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Bluetooth, Zigbee to clash in connected home, wireless sensors

Posted: 20 Jul 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:ABI Research? Bluetooth? Zigbee? connected home? wireless sensor?

According to the latest findings from ABI Research, Bluetooth Smart and ZigBee will compete in new and emerging markets that require low power wireless connections and interoperability with other devices. The report added that the competition will include connected home devices (remote controls, TVs, STBs, etc.) and wireless sensors (medical, health, sports, home automation, etc.).

When analyzing these markets holistically, there will be competition between Bluetooth Smart and ZigBee, but when delving deeper into the markets, it is clear that there are specific sections that will be more suited to one technology or the other. "The remote control market is one which highlights a need for both technologies, here they each have their own niches that they will be most successful in," noted Peter Cooney, ABI Research practice director. "For simple point-to-point control, Bluetooth Smart is the obvious choice due to its massive ecosystem of interoperable devices, but for more complex systems with high node counts then ZigBee/RF4CE is expected to be more successful as Bluetooth has a limited node count in practice."

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