The organisation says longer range will deliver robust, reliable IoT connections, whilst higher speeds will optimise responsiveness. Meanwhile, increased broadcast capacity will enable the next generation of what it calls ‘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.
Bluetooth 5 is expected to quadruple range and double data transmission rates of low energy connections, while increasing connectionless data broadcast capacity by a factor of eight.
Powell added: “Today, there are 8.2billion Bluetooth products in use, and the enhancements in Bluetooth 5 and planned future Bluetooth technical advancements mean that Bluetooth will be in more than one-third of all installed IoT devices by 2020. The drive and innovation of Bluetooth will ensure our technology continues to be the IoT solution of choice for all developers.”
* Meanwhile, Blossom Group has been named as the 30,000th member of the Bluetooth SIG. The startup is building infrasound and low frequency noise relaxation products.