Bluetooth low-energy spec to help shipments reach 2B in 2013

Growth of the short-distance wireless technology shrank slightly during the recession but will surge again, In-Stat says

The recession in 2009 led to a small reduction in Bluetooth devices shipped globally, but upcoming low-energy Bluetooth devices will trigger renewed growth in those short-distance wireless devices, especially for phones and industrial and medical gear.

Analysis from In-Stat released Wednesday predicts that more than 2 billion Bluetooth-ready devices will ship in 2013 owing partly to the low-energy standard known as Bluetooth 4.0, which was approved in July .

In addition to Bluetooth used in billions of phones, Bluetooth will begin appearing more often in automobiles and in industrial and medical settings, said Brian O'Rourke, an In-Stat analyst. He said Bluetooth growth long term remains "very positive."

About 984 million Bluetooth devices shipped in 2009, down by 20 million devices from 2008, due to the impact of the recession, O'Rourke said. In 2010, about 1.2 billion Bluetooth devices will be shipped.

Bluetooth will primarily compete with Zigbee, another short-distance wireless technology, but Bluetooth has an enormous headstart because it is already incorporated into billions of cell phones and millions of laptops, tablets and netbooks , O'Rourke said.

"There's nothing really holding Bluetooth back," he said in an interview. Bluetooth will make its presence in medical devices and industrial applications partly because of the low-energy specification. It will be used in medical devices connected to patients in hospital beds or in home care settings, eliminating the need for wired connections. Thermostats and motion detectors will also deploy the technology.

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group and others have talked about low-energy Bluetooth coming in watches and exercise equipment in 2011, but O'Rourke said such consumer categories will be relatively small uses compared to phones.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags mobilesmartphoneswirelessNetworkingtelecommunicationPhoneshardware systemsconsumer electronicsindustry verticalshealth carelaptopsIn-Statwireless networkingMobile and Wireless

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Matt Hamblen

Computerworld (US)
Show Comments


James Cook University - Master of Data Science Online Course

Learn more >


Sansai 6-Outlet Power Board + 4-Port USB Charging Station

Learn more >



Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles


PCW Evaluation Team

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?