The Bluetooth Special Interest Group has now officially announced the Bluetooth 5, after the rumors of last week. The improved technology will be substantially improving the IoT.

What’s new?

  • Doubles its speed.
  • Quadruples the range of its predecessor.
  • Increases data broadcasting capacity by a factor of 8.
  • Enabled devices the ability to send each other limited amounts of information even if they aren’t pared with each other.

I know, you are most probably thinking about the last point. Well yes, you read it right, data transfer without your concern. Where thinking about this will probably fear some, but some will likely be glad about it (because of the benefits). The security department will make sure there are boundaries to protect privacy of users.

“Bluetooth 5 will transform the way people experience the IoT by making it something that happens simply and seamlessly around them,” said Mark Powell, executive director of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group. “Increasing operation range will enable connections to IoT devices that extend far beyond the walls of a typical home, while increasing speed supports faster data transfers and software updates for devices. And now with the ability to broadcast a much richer set of information, Bluetooth 5 will make beacons, location awareness, and other connectionless services an even more relevant part of an effortless and seamless IoT experience”

The ‘beacons’ will be physically placed Bluetooth hubs that will give Bluetooth 5 enabled devices a better understanding of their surroundings. 371 million of these beacons distributed throughout the world by 2020.

Bluetooth 5 will hit the market between late 2016 to early 2017.

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