Wireless networking trade groups are joining forces to improve data networking speeds and reduce interference between technologies.
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group is to work more closely with the Wi-Fi Alliance and the Near Field Communication Forum.
Bluetooth is mainly deployed in mobile devices such as smartphones and personal digital assistants, while Wi-Fi is a popular connectivity technology in laptops. Near field communications are designed to deliver secure connections between devices only a few millimetres apart.
With Bluetooth and Wi-Fi commonly using the same frequency bands, there is potential for the technologies to "collide" within the same band, particularly when a large number of devices are used at the same time in close proximity. This is one area the trade organisations are looking to address.
The groups' move to work more closely is seen as important as users increasingly seek to develop an overall wireless strategy using multiple platforms.
The closer relationship between the trade bodies is also expected to help boost data speeds in the future, said the groups.
The move also makes sense as the organisations' supplier members are often aligned to more than one group. Nokia, for instance, is one of the backers of the Near Field Communication Forum and was one of the founders of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group.