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ABI RESEARCH REPORTS GROWTH OF BLE BEACON SHIPMENTS IN IOT, RTLS, PERSONAL/ASSET TRACKING
- Aug 31, 2016 -

ABI RESEARCH REPORTS GROWTH OF BLE BEACON SHIPMENTS IN IOT, RTLS, PERSONAL/ASSET TRACKING

Use of Bluetooth Low-Energy (BLE) in retail stores has received a great deal of attention, but a new report, titled

"BLE Beacon Technologies, Applications, and Revenues," from ABI Research forecasts that the amount of BLE beacon

shipments for personnel tracking, Internet of Things, real-time location system (RTLS) and asset-tracking markets 

will easily surpass those in retail. The overall BLE beacon market continues to grow rapidly, according to the report,

with shipments set to break 500 million units by 2021.


Specifically, in the IoT space, ABI Research expects to see BLE combined with low-power wide-area network (LPWAN)

technologies to support large-scale deployments in smart cities. LPWAN—also referred to as lowpower network

(LPN)—is designed to allow long-range communications at a low bit rate among connected objects, such as sensors 

operated on a battery. Another emerging trend is the shift to software-based beacons, in which vendors leverage 

integrated BLE ICs as beacons and virtual beacons, across a range of markets.


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