Bluetooth 5 products to roll out in 2017
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has officially adopted Bluetooth 5 as the latest version of the Bluetooth core specification as of Dec. 7. Key updates to Bluetooth 5, according to the company, include longer range, faster speed and larger broadcast message capacity, as well as improved interoperability and coexistence with other wireless technologies.
“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,” said Mark Powell, executive director of the Bluetooth SIG. ”This means whole-home and building coverage, as well as new use cases for outdoor, industrial, and commercial applications will be a reality.”
Bluetooth SIC says this latest version 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.
“The global wireless connectivity market is growing rapidly, with an anticipated 10 billion annual IC shipments by 2021,” said Andrew Zignani with ABI Research. “The introduction of Bluetooth 5 will create new opportunities in various verticals of the IoT market by reducing complexity and cost and giving manufacturers greater flexibility in targeting multiple applications and use cases.”
Consumers can expect to see products built with Bluetooth 5 within two to six months from now.