Several wireless networking trade groups are joining forces to improve data networking speeds and reduce interference between their technologies.
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) 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 from each other.
With Bluetooth and Wi-Fi commonly using the same frequency bands, there is the potential threat of the two technologies “colliding” with each other within the same band, particularly when a large number of devices are used at the same time in close proximity to each other.
This is one area for which the two groups are looking to develop remedies. The move to work closely together is seen as increasingly important as users seek to develop an overall wireless strategy while using various platforms at the same time.
The closer relationship between the different wireless bodies is also expected to help boost data speeds in the future, said the groups.
The move also made sense since the groups’ industry supplier members are often aligned to more than one of the groups. Nokia, for instance, is a backer of the Near Field Communication Forum while being one of the founders of the Bluetooth SIG.