Bluetooth technology now includes multiple variants suited to different applications. The latest version Bluetooth v4.0 incorporates two distinct types, known as Bluetooth Classic and Bluetooth Low Energy.
Classic, Low Energy, Smart & Smart Ready
Below is an overview of each type of Bluetooth technology - Bluetooth Classic and Bluetooth Low Energy. Some other terms are also in use which are worth clarifying...
Bluetooth Smart and Bluetooth Smart Ready marks were created to help consumers identify suitable products and ensure compatibility among Bluetooth devices. Whilst these products are currently based upon Bluetooth v4.0 technology, use of the trademarks requires additional features. Also, the Bluetooth Smart device designation transcends future specification versions.
Bluetooth Smart devices are designed to gather specific information - typically they are the sensors in a system regardless of whether they are monitoring the locks in your house, your blood glucose level or the temperature of your refrigerator.
Bluetooth Smart devices are built to Bluetooth v4.0 specifications with Generic Attribute Profile (GATT) based architecture. They feature a single-mode low energy radio
Bluetooth Smart Ready devices typically function as the 'hub' or 'gateway' in system and are an effective way to connect Bluetooth Smart devices to the systems that require the their data. Examples include phones, tablets, PCs, TVs, set-top boxes and game consoles that sit at the center of the consumers' connected world. They can receive data sent from both Classic Bluetooth devices and Bluetooth Smart devices and forward it to applications that turn the data into useful information.
Bluetooth Smart Ready devices are built to Bluetooth v4.0 specifications with Generic Attribute Profile (GATT) based architecture. They feature a dual-mode low energy radio, and allow for the device software to be updated by the consumer.
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