Bluetooth 5 standard with twice the speed and four times the range announced

Preparing itself for the next generation of devices, the Bluetooth SIG has now announced the Bluetooth 5 standard for wireless communication.


 The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has announced the Bluetooth 5, which would be the next-generation standard for wireless communication. The new standard claims to double speeds and quadruple range of low energy connections. The Bluetooth 5 standard is expected to be released by late 2016 and is expected to make its way onto devices in 2017.

Interestingly, the Bluetooth 5 standard seems to be focusing on connected devices under the Internet of Things (IoT) domain. It boasts of an improved broadcast messaging capacity while increasing the capacity of connectionless data broadcasts by 800 percent, which would eventually result in the increase in the adoption and deployment of beacons and location-based services in the home automation, enterprise, and industrial markets.

Speaking about the Bluetooth 5 standard, Mark Powell, Executive Director, Bluetooth SIG, said, “Bluetooth 5 will transform the way people experience the IoT by making it something that happens simply and seamlessly around them. 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.