The Internet of Things is a technology that is beginning to transform not only corporations but our daily lives with wireless connectivity to just about anything. It includes home and building automation for personal smart devices like Fitbits, smart lighting, and HVAC systems for large complexes. The world is seeing a transformation in the way the data collected and how that data can be used to make adjustments in our daily lives and our business operations.
The major factor holding up the advancement with IoT adoption is the confusion with the different standards. At this point, there is a variety of existing and prevailing technologies to choose from, when making a decision about which IoT platform. The different standards have their pros and cons, but Bluetooth/Wifi will be the prevailing technology in the IoT standards war. Bluetooth will release version 5.0 on June 16th, which includes extended range and addresses a lot of the major concerns of Bluetooth’s existing shorter range. Security has been another cause for concern, but IoT platforms have addressed this issue with many solutions.
The reason that Bluetooth will be the prevailing Internet of Things standard, that is the most widely adopted universal standards on smartphones, tablets, laptops and PC along with many other devices that are used in our daily lives.
There are other standards like Zigbee, Z-Wave, Thread and HomeKit to name a few, but they are not as universal as Bluetooth, and in some cases, smartphones are dropping some of these protocols. Z-Wave is today’s market leader, which doesn’t mean much in terms of future standards. Samsung’s new chip has dropped Z-Wave from their support, which is a significant step for the other standards. They don’t even have to put up a fight with Z-Wave. If other phone manufacturers decide to follow one of the leaders like Samsung, then things will look dire for Z-Wave’s IoT platform.
Blueapp.io has focused their efforts on creating an IoT solution based on Bluetooth. They are taking advantage of the existing use of Bluetooth-enabled devices to communicate data to the cloud. Manufacturers and distributors are seeing the benefits of Bluetooth and supporting the standard. BlueApp is creating solutions for products, as manufacturers see this to be a long-term approach to an IoT solution.