Evaluating Bluetooth Low Energy for IoT

J. Fürst, K. Chen, H. Kim, P. Bonnet

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Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) is the short-range, single-hop protocol of choice for the edge of the IoT. Despite its growing significance for phone-to-peripheral communication, BLE's smartphone system performance characteristics are not well understood. As others, we experienced mixed erratic performance results in our BLE based smartphone-centric applications. In these applications, developers can only access low-level functionalities through multiple layers of OS and hardware abstractions. We propose an experimental framework for such systems, with which we perform experiments on a variety of modern smartphones. Our evaluation characterizes existing devices and gives new insight about peripheral parameters settings. We show that BLE performances vary significantly in non-trivial ways, depending on SoC and OS with a vast impact on applications.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2018 IEEE Workshop on Benchmarking Cyber-Physical Networks and Systems (CPSBench)
Number of pages6
Publication date1 Apr 2018
ISBN (Print) 978-1-5386-6742-2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2018


  • Bluetooth
  • Internet of Things
  • mobile computing
  • smart phones
  • IoT
  • Bluetooth Low Energy
  • phone-to-peripheral communication
  • mixed erratic performance results
  • low-level functionalities
  • hardware abstractions
  • modern smartphones
  • peripheral parameters settings
  • BLE performances
  • BLE smartphone system performance characteristics
  • BLE based smartphone-centric applications
  • Smart phones
  • Hardware
  • Benchmark testing
  • Wireless communication
  • Wireless fidelity
  • Androids
  • Evaluation
  • Benchmark
  • Smartphones
  • BLE


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