Bluetooth Access Point provides IoT Gateway function

7th April 2014
Posted By : Nat Bowers
Bluetooth Access Point provides IoT Gateway function


Also referred to as a Bluetooth Smart Ready Access Point, the RBE221s Bluetooth Dual-mode Access Point has been given IoT Gateway functionality by connectBlue. The device now enables web applications to simultaneously access any Bluetooth low energy device via HTTP commands.

Whenever the RBE221s now is connected to the Internet via Ethernet, any web application running on a web server can be used to access data in Bluetooth low energy (Bluetooth Smart) devices connected to the access point. The RBE221s is a Bluetooth Smart Ready Gateway which means that it can use the standard Generic Attribute Profile (GATT) to access any Bluetooth low energy device.

connectBlue customers are found in demanding wireless applications in the industrial and medical industries. A popular application for the IoT Gateway in an industrial application would be to, for instance, read temperature data from various sensors via a web interface on a commercially available device such as a smartphone. In a medical application one can, for instance, access real-time data from various patients’ heart rate monitors in customised web applications on any internet connected web device.

The RBE221s Bluetooth Dual-mode (Smart Ready) Access Point is a complete Bluetooth to Ethernet enabler that supports point-to-multipoint connectivity with several slaves / clients simultaneously to the 10/100 Base-T Ethernet network. It follows the Bluetooth Specification v4.0 and depending on the connected device, the wireless range can be up to 300m. It also supports the two Personal Area Network (PAN) roles PAN User (PANU) and Network Access Point (NAP) as well as the generic Bluetooth low energy GATT-based services.

The RBE221s Bluetooth Access Point can be configured smoothly either via physical configuration buttons and indication LEDs or a web interface. For those that wish to access more advanced settings and use cases, one can also configure the RBE221s through AT Commands and SNMP protocol. The RBE221s is radio type approved for USA (FCC Part 15), Europe (ETSI R&TTE), Japan (MIC - formerly TELEC), Canada (IC RSS) and hazardous location UL/cUL Class 1 Div 2.

Rolf Nilsson, CEO, connectBlue, commented: “Internet of Things is the hottest topic right now and the potential is huge; predictions span from 25-50bn IoT devices by 2020. But in order to fully utilise the IoT architecture, you need a Gateway to get access to the Bluetooth low energy sensor nodes and this IoT Gateway is now added via our Access Point.”


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