Toolset builds gateways to connect IoT devices – from Bluetooth SIG

February 11, 2016 // By Graham Prophet
The Bluetooth SIG (Special Interest Group) has announced an architecture and supporting set of educational tools that enables developers to quickly create Internet gateways for Bluetooth products.

Bluetooth gateways allow any Bluetooth sensor to relay data to the cloud and back again. This architecture expands the potential functionality of the Internet of Things (IoT) by giving anyone the ability to monitor and control fixed Bluetooth sensors from a remote location.

The Bluetooth Internet gateway architecture and toolkit show developers, makers, hackers and OEMS how to quickly and easily create a connection between Bluetooth and the cloud without the need for a smart phone or tablet to serve as the intermediary. This essential communication capability is the next step to enabling the IoT by giving people and systems control of sensors regardless of proximity.

“We heard the demand for gateway functionality, not just from our members, but from consumers, who want a connected home but are not satisfied with current capabilities,” said Steve Hegenderfer, director of developer programs for the Bluetooth SIG. “People want to monitor their home security system from their couch and office. The Bluetooth Internet gateway architecture provides a standard way for any developer to create this gateway functionality. Routers, thermostats, security systems – the always on, always connected infrastructure in the home - can now speak to and control tiny, low power sensors and relay that information to the cloud, providing control from anywhere.”

The new architecture will meet an immediate need for smart home developers looking to create a hub for all the sensors in a home or to integrate gateway functionality into existing products.

The Bluetooth Internet Gateway Smart Starter Kit is available for download now at Additional information on how to get your products connected to the IoT using Bluetooth technology can be found in the Bluetooth SIG white paper repository .

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