Stronger Bluetooth for Young Businesses
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), which is promoting Bluetooth tech development and adoption, has introduced a Bluetooth Small Business Incentive Program, which aims to develop technology market by creating new innovation avenues and market entry for smaller units.
The Bluetooth SIG has promoter group companies including Ericsson, Intel, Lenovo, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia, and Toshiba. Its incentive program will provide a one-time discount on qualification related fees to those who apply for and meet the SIG’s small business designation criteria.
The criteria to participate: Small companies should have a paid-in capital of $2.4 million or less and their revenue from the most recent financial year should not exceed $3 million. Program participants will receive two listings on the Qualified Design Listings (QDL) and a 1-year license to use the Bluetooth Profile Tuning Suite (PTS) for a pre-payment of USD $2,500. According to the Group, this is equivalent to a savings of $15,000 in costs associated with processes required for intellectual property and trademark license.
The Program is available to companies worldwide.
Bluetooth wireless technology is the global short-range wireless standard for personal connectivity for an array of electronic devices. According to the Bluetooth SIG, over five new Bluetooth-enabled products are qualified every working day and 13 million Bluetooth units are shipping per week. The installed base of Bluetooth devices is nearly 2 billion and it’s expanding.