Bluetooth 5 now available to device manufacturers, offering 2x speed and 4x range improvements

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Earlier this year, it was announced that Bluetooth 5 would be the new wireless standard, replacing Bluetooth 4.2 and now, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group has officially adopted the platform and made it available to manufacturers to use in devices…

Bluetooth 5 includes a variety of enhancements to the wireless technology. The standard offers longer range, faster speeds, and much more, as originally teased over a year ago.

Compared to the Bluetooth 4.2 protocol, Bluetooth 5 offers a range that’s four times longer, meaning that you don’t have to worry as much about moving too far away from a device to which you’re wirelessly connected. Furthermore, Bluetooth 5 offers two times the speed of Bluetooth 4.2, making it faster to transmit data via the technology.

Both of these improvements mean that Bluetooth devices can now provide whole-home and building coverage, as well as be used in a variety of different settings in outdoor, industrial, and commercial environments:

“This means whole-home and building coverage, as well as new use cases for outdoor, industrial, and commercial applications will be a reality. 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.”

In addition to speed and range improvements, the latest iteration of Bluetooth offers eight times the broadcast message capacity of its predecessor. This, according to the Bluetooth SIG, “increases the data sent for improved and more context relevant solutions.”

Bluetooth 5 also includes refinements that help reduce potential interference with other wireless technologies, which is crucial as we move towards a technological environment that heavily relies on wireless technology.

The Bluetooth SIG heavily touts the Internet of Things improvements that Bluetooth 5 brings. “Bluetooth 5 continues to advance the Internet of Things (IoT) experience by enabling simple and effortless interactions across the vast range of connected devices,” it writes in the press release announcing the next standard.

Bluetooth 5 will start shipping in commercial devices within two to six months, meaning that the next generation of Apple products, including the iPhone, may very well feature the new and improved wireless standard. The full press release is below:

Adoption of latest Bluetooth® specification propels interoperability, sets stage for transformative wireless connectivity

Kirkland, Washington – Dec 7, 2016 – The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) officially adopted Bluetooth 5 as the latest version of the Bluetooth core specification this week. Key updates to Bluetooth 5 include longer range, faster speed, and larger broadcast message capacity, as well as improved interoperability and coexistence with other wireless technologies. Bluetooth 5 continues to advance the Internet of Things (IoT) experience by enabling simple and effortless interactions across the vast range of connected devices.

Bluetooth is revolutionizing how people experience the IoT. Bluetooth 5 continues to drive this revolution by delivering reliable IoT connections and mobilizing the adoption of beacons, which in turn will decrease connection barriers and enable a seamless IoT experience.

“This means whole-home and building coverage, as well as new use cases for outdoor, industrial, and commercial applications will be a reality. 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.”

Key feature updates include four times range, two times speed, and eight times broadcast message capacity. Longer range powers whole home and building coverage, for more robust and reliable connections. Higher speed enables more responsive, high-performance devices. Increased broadcast message size increases the data sent for improved and more context relevant solutions.

Bluetooth 5 also includes updates that help reduce potential interference with other wireless technologies to ensure Bluetooth devices can coexist within the increasingly complex global IoT environment. Bluetooth 5 delivers all of this while maintaining its low-energy functionality and flexibility for developers to meet the needs of their device or application.

The adoption of Bluetooth 5 comes at a crucial time of industry growth, with ABI Research expecting 48 billion internet-enabled devices to be installed by 2021, of which nearly one-third will include Bluetooth.

“The global wireless connectivity market is growing rapidly, with an anticipated 10 billion annual IC shipments by 2021,” said Andrew Zignani with ABI Research. “The introduction of Bluetooth 5 will create new opportunities in various verticals of the IoT market by reducing complexity and cost and giving manufacturers greater flexibility in targeting multiple applications and use cases.”

Consumers can expect to see products built with Bluetooth 5 within two to six months of today’s release. With Bluetooth 5, Bluetooth continues to revolutionize how people experience the IoT. Bluetooth continues to embrace technological advancements and push the unlimited potential of the IoT.

For more information on Bluetooth 5: www.bluetooth.com/bluetooth5

About Bluetooth® Wireless Technology

Bluetooth is the global wireless standard for simple, secure connectivity. Propelled by a global community of more than 31,000 companies, Bluetooth serves to unify, harmonize, and drive innovation in the vast range of connected devices all around us. Through collective creation and shared technical standards, Bluetooth simplifies, secures and enriches the technology experience of users worldwide.

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