Bluetooth 5 has been officially adopted by Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) as the latest version of the Bluetooth core specification paving way for manufacturers to use the latest specification in their products to offer faster speeds, longer range and larger broadcast message capacity.
Bluetooth SIG revealed that Bluetooth 5 improves upon interoperability and coexistence with other wireless technologies and continues to advance the Internet of Things (IoT) experience by enabling simple and effortless interactions across the vast range of connected devices.
Some of the key updates with Bluetooth 5 are 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.
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.