IoT: Bluetooth® 5 is announced and push the limits of innovation.


IoT: Bluetooth® 5 is announced and push the limits of innovation.

The IoT technologies are multiplying, each one trying to respond to specific uses such as home automation or logistics. Among these technologies, the Bluetooth® has an international reputation and the Bluetooth SIG relies on its network of 30,000 companies to collect insights and enhance its technologies.

A new Bluetooth to rule them all.

On June 16th, the Bluetooth® SIG announces the release of Bluetooth® 5 in late 2016 with the following characteristics:

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Bluetooth® 5 will make beacons, location awareness, and other connectionless services an even more relevant part of an effortless and seamless IoT experience” said Mark Powell, executive director of the Bluetooth SIG.

These improvements will considerably change the IoT world, allowing the development of new application and improving the existing ones such as marketing content and industrial process monitoring.

Range x4

By quadrupling the range, Bluetooth will deliver powerful and reliable IoT connections to reach whole home and industrial buildings. This will enable Alpwise to push the limit even more so in IoT systems as we did outdoor for ZeTracker long range beacon.

Connection Speed x2

With the increased throughput to 2 Mbps, Bluetooth Low Energy will send data faster and optimize responsiveness. Uploading a software update over the air with the help of Alpwise FOTA solution will take even less time.

Broadcasting capacity x 8 should propel connectionless” and location-based services

The Bluetooth® 5 is the push the beacon market needed to develop itself in the home automation, enterprise, and industrial markets.

The increase of data broadcasting will redefine the way Bluetooth devices transmit information, moving away from the app-paired-to-device model to a connectionless IoT where there is less need to download an app or connect the app to a device. We can now imagine a mall’s visitor receive an ad and be located at the same time.
The latest versions of Alpwise BLE 4.2 Host and Link Layer SDK(s) have already been designed to ease the evolution towards the announced Bluetooth 5.0 release.

Bluetooth ubiquity

According to ABI Research, there are already 8.2 billion Bluetooth products in use, and it is projected that Bluetooth will be in more than one-third of all installed IoT devices by 2020.