ITTC Project

Protocol, Profile, and Interoperability Testing of Bluetooth Devices

Project Award Date: 11-15-2002


The essence of our approach is to consider a number of Bluetooth devices and study their pair-wise interactions. Each study will examine whether the Bluetooth components are capable of interacting as intended. Successful and unsuccessful interactions will be recorded. We will use KU/ITTC derived tests. Results of tests, including usability and interoperability, will be documented and comprise the principle deliverable of this proposal.

To begin, we will develop a testing strategy. The tests will include usability issues based on user manuals, and whether devices perform to specifications. These form the basis of the individual device tests.

Bluetooth devices are only as useful as their ability to communicate and interoperate with other Bluetooth devices. Thus, we will perform interoperability tests based on Bluetooth protocols and profiles. We anticipate as many 20 Bluetooth devices will be tested, and the results of tests will form an interoperability matrix. Measurements of interoperability will include quantitative results (e.g., did device A transmit an Object to Device B), as well as qualitative results (e.g., is it "hard" to use a device).

If devices are found not to interoperate, we will investigate the possibility of user error. For confirmed interoperability problems the test setup and scenario will be fully documented.

Bluetooth wireless technology is revolutionizing personal connectivity by providing freedom from wired connectionsenabling links between mobile computers, mobile phones, portable handheld devices, and connectivity to the Internet.

Bluetooth is designed to provide an interface by which devices can interface without wires, synchronize, and exchange information. The success of Bluetooth critically depends on whether the Bluetooth devices can indeed interface, synchronize, and exchange information, especially given the degree of freedom within the Bluetooth specifications and the diversity of Bluetooth devices and profiles. Unbiased knowledge regarding the degree by which Bluetooth devices interoperate can give the Bluetooth SIG valuable information to direct future efforts, qualify products, and promote Bluetooth.

We will provide extensive, unbiased measurements of the degree by which Bluetooth devices interoperate. To support this mission, we will examine Bluetooth devices to determine whether and to what degree the devices accomplish interoperability.


Faculty Investigator(s): Joseph Evans (PI), Daniel Deavours

Project Sponsors

Primary Sponsor(s): Bluetooth SIG

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