Over the next year, we are going to be seeing devices with Bluetooth 5 connections, which work over much larger areas and at faster speeds than the current devices. This will be made possible because of changes in the standard which were released yesterday, according to The Verge.
Bluetooth 5 will be fast and cover more area
Companies can start building and certifying products that work with Bluetooth 5. The first batch of these devices is expected to come out in the next two to six months. Bluetooth 5 was first announced earlier this year, and the details about it have not changed since then.
Bluetooth SIG, the special interest group that supervises the standard, said Bluetooth connections in their common low-energy format should be able to reach about four times the distance and twice the speeds of what they can achieve today. It is not known what these Bluetooth 5 devices will reach in the real world. However, even decent advances in both range and speed would take away the biggest shortcomings of the current standard.
Bluetooth 5 may have been released, but we may not be able to notice a difference for several years, says The Verge. First, manufacturers have to make devices based on this new standard, and then you will have to buy those devices. Any improvements will be little until you are using a laptop, fitness tracker, and smartphone that can take advantage of these changes to Bluetooth.
Improving the IoT experience
The new tech is supposed to make Bluetooth beacons work more efficiently as well. The main updates to Bluetooth 5 include larger broadcast message capacity and improved coexistence and inter-operability with other wireless tech. By allowing simple and effortless interactions across a vast range of connected devices, Bluetooth 5 continues to advance the Internet of Things (IoT) experience.
“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,” Mark Powell, executive director of Bluetooth SIG, said in a press release.
This means whole-building and home coverage and new use cases for industrial, commercial and industrial applications will be a reality, said Powell. This new standard indicates that SIG continues to evolve to meet the requirements of consumers and IoT developers while staying honest to what Bluetooth is at its core, which is “the global wireless standard for simple, secure, connectivity,” said Powell.