Mobility

An Assessment of the Performance of Bluetooth as a Broadcasting Channel

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Executive Summary

This research looks into assessing the potential of using Bluetooth as a broadcasting medium for transmission of data files among Bluetooth-enabled devices. The effect of several parameters such as data file types and sizes, distance, barriers and interference from other wireless technologies on the system were tested. The software was written in Java in order to allow interoperability across multiple platforms. It was programmed to discover all Bluetooth-enabled devices within its range irrespective of the number of devices present and then broadcast multimedia content to these devices. This study shows that Bluetooth broadcasting would be appropriate for any file types not exceeding 500 KB in size.

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