PRESS RELEASE connectBlue™ Announces a Bluetooth Low Energy Solution for Blood Banks

October 12, 2011

As a leading developer behind Bluetooth low energy solutions for medical and healthcare markets, connectBlue today announced a customer configured solution based on the new standard Bluetooth v4.0. The Swedish based customer Tridentify will use this technology in a high-volume blood bank solution QTA Tracer System™ to be distributed in Sweden by Abbott.

connectBlue has substantially increased its focus in the medical and healthcare markets this year. As part of this expansion, connectBlue has pioneered Bluetooth low energy technology with a solution developed for Tridentify which will be the first to meet this early market through Abbott.

“With its focus on ultra-low power usage, low cost and enhanced range, Bluetooth low energy technology is set to revolutionize the medical and health care markets.” says Rolf Nilsson, CEO of connectBlue. “Together with Tridentify’s innovative solution for monitoring of blood bags, we can pioneer the delivery of Bluetooth low energy solutions for medical and health care markets.”

“Proper monitoring of blood products during storage can extend the useful life of this key component of healthcare,” says Christian Strandberg, CEO of Tridentify. “We need a robust Bluetooth low energy product for our blood bank solution and we have selected connectBlue to help us with this innovation for use in high-volume critical applications.”

Tridentify’s QTA Tracer System is a patent-pending solution that will decrease blood waste as well as increase blood availability, tracing possibilities and blood quality. In the Tridentify solution, the connectBlue Bluetooth low energy module provides the complete solution including battery and all of the necessary sensors to be encapsulated by Tridentify for the finished product. connectBlue is developing the application software for the Bluetooth low energy module and Tridentify is developing the Bluetooth low energy computing gateway.

connectBlue is an active participant in several Bluetooth SIG working groups, helping advance the work in Bluetooth low energy technology in particular. Staff from connectBlue chairs the Bluetooth SIG Automation Working Group, participates in the Bluetooth Architecture Review Board (BARB) that oversees all working groups, promotes development in the Bluetooth SIG Medical Devices Working Group and participates in the Health & Fitness Bluetooth Ecosystem Team.

About connectBlue
connectBlue™ is a leading provider of robust Industrial and Medical wireless solutions, designed and tested for the most demanding applications and environments. Based on Bluetooth technology, Wireless LAN (WLAN) and IEEE 802.15.4 / ZigBee, connectBlue provides ready-to-use products and modules as well as custom design solutions. connectBlue has its head office in Sweden and local offices in Germany and USA. For more information, please visit www.connectblue.com

The connectBlue word mark and logo are owned by connectBlue AB.


About Tridentify
Tridentify specialises in developing location- and condition-sensing medical device technologies for the health care industry. Tridentify work close with the users in the health industry and take their requests and make them into viable products. All products and software work in accordance with ISO 13485. The corporate office and the development process for software and products are located in Gothenburg, with close proximity to Sahlgrenska university hospital. The marketing offices are to be found both in Stockholm and Jönköping.

The QTA Tracer System is a trademark owned by Tridentify AB.


For further information
connectBlue – Americas:
Bill Saltzstein, President connectBlue, Inc.
Phone: + 1 425.442.5854
Email: bill.saltzstein@connectBlue.com  

connectBlue – Asia-Pacific:
Pelle Svensson, APAC Business Development Director
Phone: +46 40 6307103
Email: pelle.svensson@connectblue.com

connectBlue – Europe, Middle East & Africa:
Martin Engdahl, Sales Director
Phone: +46 40 6307123
Email: martin.engdahl@connectblue.com


Tridentify:
Christian Strandberg, CEO Tridentify
Phone: +46 707921530
Email: christian.strandberg@tridentify.se