Bluetooth 5

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (Bluetooth SIG) is now busy working on the next generation of the wireless transmission standard. This will be called Bluetooth 5 and will be officially unveiled on June 16, according to Mark Powell, the SIG’s Executive Director.

Bluetooth 5 will bring with it double the range of current Bluetooth 4 and quadruple the speed of low energy Bluetooth transmissions. It will also give significant new functionality for connectionless services like location-relevant information and navigation. By adding much more capacity to advertising transmissions, It will further propel the adoption and deployment of beacons and location-based services to users around the world.

Bluetooth adheres to U.S. federal security regulations, ensuring that all Bluetooth devices are capable of meeting and exceeding strict government security standards.

The power-efficiency of Bluetooth with low energy functionality makes it perfect for devices that run for long periods on power sources, such as coin cell batteries or energy-harvesting devices. Bluetooth 5 offers the option of increased range or speed, and it’s always low energy.

Bluetooth 5 also includes updates that help reduce potential interference with other wireless technologies to make sure Bluetooth devices can coexist within the increasingly complex global IOT environment.

Full details will be revealed it an upcoming media event in London on 16 June.

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