Evaluating interference in Bluetooth classic and Bluetooth low energy technology

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Wireless communication is one of the dominant discoveries to mankind. Bluetooth, a wireless technology, is a crucial technology enabling wireless communications and more importantly, the internet of things. A recognized challenge in Bluetooth communication is the overlap of frequencies for specific time slots causing decreased throughput and delay of signals. This is described as Bluetooth interference. In order to improve communications in the internet of things, there is the need to evaluate and improve the Bluetooth technology. In this project, Bluetooth interference is evaluated using simulation. The two technologies involved are Bluetooth Classic and Bluetooth Low Energy. Simulation results are to help make informed decisions and recommendations in the usage of Bluetooth devices in coexistence. Findings in this study, confirm the presence of interference in the two technologies, and their relationship with the number of communicating pairs. Moreover, the incidence of interference is found to be relatively high in the Bluetooth Low Energy technology.
Applied project submitted to the Department of Computer Science, Ashesi University College, in partial fulfillment of Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science, April 2017
Bluetooth, wireless technology, interference, Internet of Things (IoT)