a definite advantage over many other wireless technologies. Bluetooth Smart was designed as a low-power specification and provides the ability to meet the needs of today’s battery driven devices. In addition, Bluetooth Smart has a range, theoretically 100m (330ft) or more that in general covers all but the largest homes. Finally, Bluetooth’s many profiles allow designers the flexibility to develop whatever applications their minds can imagine, and the expansion into new segments such as automotive, retail and IoT will continue to drive the technology. So before we close let’s discuss the downside of Bluetooth Smart. Though I believe the pairing issue of the old days is gone, many consumers still consider this to be THE major drawback of Bluetooth. I must admit it’s not as simple as other technologies but I do believe that it has improved greatly since many consumers first use of Bluetooth. Whether consumers ultimately feel their current “love/hate” relationship with Bluetooth pairing will trump the positives of the technology is yet to be seen, but I personally believe that the advantages greatly outweigh the current state of Bluetooth pairing. Bluetooth is all around us and could easily be THE solution to a standard for home automation, will it?
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