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Dr. Michael Foley, Former Executive Director of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), Joins RF Digital’s Simblee Team

March 30, 2015
By Business Wire News


RF Digital announced today it has added Dr. Michael (Mike) Foley, former Executive Director of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), to the RF Digital team. Foley brings extensive foundational experience with wireless communication systems, including Bluetooth 4.0 and low energy, and will be working in the core RF Digital Simblee team.

Dr. Michael (Mike) Foley will join the RF Digital Simblee group. (Photo: Business Wire)

Dr. Michael (Mike) Foley will join the RF Digital Simblee group. (Photo: Business Wire)

“We are honored to have Mike as part of our team, and are looking forward to an extraordinary future with him as a part of the Simblee team,” said Armen Kazanchian, founder and president of RF Digital Corporation. “The momentous role that Mike has played in the creation and global adoption of Bluetooth itself makes him a perfect fit for our team and global plan. His creativity, in-depth understanding of communications, the underlying technology, the ecosystem, and how Simblee plays its role in the future of the IoT are significant assets.”

Simblee is Internet of Things (IoT) for connecting Everyone and Everything (IoT4EE). The Simblee BLE Module is a revolutionary, high-quality, cutting-edge, performance focused 7×10 mm Bluetooth low energy module with built-in antenna and ARM controller with 29 GPIOs. Simblee supports standard Bluetooth Low Energy and also has communication modes with 3 millisecond latency and 10 microsecond accuracy. Simblee incorporates Mobile, BLE, Mesh, Cloud, and other forms of wireless connectivity, opening up possibilities in applications across countless industries.

“Simblee eliminates so many issues when scaling IoT. It’s very creative with infinite possibilities, across a wide range of industries for consumers and developers. This type of forward thinking is what really excites me,” said Foley. “Simblee is a massive step forward for connecting devices via simple mobile apps and then getting that data to the Cloud. Simblee is the future. I’m very pleased to be part of this fast moving, innovative team.”

Developers can start developing functional mobile and IoT applications in just hours using the Simblee development environment without having to first learn iOS and Android SDKs or development tools such as Xcode. Using the Simblee mobile browser on a phone or tablet, consumers can interact with Simblee enabled devices instantly without needing to download additional apps for each device. For more information, visit

About Mike Foley

Prior to joining RF Digital, Michael W. Foley, Ph.D. served as Executive Director for the Bluetooth SIG, Inc. from 2004 – 2012. In this role, Foley oversaw all aspects of the SIG including specification publication, qualification and testing programs, marketing initiatives, member relations, and regulatory efforts. During his term at the helm of Bluetooth SIG, the technology and organization saw unprecedented growth. Foley represented the Bluetooth SIG as the primary spokesperson, giving presentations at events around the world and conducting interviews with eminent print and broadcast media including Larry King Live, The Today Show, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.

Foley holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Iowa, as well as master’s and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering, with specialties in communications systems and object-oriented software programming, from Arizona State University.

About RF Digital Corporation

RF Digital designs and manufactures high-quality, cutting-edge wireless systems for mission critical applications. For over 15 years, RF Digital has supplied the aerospace, automotive, public safety, industrial, defense, law enforcement, medical and high quality consumer electronics industries for major companies including Motorola, General Electric and United Technologies. RF Digital is known in the global marketplace for its innovative solutions, excellent support and decades of experience. Visit for more information.

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