Manufacturing, Healthcare Dominate Bluetooth Vertical Markets, Says In-Stat/MDR


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Scottsdale, Ariz. — Vertical markets such as healthcare, government, services, transportation/communications/utilities, manufacturing and mining, and retail will offer a myriad of opportunities for the deployment of Bluetooth, according to In-Stat/MDR.

The high-tech market research firm reports that these vertical markets will grow aggressively to more than 2 million deployed Bluetooth nodes worldwide in 2007, and although there is activity in a great variety of applications and vertical markets, healthcare and manufacturing present the greatest opportunities in the near term.

The opportunities for replacing existing cable/wired systems, whether wired or proprietary wireless systems, will be somewhat limited in the long run, but will be faster to realize in the short term. The opportunities for adding new capabilities via wireless will be slower, but present greater prospects in the long run.

Many companies will still wait until they feel that Bluetooth, 802.11 and other wireless technologies have transitioned to a satisfactory "proven" stage before deploying.

In-Stat/MDR has also found that:

  • Bluetooth offers advantages in noisy and dusty environments, because of its frequency hopping; therefore, Bluetooth is a good fit for the military, manufacturing and mining verticals.
  • Bluetooth is ideal for short distance applications that lend themselves to low power, such as patient monitoring, strip chart recorders, upgrading instrumentation/equipment with serial adapters, machine health/status sensors, and a variety of embedded applications yet to be explored.
  • Interest is high in the US for Bluetooth deployment in medical equipment, as more than 50 percent of this type of equipment is manufactured in the U.S. Europe has high interest in medical equipment as well, especially Italy and Germany, in addition to PC terminal security and patient information.

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