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ABI Research Focuses on Bluetooth Low Energy Market

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March 24, 2011

ABI Research Focuses on Bluetooth Low Energy Market

By Raju Shanbhag, TMCnet Contributor

In its new report, titled “Wireless Healthcare and Fitness Market Data,” ABI Research claims Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) has the ability to power a range of new applications in personal fitness and health management data domain. But the company also warns that delays in bringing the products to the market are making the application developers begin to look for other technologies.

According to ABI Research (News - Alert), Bluetooth Low Energy is the major cause of the proliferation and adoption of wearable wireless-enabled sports, and health sensors. The first commercial devices will start reaching the market within the next 12 months with initial production samples of single mode Bluetooth Low Energy ICs suitable for use in devices already shipped, the survey stated.

“With the huge potential of the Bluetooth Low Energy technology, the wait for adoption by the Bluetooth SIG has put a brake on many wireless health and sports devices’ market launches,” says Jonathan Collins, principal analyst at ABI research. “It has fostered adoption of rival traditional Bluetooth and proprietary offerings in the market. In addition, application developers have looked to build offerings around smartphone handsets’ current sensor and data collection capabilities.”

In a healthcare environment, this survey offers forecast data for a number of significant types of wireless equipment. This includes Wi-Fi access points and Wi-Fi RTLS appliances, the company stated. Other topics offered in the survey include examination of remote patient monitoring, telehealth and telepresence, and contains data about "body area networks." The survey predicts that Bluetooth Low Energy connected healthcare and fitness devices, will reach 467 million annual device shipments by 2016.

Recently, the company released a new survey where it found that advanced metering infrastructure rollouts boost wireless sensor networking (WSN) chip market. In 2010, the WSN IC shipment grew more than 300 percent over the previous year. Shipments of 802.15.4-based WSN ICs continued to show strong growth in the second half of 2010, mainly driven by the demand for ICs for trials and the return of early pilots.

Raju Shanbhag is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Raju’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Jamie Epstein

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