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Bluetooth 5 officially adopted

Bluetooth 5 promises to bring faster transfer rates over longer distances. (Source: Bluetooth SIG)
Bluetooth 5 promises to bring faster transfer rates over longer distances. (Source: Bluetooth SIG)
The wireless connectivity standard has been upgraded with faster speeds and longer range. The organization behind Bluetooth hopes this update will revolutionize the Internet of Things.

Bluetooth is one of the most prevalent connectivity standards in the world. From smartphones to computer keyboards, wearables to door locks, the wireless technology can be found in a myriad of devices. Today, it’s getting an upgrade. The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) announced the adoption of Bluetooth 5. The new standard is a definite improvement on the current standard: Bluetooth 5 brings twice the speed, four times the range, and eight times the broadcast capacity of Bluetooth 4.2.

The Bluetooth SIG is targeting the Internet of Things (IoT) with the update. In a press release, Bluetooth SIG Executive Director Mark Powell said that the new standard "means whole-home and building coverage, as well as new use cases for outdoor, industrial, and commercial applications will be a reality. 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, secure, connectivity."

The press release goes on to state that “Bluetooth 5 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.” Devices equipped with Bluetooth 5 can be expected to arrive within the next two to six months.


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Sam Medley, 2016-12- 7 (Update: 2016-12- 7)