ABI Research: Bluetooth or ZigBee – on collision course in the connected home

Bluetooth Smart and ZigBee will compete in a number of new and emerging markets that require low power wireless connections and interoperability with other devices, such as the connected home but there are also specific sections that will be more suited to one technology or the other, according to a new study by ABI Research.

Key battlegrounds include connected home devices (e.g. remote controls, TVs, STBs, etc.) and wireless sensors (medical, health, sports, home automation, etc.).

Both technologies are expected to see rapid growth from 2013 onwards, with Bluetooth Smart enabled device shipments reaching over 1 billion annual shipments by 2016, largely driven by the substantial ecosystem of Bluetooth Smart Ready devices such as smartphones, TVs, laptops, etc.

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Source: metering.com

One Reply to “ABI Research: Bluetooth or ZigBee – on collision course in the connected home”

  1. I don’t think it will be just these two players in the low-power market. NanoRadio out of Sweden has been working with a US company STRIVA http://www.strivabusinesssolutions.com to produce ultra-low power WiFi devices. (Samsung recently purchased NanoRadio for their low-power WiFi technnolgy).
    Anyhow, the STRIVA technology is being used by the KOSS WiFi headphones, commercial paper towel dispensers, wireless snowplow controls and other products. I would check it out.

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