The shackles of cabling and the problems of connecting devices
via various types of specialized cabling are eternally rid of
with the advent of Bluetooth technology. A new technology, which
can revolutionize the entertainment, communication, e-commerce,
surveillance and automotive industry.
all began in 1998, when a group of computer and telecommunications
industry leaders, including Intel, IBM, Toshiba, Ericsson, and
Nokia, together began developing a way for users to connect a
wide range of mobile devices quickly and easily, without cables.
Bluetooth is essentially a radio block that lets devices communicate
with each other.
how did Bluetooth get its name? It has been named after King Harald
Bluetooth of Denmark. In 1994 Ericsson Mobile Communications spearheaded
a study which was aimed at investigating the low-power, low-cost
radio interface between mobile phones and their accessories and
this was how bluetooth took shape. To ensure that this technology
could be seamlessly implemented in a diverse range of devices,
leading companies formed a special interest group (SIG), formally
announced on May 20, 1998, to design a royalty-free, open specification
technology, code named "Bluetooth." The SIG has gained membership
and acceptance from companies such as 3COM/Palm, Axis Communication,
Compaq, Dell, Lucent Technologies UK Limited, Motorola, Qualcomm,
Xircom and is encouraging the involvement of all other companies
who are interested in offering products which take advantage of
a standardized, wireless means for connection. Presently Intel
and 3Com are working on Bluetooth networks for wireless computing
will enable users to connect a wide range of computing and telecommunications
devices easily and simply, without the need to buy, carry, or
connect cables. It delivers opportunities for rapid ad hoc connections,
and the possibility of automatic, unconscious, connections between
devices. It will virtually eliminate the need to purchase additional
or proprietary cabling to connect individual devices. Because
Bluetooth wireless technology can be used for a variety of purposes,
it will also potentially replace multiple cable connections via
a single radio link.
works by embedding tiny, inexpensive, short-range transceivers
into the mobile devices that are available today, either directly
or through an adapter device such as a PC Card. The radio operates
on the globally available unlicensed radio band, 2.45 GHz, and
supports data speeds of up to 721 Kbps, as well as three voice
India with the strategic tie-up between Infocomm Solutions Ltd.
the 100 percent subsidiary of Singapore based Future Techno Designs
Pvt. Ltd. wireless solutions will be available. These solutions
will be tailor made to the market requirements prevalent here.
two to three years time Bluetooth will be a built-in feature in
more than 100 million mobile phones and several million other
communication devices. In fact it will be a safer alternative
to the present mobile phone technology.
plus points about bluetooth technology is that it is not dependent
on the software, hardware or operating systems of the device used,
but rather on the software which has been developed by Ericsson.
The software is used with hardware which is a module consisting
of a radio transmitter, microprocessor, memory and antenna.
is a founding member of Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG)
and has created a special support organization for third party
developers. Motorola's role will be one of offering a diverse
portfolio of Bluetooth products to work seamlessly with desktop,
notebook, PDA or Motorola cellular telephones. Motorola's goal
is to provide complete systems solutions for the Bluetooth marketplace.
has been a pioneer by itself. The Philips Semiconductor Company,
is the world's first to make the highly integrated low-cost silicon
system solutions that allows Bluetooth to work and has demonstrated
the wireless transmission of digital audio signals from their
source to loudspeakers.
bluetooth to be accepted across the world or even in India, costs
will be an important factor. With the costs factor being tackled
it is projected that Bluetooth technology will be the standard
add for all kinds of devices.