What is BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy)?

Bluetooth® Smart, or BLE, is the intelligent, power-friendly version of Bluetooth wireless technology. While the power-efficiency of Bluetooth Smart makes it perfect for devices needing to run off a tiny battery for long periods, the magic of Bluetooth Smart is its ability to work with an application on the smartphone or tablet you already own. Bluetooth Smart makes it easy for developers and OEMs to create solutions that will work with the billions of Bluetooth enabled products already in the market today.

Bluetooth — Simplified

Bluetooth Smart, (also known as LE, BLE, Bluetooth 4.0, or Bluetooth Low Energy), is an intelligent, battery-friendly, version of the Classic Bluetooth Wireless Technology.

While the use of Classic Bluetooth still remains the best option for some applications, there are many applications in which Bluetooth Smart would be the wisest choice. A few of these benefits:

Lower implementation costs

Multi-vendor interoperability

Enhanced range

Much improved pairing speed Bluetooth Smart Devices:

idChamp RS3 HSE

idChamp RS3 LE

Scanfob® NFC-BB2e

Scanfob® Ultra-BB2e BLE-SMART devices connect fast. For example using an idChamp RS3, compared to connecting in Bluetooth keyboard mode on iOS, discovery and connection has been measured 30 times faster. idChamp RS3 readers are available in a version with the ability to post tag ID to two separate devices simultaneously. e.g. to an iPhone and Android device.

Our Bluetooth Smart Readers work on iOS, Android, and Windows (providing host device has compliant hardware and software), offering a much wider range of support.

Bluetooth Smart offers 2-way communication – this means readers like the idChamp RS3 can be setup wirelessly using a setup app on Android. It also means easier and faster connections – no more need for pairing codes, toggling keyboards, or experiencing long wait times to connect.

Furthermore, Apps using BLE-SMART devices work without Apple MFi (Made for iOS) Program, eliminating cost, delays, and other associated headaches.