Blue­tooth 5 is here, promis­ing to drive IoT adop­tion

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The Blue­tooth Spe­cial In­ter­est Group (SIG) has just an­nounced the fifth ver­sion of its wire­less pro­to­col. Blue­tooth Low En­ergy (BLE) tech­nol­ogy is likely to gain con­sid­er­ably from the new upgrade.

Blue­tooth 5 is touted to be twice as fast for low-power ap­pli­ca­tions than the pre­ced­ing ver­sion. The speed of the lat­est Blue­tooth stan­dard could be as fast as 2Mbps. The new tech­nol­ogy sup­pos­edly covers four times broader range, which could be an en­tire house or at least a floor of a build­ing.

Mark Pow­ell, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Blue­tooth SIG, be­lieves that Blue­tooth 5 opens up new pos­si­bil­i­ties for

IoT de­vices.

“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 and se­cure con­nec­tiv­ity,” he said.

The con­cepts of smart homes and con­nected home au­to­ma­tion products are still in the nascent stage. But home au­to­ma­tion with Blue­tooth 5 is pre­dicted to be­come a lot eas­ier. It would also en­hance smart­phones of the present age. How­ever, it will take two to three years for all mo­bile de­vices to fea­ture Blue­tooth 5.

BLE de­vices have al­ready out­num­bered the Blue­tooth en­abled products. The fifth-gen­er­a­tion tech­nol­ogy is ex­pected to boost this growth further and drive the adop­tion of BLE de­vices even higher. The new speed and range for BLE will help en­ter­prises use BLE-pow­ered bea­cons for lo­ca­tion. A high rise in the adop­tion of BLE products is ex­pected to con­tinue to help users broad­cast data.

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