Nokia has launched a new wireless protocol called “Wibree”. Wibree is similar to Bluetooth in that it allows wireless communication (not “wifi”, which specifically refers to wireless internet communications) between two devices. However unlike Bluetooth, Wibree is designed for and aimed at smaller applications which require low power, such as watches, and chips in sports monitors such as pedometers. In fact, despite a lot of media coverage comparing Wibree to Bluetooth, Wibree is not only not intended to replace or compete with Bluetooth, Wibree is intended as an adjunct to Bluetooth.
Explains Nokia, “Wibree technology complements close range communication with Bluetooth like performance within 0-10 m range and data rate of 1 Mbps. Wibree is optimized for applications requiring extremely low power consumption, small size and low cost. Wibree is implemented either as stand-alone chip or as Bluetooth-Wibree dual-mode chip. The small devices like watches and sports sensors will be based on stand-alone chip whereas Bluetooth devices will take benefit of the dual-mode solution, extending Bluetooth device connectivity to new range of smallest devices.”
According to Bob Iannucci, head of Nokia’s Research Center, “Wibree technology is an important development that opens up new market opportunities and a whole new range of possibilities for mobile users. Our aim is to establish an industry standard faster than ever before by offering an interoperable solution that can be commercialized and incorporated into products quickly.”
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