We are constantly seeing Bluetooth based gadgets marketed for the end user but… why not bring Bluetooth sensor devices to industrial applications?
However, most of them are designed for consumer use and we are not so used to seeing Bluetooth sensor tags in industrial applications.
Bluetooth wireless sensors – data you can collect from a SmartPhone
Probably the biggest advantage of Bluetooth sensor devices is the ubiquity of Bluetooth readers to communicate with. It’s hard to find a place where, assuming people are present – even if not continuously – you can’t have Bluetooth connectivity.
In general, asset tracking and management processes can take advantage of Bluetooth sensors to collect objective data from the actual environment of the asset. Also applications involving picking can highly benefit from Bluetooth sensors.
The different sensor configurations and models will allow you to log data and then transmit whenever a Bluetooth link is available or only take measurements when a link is established without logging data. This will impact features such as battery life of the product, which will of course be important for your business.
Take the example of industrial maintenance processes. Being able to have sensor data from corrosion inside pipes, temperature of an oven or any other asset you can think about… at a fingertip of your phone.
Complex systems can also be developed
Of course, there’s always the possibility of using Bluetooth sensor devices in a continuous communication configuration.
For those of you interested in implementing wireless solutions in industrial applications to monitor asset or processes, Bluetooth sensor tags should be on your research list.
Setting up the system is extremely easy. Get the Bluetooth sensor, link it with a Bluetooth PC – if your PC is not prepared with Bluetooth you can always get a Bluetooth USB dongle – and you are good to go.
Finally, you don’t need to have a SmartPhone or a PC in your application of course. Industrial environments may require data communication to a PLC for example. For this, you will need a Bluetooth to PLC converter – which requires the communication protocol you use in your PLC.
Bluetooth devices being so ubiquitous, I’m sure we will see a good growth in the implementation of this technology in industrial applications rather sooner than later.