A New Look at Bluetooth® Density for the Office

The promise of workplace mobility, including wireless office technologies such as Bluetooth, offers ways to fast track employee productivity, customer satisfaction, and business innovation. Mobility enables new ways to work more effectively without typical barriers of the office environment. The question is, are you ready?
A recent industry analyst survey of over 1,000 IT decision makers working in US and European businesses revealed that 66% of their companies use smartphones for work and 46% use tablets1. In the paradigm shift to workplace mobility and on-the-go connectivity, demand for cordless headsets has significantly increased and is expected to equal corded headset shipments in the next five years2.
The wireless office landscape offers great business benefits, but challenges, too. IT managers are particularly keen to address density issues across office environments with open spaces,
crowded areas or those with ambient noise issues. The degree of density matters when initiating and managing wireless headset environments. Plantronics’ wireless engineers recently designed a real-world simulation model to study Bluetooth behavior under varying conditions, as compared to earlier Bluetooth density data.
The model measures and analyzes pertinent impacts to density, and the new findings are impressive. Key takeaways include:
• The study results ensure the most relevant and appropriate Bluetooth density guidance to date due to the specifics of the simulation model. The governing factors include:
–– Number of users in a specified area
–– Volume of calls made per hour
–– Proximity of users to each other
–– Wi-Fi infrastructure, including the presence of zero,    one and two Wi-Fi access points in the same office area
• This is the first Plantronics density study that includes the presence of Wi-Fi access points in the analysis, which is crucial given the prevalence of Wi-Fi in office environments today
• New Bluetooth density recommendations show up to a 6X density improvement over the best-case findings for previously Plantronics published density study results associated with earlier generations of Bluetooth technology
This paper furnishes readers with details about the latest findings in achieving maximum Bluetooth density and why they are important.

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