Bluetooth 5 set for launch in coming months

Bluetooth 5 set for launch in coming months [Image: pinnacleanimates via iStock]

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has announced that the next generation of Bluetooth is set to launch in the next few months.

According to the group, Bluetooth 5 will feature double the data transfer speeds, four times the network range and eight times the broadcast message capacity compared to the current generation of Bluetooth.

The SIG said that longer range can power whole home and building coverage, which will result in more robust and reliable connections. Meanwhile, higher speed is set to enable more responsive, high-performance devices, with increased broadcast message size increasing the data sent for improved and more context relevant solutions.

Bluetooth 5 will also feature improved interoperability and coexistence with other wireless technologies. The new generation of Bluetooth will continue to advance the Internet of Things (IoT) experience, by enabling simple and effortless interactions across the vast range of connected devices, according to the SIG.

Mark Powell, executive director of the SIG, said: “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.”

He went on to add: “This 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.”

Bluetooth 5 is also set to include updates that will help reduce potential interference with other wireless technologies. The SIG said that this will ensure that Bluetooth devices “can co-exist within the increasingly complex global IoT environment”.