BlackBerry has announced that devices using the BlackBerry 10 platform are to provide support for Bluetooth Smart Ready, a connectivity standard that could help drive the development of new M2M applications.
In a joint announcement with the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), the body that oversees the development of Bluetooth standards, the handset maker said that integration of Bluetooth Smart Ready with the BlackBerry 10 platform would allow developers to easily incorporate Bluetooth Smart functionality into their applications.
“The new BlackBerry 10 smartphones are Bluetooth Smart Ready enabling developers to create apps and interfaces for new mobile experiences,” said Suke Jawanda, the chief marketing officer of the Bluetooth SIG. “With a strong heritage in security and a deep reputation for hands-on developer support, BlackBerry is well-positioned to help showcase the innovation that Bluetooth can enable.”
BlackBerry (Waterloo, Canada) claims the Bluetooth functionality will open up opportunities for developers in areas like fitness, healthcare and the automotive sector.
One example it gives is of a BlackBerry application that would track a cyclist’s performance using speed and cadence sensors fitted on the bike.
BlackBerry says it is implementing privacy features to ensure customer data is protected while they are connected to a Bluetooth Smart device.
“Interconnectivity opens up an exciting, new world for app developers,” said Alec Saunders, vice president of developer relations and ecosystems at BlackBerry. “When devices are able to speak to each other, the possibilities become vast.”
“Bluetooth Smart support on BlackBerry 10 allows developers to create mobile computing apps for consumers and in vertical markets that integrate seamlessly and securely with the myriad of Bluetooth devices,” he added.
BlackBerry says developers can begin creating applications by using the development tools available within the BlackBerry 10 native development kit.