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Bluetooth 5 Will Enable “Seamless” IoT Experiences

20th December 2016

It has been more than 20 years since Bluetooth technology was first developed and today it can be seen in every gadget on the market offering low-cost, low-powered wireless connectivity to the masses. The next generation Bluetooth 5 looks very promising and will no doubt become a key component in IoT devices.


​Specifications for this new standard of connectivity were released by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) and this revolutionary technology is expected to be seen in new devices within the next two to six months. By far the most impressive improvements are the speed and range of Bluetooth 5 connectivity that is likely to be twice as fast with 4X the range of the previous version.
 
This technology is promised to be the Holy Grail for IoT devices enabling instantaneous connectivity from anywhere inside a house or building and can be used to transmit large amounts of data while only using the minimal amount of battery life. It sounds like a perfect connectivity solution for home and industry automation applications with eight times the broadcast message capacity of its predecessor, Bluetooth 4.2.
 
As it appears, Bluetooth technology could be here to stay, therefore the next generation contains updates to help reduce potential interference with other wireless technologies, therefore it can coexist within the progressively more complex global IoT environment.
 
“Bluetooth is revolutionising how people experience the Internet of Things. Bluetooth 5 continues to drive this revolution by delivering reliable IoT connections and mobilising the adoption of beacons, which in turn will decrease connection barriers and enable a seamless IoT experience,” said Mark Powell, executive director of the Bluetooth SIG.
 
“With the launch of Bluetooth 5, we continue to evolve to meet the needs of IoT developers and consumers while staying true to what Bluetooth is at its core: the global wireless standard for simple, secure, connectivity.”
 
The alternative, Wi-Fi has a higher bandwidth however it requires more power, often draining smartphone batteries, and is more complicated. Almost all low-powered devices such as smartphones, smartwatches and audio accessories use Bluetooth technology. In 2017 we are likely to see more IoT devices to flourish in the market with Bluetooth 5 connectivity.
 
relevant: Bluetooth, IoT

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