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Building Bluetooth Low Energy Mobile Apps To Enhance Your Business Competency

The Bluetooth technology is one of the finest inventions by the mankind that made short-range wireless data transmission automatic, affordable and accessible. But on the flip side, the high power consumption of Bluetooth in Android and other standalone devices has always been a cause of concern.

The evolution of the Bluetooth Low Energy technology

In the year 2010, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology (or Bluetooth Smart) shot to popularity because of the inherent challenges that traditional Bluetooth LE based technology development posed. Introduced in the Bluetooth 4.0 version, BLE transmits data wirelessly over short distances by relatively consuming lesser energy. The reason for less energy consumption is that BLE periodically transmits minimal amount of data in the form of packets over a short distance.

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How Bluetooth LE powered devices work?

BLE working Procedure

BLE powered devices typically assume two roles namely the master and the slave. The peripheral device or the slave transmits information and the central device or the master receives the information. In a typical real life scenario, the BLE beacons are the peripherals, which keep on transmitting data in the form of packets so as to broadcast its presence. While the Smartphone, which acts as a central device, receives the data when it comes in close contact with the beacons and performs the intended action.

Redefining connectivity & transforming businesses with BLE mobile app development

If Mobile apps made our lives easy, then BLE-powered android & ios mobile apps development has made our lives smart. When these apps are used in tandem with BLE enabled devices, the final outcome is something phenomenal. Let us see what they are:



Introduced by Apple, iBeacon is just a small device operating on BLE. These devices typically transmit data. When the user’s iPhone comes in close proximity with the iBeacon, the BLE app installed in the iPhone listens to the signal and executes the prescribed action.

Beacons normally transmit location related information to your mobile app. For instance, when a customer with a BLE mobile app enabled device walks into a store with beacon system, he/she will be greted with a notification that greets or offers an ongoing deal.Need we say more about the scope for iBeacon app development for Android and iOS devices in the coming years.

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Wearable Technology

wearable_technologiesWearable technology has created a sensation and is posing a grave threat to smartphone’s dominance. As per this technology, the BLE and a sensor are integrated to a wearable device such as a watch, wristband, glasses and so on. These devices transmit information wireless to your BLE mobile app.

In real life, a wearable device such as an activity tracker when attached to your body, tracks the pulse rate, blood pressure and other health related information and sends it to your BLE mobile app. There are many such applications of wearable devices. At present fitness and healthcare industries make the best use of wearable technology.

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Internet of Things (IOT)


Internet of things is a sensational technology that empowers devices to communicate with each other without any human intervention. For instance, IoT enables users to switch off lights or set up home surveillance from a remote location using a BLE-powered Android mobile app.

IoT app development play a vital role in simplifying lives that revolves around smartphones enabled with BLE technology. From automated door locking to communicating with smart appliances, there is unlimited potential for IoT in daily human life.

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Industry Sectors employing BLE mobile apps

Not only established industries, but also industries that are on the brink of collapse have started embracing the BLE mobile app technology as a part of their revival strategy. Here are some of the industries that have been successfully using the BLE technology:


Limitations of BLE mobile apps

  • As BLE sends information in the form of short packets, large amount of data cannot be sent to your mobile apps.
  • An iBeacon using Bluetooth LE technology, sometimes take time to detect the BLE mobile app that is moving away from it.
  • BLE mobile apps are vulnerable against security attacks.

Some of the high profile BLE mobile apps delivered by Contus

Contus is a front-runner in BLE mobile apps development for automobile, healthcare, fitness, hospitality and many other major industries. A brief summary of some of the BLE mobile apps that Contus has developed is as below:

V.ALRT app for safeguarding human life

Industry: Healthcare
valert BLEThis app has been built using the BLE technology and works in tandem with wearable device. The wearable device is typically a pendant worn by the user. The pendant, which has BLE integrated to it is wirelessly connected with the V.ALRT app in the smartphone. In case of any emergencies, the user needs to tap the pendant and instantly an alert notification is sent from the app to 3 phone contacts that have been predefined by the user. If the user’s phone has GPS installed then even the location details are sent to the contacts.

