One of the new Bluetooth functions has a particular appeal. For example, since 2017, the Bluetooth Low Energy standard (Bluetooth LE) – the particularly energy-efficient offshoot of the Bluetooth standard – has supported the ability for devices to connect with one another without a central controller, and so to create a meshed network.
That means, for a reasonable cost, far-reaching wireless networks than can do without repeaters can be linked up. The communication is variable from node to node, which should make it much less susceptible to faults than traditional star-bus/tree network topologies.
Our autonomous sensors from the sysTAG range, which will become available in the fourth quarter of 2018, also firmly rely on Bluetooth. They transmit their data to the CTR-100 or CTR-700 via Bluetooth LE. As well as the Bluetooth-based sysTAGs, the sysWORXX control gateways are of course also based on many other sensors, like the aforementioned contact microphone on the lathe.