Bluetooth 5 coming in 2017 will be much faster

June 20, 2016 // By Graham Prophet
The Bluetooth SIG (Special Interest Group) has announced that its next release, coming late 2016 to early 2017, will be called Bluetooth 5. It will quadruple range, double speed, and increase data broadcasting capacity by 800%.

The SIG says that the forthcoming version of Bluetooth technology will deliver “connectionless” IoT, advancing beacon and location-based capabilities in home, enterprise and industrial situations. Extending range will deliver robust, reliable Internet of Things (IoT) connections that make full-home and building and outdoor use cases a reality. Higher speeds will send data faster and optimise responsiveness. Increasing broadcast capacity will propel the next generation of “connectionless” services such as beacons and location-relevant information and navigation.

“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 SIG. “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”

Bluetooth 5 will quadruple range and double speed of low energy connections while increasing the capacity of connectionless data broadcasts eight-fold. The way Bluetooth devices transmit information will move away from the app-paired-to-device model to a connectionless IoT where there is less need to download an app or connect the app to a device.

“In scenarios where contextual awareness like navigation and pin-point location are crucial – such as hassle-free airport navigation experiences, asset tracking of warehouse inventory, emergency response, even smart city infrastructure that helps the visually impaired be more mobile – Bluetooth 5 will send custom information people actually find useful in that moment without connection and application barriers.”

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