The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has revealed that Bluetooth 5 is coming soon, this would be the latest version of Bluetooth which will represent a major improvement over the current version. It will feature faster speeds and a range that is four times it’s predecessor. Apart from it supporting a wider range, the new standard will also add more functionality which will enable it provide information like locations and navigation.
Earlier on the Bluetooth SIG promised to implement the following features into its next version;
Increase in Range: Bluetooth versions will have a range of almost 4 times the current range of typical Class 2 devices which is at 10 meters. This would help home/workplace appliances and devices to connect at a greater distance with each other.
Increase in transfer speeds: Bluetooth SIG has promised a 100% increase in data transfer speed, which won’t affect power consumption negatively. Now they’ve gotten my attention, currently Bluetooth 4.0 speed is at 24Mbit/s, with this new development, transfer speed will increase to almost 50Mbit/s, wait time has been reduced, yea?
Mesh Networking this will allow networked Bluetooth devices to provide coverage for whole buildings and homes. This upgrade will put a smile on the faces of many, though a lot now prefer to transfer files using other protocols such as WiFi & NFC, a higher percentage still prefer Bluetooth, besides from the look of things it’s not going to be obsolete any time soon.
Here’s a statement made by Bluetooth SIG executive director Mark Powell;
“I’d like to share with you an exciting update on the future of Bluetooth; As many of you know, our Core Specification Working Group is busy finalizing the next Bluetooth release. Two of the most frequent questions I receive are, “What will the next version be called?” and “What will it make possible?” I’m pleased to tell you that on 16 June we will formally announce that the next version of Bluetooth will be marketed as “Bluetooth 5.” Veterans of the SIG will note that with this name we have dropped reference to both the version and point number in our marketing messaging. Our new naming approach is focused on simplifying our marketing, communicating user benefits more effectively and making it easier to signal significant technology updates to the market.
On the technical side, Bluetooth 5 has a lot to offer. As previously announced, it will double the range and quadruple the speed of low energy Bluetooth transmissions. But there’s more. Bluetooth 5 will also provide significant new functionality for connectionless services like location-relevant information and navigation. By adding significantly more capacity to advertising transmissions, Bluetooth 5 will further propel the adoption and deployment of beacons and location-based services to users around the world. It’s a great story and one we’re looking forward to telling from our upcoming media event in London on 16 June.”
As seen in the official statement, the official announcement and details regarding Bluetooth 5 are expected to be announced in London on June 16th during a media event being held by the Bluetooth SIG.
Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard for exchanging data over short distances from fixed and mobile devices, and building personal area networks (PANs). Invented by telecom vendor Ericsson in 1994, it was originally conceived as a wireless alternative to RS-232 data cables. It can connect several devices, overcoming problems of synchronization.
The name “Bluetooth” is an Anglicised version of the Scandinavian Blåtand/Blåtann (Old Norse blátǫnn), the epithet of the tenth-century king Harald Bluetooth who united dissonant Danish tribes into a single kingdom and, according to legend, introduced Christianity as well. The idea of this name was proposed in 1997 by Jim Kardach who developed a system that would allow mobile phones to communicate with computers.
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) is the body that oversees the development of Bluetooth standards and the licensing of the Bluetooth technologies and trademarks to manufacturers. The SIG is a not-for-profit, non-stock corporation founded in September 1998. The SIG is headquartered in Kirkland, Washington. The SIG has local offices in Beijing, Seoul, Tokyo, and Malmö.