Bluetooth is the name given to a new technology using short-range radio links, intended to replace the cable(s) connecting portable and/ or fixed electronic devices. It is envisaged that it will allow for the replacement of the many propriety cables that connect one device to another with one universal radio link. Its key features are robustness, low complexity, low power and low cost. Purpose: The following dissertation explains the advantages that Bluetooth wireless technology provides to users, (both individuals and organisations) in today’s emerging wireless information society. The aim of this dissertation is to explain the technical aspects of the technology, the business aspects, its application and its competition.
Findings: The vast majority of primary and secondary research carried out on this dissertation has shown that organisations and individuals have high expectations for this technology. There is a demand for a low cost high quality wireless solution and Bluetooth looks set to provide the solution.
Conclusions: It is estimated that before year 2002, Bluetooth will be a built-in feature in more than 100 million mobile phones and in several million other communication devices, ranging from headsets and portable PC’s to desktop computers and notebooks. The first Bluetooth products will probably be basic cable replacement products. However, when the Bluetooth chips have entered the mass market and chips are found in a multitude of devices, several new markets will open for Bluetooth solutions. Bluetooth does have a very promising future and may indeed change the way we use technology in our every day-to-day lives.