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Bluetooth Wireless Technology

What is Bluetooth Wireless Technology?

Bluetooth Wireless Iechnology is a method of exchanging data over short distances between various devices using radio waves. Bluetooth allows the time clocks in TimePilot Extreme Blue clocks to communicate with smartphones.

It has a range of up to 100 meters (109 yards), but because TimePilot requires supervisors to tap a Management iButton to the Extreme Blue time clock before the data is transmitted, supervisors' phones are seldom more than an arm's length away. The Management iButton serves two purposes: It verifies that the person using it is an authorized supervisor, and it saves battery life in the clock. When the Management iButton is touched to the clock, the clock's Bluetooth circuitry "wakes up" and begins transmitting. That's how TimePilot can make the AA batteries last a year or more.

The technology was invented by Swedish-based cell phone manufacturer Ericsson in 1994 and gets its name from that of the 10th-century king Harald Bluetooth, who united Danish tribes into a single kingdom.

For more about Bluetooth Wireless Technology and how it works with TimePilot products, click here.

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