Rewardinator app to keep pub goers engaged

Industry: Hospitality

rewardinatorRewardinator was developed to transform the image of Landsdowne Pub, Boston’s Century old leading pub chain among the present day pub goers. Hence, many customer engaging features were incorporated in to this app. One of the crucial features was Location Based Services, which is based on BLE technology. Pub goers that have installed this app receive notifications related to the pub’s location, offers and coupons when they are geographically close to the pub. This feature happened to spike the interest in customers and within a year’s time Landsdowne pub witnessed a twofold increase in their customer base.

The list does not end here. There are many such BLE mobile apps, which we had built for our clients. With new technologies coming every now and then, going the BLE way could certainly reap rich dividends for your business.

We are excited to build a phenomenal BLE mobile app for your business

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36 Comments on "Building Bluetooth Low Energy Mobile Apps To Enhance Your Business Competency"

Emily Lynch
3 years 8 months ago

I have been experimenting with BLE enabled devices in the recent days. Planning to integrate it with my retail store app to push deals to customers when they come near my store. Any inputs?

3 years 7 months ago

Along with that you should also add those deals on your website and deploy an EddyStone beacon at your store with this url. Then you would get more customers as people without your retail app would also be able to see the EddyStone url.
To test your EddyStone beacon you can use the following app or Physical web enabled Chrome browser

3 years 8 months ago

Building iBeacon apps is definitely a great way to boost traffic to your store – both online and offline stores. You are in the right way and I urge you to work further to get a BLE enabled app for your store. In case you need professional help, feel free to get in touch with us at

Andre Bodaan
3 years 8 months ago

is there any API’s you built for bluetooth smart?

Jaap Verhagen
3 years 9 months ago

How much is ble developer cost?

Steve Bob
3 years 10 months ago

Is it possible to make specific electronic appliances work with a bluetooth remote like capability?

3 years 10 months ago

Is it possible for two connected (BLE) devices to receive a third Bluetooth signal that triggers something?

3 years 10 months ago

Are Bluetooth Smart devices and Bluetooth Smart Ready devices one and the same?

Lee Miller
3 years 10 months ago

Agreed. Bluetooth consumes low power and hence is proving to be useful.

3 years 10 months ago

Why is Bluetooth LE so hyped? I don’t see much worth in it.

3 years 10 months ago

Can you develop car remote key using bluetooth low energy method?

Vipin Jain
3 years 11 months ago

Hello Vignesh,

I find mobile app development blog on google and your blog appear into google first page and i click above link than i redirect to your blog this is really nice blog related Bluetooth Technologies and you have mention good tips.

Robert Le Blah
3 years 11 months ago

I need to develop Bluetooth LE device for my organization, how much is cost?

3 years 11 months ago

I want to develop a app like fitbit. basically a wearable technology based fitness app to monitor and track health conditions. Would you suggest the suitable profiles?

4 years 5 days ago

What is the point in building Bluetooth mobile apps when the distance coverage is small?

Clay Miles
4 years 13 days ago

Although Bluetooth low energy conserves energy it is not really suitable for longer distance communication. So if that gets better, it could prove to be a game changer for Bluetooth LE mobile apps.

4 years 12 days ago

It’s 2.4GHz and similar to WiFi. For longer distances you’ll need totally different technology. LoRA for example,, if you necessarily need something new. Just plain 3G/4G would be long-distance enough for most people.

Tim Handorf
4 years 14 days ago

I do some customization in my bluetooth low energy app, is it possible?

4 years 19 days ago

I prefer to build a Bluetooth touch screen and connect with my smartphone. Could you say something about the apps that can be controlled using Bluetooth device?

Melinda Harmon
4 years 22 days ago

So going by your post it suggests that Bluetooth LE mobile apps work best in communion with iBeacons & wearable technology?