SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., April 28, 2003 - 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 over 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.
According to Joyce Putscher, a Research Director with In-Stat/MDR,
"Most applications being considered initially are cable replacement
uses, such as accessing machine health, reconfiguring equipment,
sensor data, patient information, patient monitoring, security
access, asset tracking, and others." 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. "All
indications point to deployments that will be incremental in nature,"
says Putscher, "That is to say, mostly tens to hundreds per
installation. Some systems may use only a few Bluetooth nodes,
while other installations will involve up to a few hundred."
In-Stat/MDR has also found that:
- Interest is high in the US for Bluetooth deployment in medical
equipment, as over 50% of this type of equipment is manufactured
in the US. Europe has high interest in medical equipment as well,
especially Italy and Germany, in addition to PC terminal security
and patient information.
- 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.
- Bluetooth also 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.
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