ARTICLE: Bluetooth low energy technology - the optimal solution for wireless sensors and actuators
Wireless solutions are used in a variety of demanding industrial applications. Technologies such as Wireless LAN, Classic Bluetooth, IEEE 802.15.4/ZigBee, and Wireless HART all provide specific characteristics and are therefore suitable for different applications and specific demands. However, none of these technologies offer an optimal solution for a wireless connection for sensors and actuators in manufacturing automation. In these types of applications, the existing technologies are too expensive, too slow or consume too much energy. The solution lacks a fast, robust, low energy transmission for wireless sensors and actuators. This is where Bluetooth low energy technology comes into play.