Internet of Things (IoT)
The hot term “Internet of Things” (also commonly referred to as “IoT”) is often used interchangeably with terms such as "Internet of Everything (IoE)," "Web of Things," "Embedded Web," "Machine to Machine (M2M)", "Internet of Everything (IoE)," and "Industry 4.0."
connectBlue's CTO Mats Andersson says that "a key requirement in the Internet of Things vision is an easy to deploy and cost efficient low power wireless solution. Connecting all small devices and sensors directly to the fixed or cellular networks would be too costly."
"Last 100 Meters Connectivity"
A very important concept within Internet of Things is the “last 100 meters connectivity” concept which refers to the low power wireless devices that operate in the short-range of hundred meters. These are the devices that represent the growth in Internet of Things.
Internet of Things Applications
The greatest future growth will be within Internet of Things devices in home automation, smart energy, elderly care at home, transportation, asset tracking and similar applications. Via Internet of Things in these applications, one can get more efficient and customized medications, remote monitoring, energy consumption tracking, remote control, traffic supervision, security surveillance, and much more.
Which Wireless Technology Fits IoT the Best?
There is a plethora of wireless technologies to choose from and you can learn more of the details on how these differ from our IoT white paper. In short, to successfully get implemented in physically small, low power operated devices that interact with commercially available devices such as laptops, tablets and smartphones, the chosen wireless technology need to be cost efficient, require small space, have adequate security, consume low power, have a strong available ecosystem, high reliability and robustness, be easy to use, and provide range extension capability.
Looking at the technologies that fit the above criteria as well as operate successfully in the last 100 meters connectivity, the best choice would be NFC, IrDA, WLAN, Classic Bluetooth, 802.15.4, or Bluetooth low energy. Contact us to learn which of these technologies would fit your application.
What Does connectBlue Do in Internet of Things?
IoT and M2M are areas connectBlue has been involved in for several years. If you look at some of our customers applications, you can tell that we have made available these types of solutions already.
connectBlue IoT Products
In November 2014, connectBlue announced the Multiradio Module OWL355 which is a completely ready-to-embed module for demanding industrial, medical and Internet of Things (IoT) applications. “The OWL355 is actually not our first IoT product; it is our third component,” says Rolf Nilsson, CEO of connectBlue. “Our first was the Bluetooth Smart Ready Module OBS421 and our second the Bluetooth Smart Module OLP425.
connectBlue IoT Partnerships
connectBlue is not only involved in delivering IoT products, connectBlue is also heavily involved in partnerships to advance Internet of Things as a concept. We cannot disclose all we do, but publically announced collaborations include: