Bluetooth SIG to bring Bluetooth technology to the smart grid


Michael Foley,
Executive Director,
Bluetooth SIG
Kirkland, WA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — February 26, 2010 – The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has announced the formation of the Smart Energy Study Group with the aim of bringing Bluetooth technology to the smart grid.

The team, made up of three sponsoring member companies including CSR, Broadcom and Emerson, will begin immediately to study all aspects of the smart energy market and the possible implications of Bluetooth technology in this arena. To do this, the group will review current available information on smart grid wireless technology, and it will formulate a strategy for Bluetooth Smart Energy and make recommendations based on the findings.

“With the formation of the Smart Energy Study Group, the Bluetooth SIG and its member companies will work together to tackle smart grid technology and increase the presence of Bluetooth technology in this fast growing industry,” said Michael Foley, executive director of the Bluetooth SIG. “Wireless technology is key component of the battle to improve the smart grid. With proper short distance wireless connectivity technology, the meter-to-device relationship will be one that allows users to remotely track, monitor, and adjust their energy use based on utility scales.”

Bluetooth wireless technology is a global short range wireless standard for personal connectivity of a broad range of electronic devices. The recently adopted Bluetooth low energy wireless technology for low power sensor devices and new web services opens the way for manufacturers of in-home meters and monitors to build wireless devices that run on button-cell batteries and still utilize all of the benefits of the Bluetooth technology.

The Bluetooth SIG, comprised of leaders in the telecommunications, computing, consumer electronics, automotive and network industries, is driving development of Bluetooth wireless technology and bringing it to market.