Phoenix Contact buys 13% of connectBlue to aid Bluetooth efforts

Blomburg, Germany; Malmö, Sweden—Phoenix Contact reports that it has strengthened its wireless industrial automation partnership by acquiring 13% of connectBlue, partially from a former stockholder.


Blomburg, Germany; Malmö, Sweden— Phoenix Contact reports that it has strengthened its wireless industrial automation partnership by acquiring 13% of connectBlue , partially from a former stockholder. Phoenix Contact says it chose connectBlue as a strategic partner for implementing Bluetooth and other wireless technologies in its industrial automation products and applications.

The two companies have been collaborating on projects to integrate Bluetooth communication in industrial interface and automation products. One current project is to develop a real-time communication solution for wireless, Bluetooth-based transmissions of control signals in automation systems. This will simplify integration of moving and rotating machine parts into automation networks and reduce wear and tear.

'We decided on a strategic partnership with connectBlue to strengthen our activities in providing complete Bluetooth solutions in industrial interface and automation applications. This means that existing synergies can be used in a better way, and present cooperation can be further expanded,' says Roland Bent, Phoenix Contact’s senior VP.

Rolf Nilsson, connectBlue’s president, adds that, 'The strategic partnership with Phoenix will further strengthen our ability to provide the industrial automation market with first-class Bluetooth solutions.' Founded in March 2000, connectBlue supplies Bluetooth solutions and gives users ready-to-use products, as well as custom design services, customized hardware, and software solutions.

Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Jim Montague, news editor

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