Bluetooth Smart and the Internet of Things (IoT)

The internet of things (IoT) refers to the connection of nearly all electronic or electrical devices to the internet and to each other. These “things” include TVs, PCs, smartphones, tablets, refrigerators, security systems, lighting, and just about anything that has an ON/OFF switch. It’s estimated that by 2020, there will be anywhere from 25 to 100 billion (that’s with a “b”) devices connected to the IoT.

First talked about more than 15 years ago, the Internet of Things (IoT) promised a world where your wearable health monitor communicates with your smart watch or computer and shares that information with your doctor. Sensors everywhere, and on you, turn on your lights, lock your doors, watch your kids, sets the perfect temperature at home and generally takes over your everyday tasks.

Classic Bluetooth provided the means for device communication and manufacturers built hub devices like PCs, smartphones, cars and tablets to take advantage of these connections. Now, because of Bluetooth® Smart, the world is exploding with an incredible array of devices connecting to these hubs.

Bluetooth Smart is the intelligent, power-friendly version of Bluetooth wireless technology. While the power-efficiency of Bluetooth Smart makes it perfect for devices needing to run off a tiny battery for long periods, the magic of Bluetooth Smart is its ability to work with an application on the smartphone or tablet you already own. Because of its power efficiency and ability to connect to smartphone apps—it is the perfect fit for a wide range of devices from heart-rate monitors to cycling computers.

Bluetooth Smart devices are designed to connect only with Bluetooth Smart Ready devices as well as any specific Bluetooth devices listed by the manufacturer.


If you have a Bluetooth Smart device you want to connect to a phone, tablet, PC or TV, be sure to look for one with the Bluetooth Smart Ready logo. That way you know it is “Ready for Bluetooth Smart.”


Bluetooth Smart Ready devices can efficiently receive data from Bluetooth Smart devices and let you do something with it, like record and chart  your morning run or control the temperature of your home from any of your smart devices.