IoT Connectivity Race
January saw the advent of CES 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada and one of the main points to come out of it as far as we’re concerned is that in the IoT connectivity race, WiFi and BlueTooth devices are neck and neck at the front. Bet on either to prevail and the odds would represent the same as the flip of a coin – 50/50.
So, to put some perspective on what we mean, let’s take a look at just a couple of examples of how the very latest WiFi and Bluetooth devices are being developed to meet modern demands.
We start with First Alert, for example, launched a range of smoke detectors that integrate with either Amazon Alexa or Apple Siri. These Bluetooth devices are pretty nifty, that’s true, but the manufacturer is also planning to integrate WiFi into them too later this year, which would represent a logical step.
Smoke alarms are pretty ubiquitous these days, as are WiFi hubs, so it would sound like a good idea to combine the two technologies. Of course, modern WiFi makes light work of household obstructions, but it would certainly seem that there are few more perfectly ‘out of the way’ locations to place a WiFi device like this than on the ceiling – especially as the majority of homes have a smoke alarm there anyway.
Another major manufacturer – Rigado, on the other hand, has placed their bet on Bluetooth, as recent advances in technology have led to the creation of Bluetooth 5. Where once Bluetooth devices were only effective over a distance of around 100m, the Bluetooth distance of this new evolution has extended to nearer 400m.
Rigado is something of a specialist when it comes to Bluetooth connectivity, but it also regards itself as a pioneer of integration. It has created a chip that’s able to support more than 20 separate simultaneous Bluetooth devices and a gateway device that is able to host IoT apps, which can then connect up to 100 other Bluetooth devices over a an area of approximately 2,000 sq ft.
This kind of connectivity lends itself particularly well to certain sectors, such as retail and medicine, as it represents a widely applicable and inexpensive method of tracking all sorts of goods and stock.
Who Will Win?
At this stage, it’s hard to say with any degree of certainty whether we’re going to see more of a leaning towards Bluetooth devices than to WiFi in terms of connectivity. In truth, it could be a case of degrees, where both exist, but with one being the dominant force. It would seem that only time will tell, as technology marches almost ceaselessly on. There are other IoT connectivity options available, but these two seem to be way ahead of the rest.
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