The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has a new board chairman. He's Ian Macnamara, Technology Manager for Nokia's Complementary Wireless Platforms group.
As chairman, Macnamara will lead the board in providing the SIG with guidance on the creation and promotion of Bluetooth wireless technology. He succeeds Motorola's Dr. John Barr as board chairman. Barr will serve as vice-chairman of the board.
"The Bluetooth SIG is especially pleased to have Ian in this position as we move to incorporate Wibree technology, first created by Nokia, as Bluetooth technology's ultra low power solution," said Michael Foley, Ph.D., executive director of the Bluetooth SIG.
"Ultra low power Bluetooth technology opens up new markets for the popular global standard, like sports and fitness, a wider arena within healthcare and monitoring and sensor applications," said Macnamara.
"At the other end of the spectrum, high-speed Bluetooth technology will provide consumers with the ability to quickly and easily transfer huge amounts of data, like video and complete music libraries, wirelessly," he said.
In addition to his position as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Bluetooth SIG, Macnamara is also involved in the standardization of ultra-wideband technology (UWB) and serves on the WiMedia Alliance board of directors.
The Bluetooth SIG is working to incorporate UWB with the Bluetooth standard for a high-speed version of the technology expected out in 2009.