Low-power Bluetooth, Wi-Fi come to home automation systems

01/17/2014 | CEPro.com

Low-power versions of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity are being implemented in home automation systems, which have generally relied upon the ZigBee and Z-Wave wireless protocols, Julie Jacobson writes. Apple has embraced Bluetooth Low Energy, also known as Bluetooth Smart, she notes. The volume price of Bluetooth modules has dropped to about $2.50, sources in the smart-home field report, compared with $4 to $5 for ZigBee or Z-Wave modules.

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