1What Bluetooth 5 Will Bring to Internet of Things Devices in 2017
2Look for Faster Data Transmission Speeds in Bluetooth 5
3There Will Be a Big Boost in Range
In addition to speed, Bluetooth 5 will offer four times the range of earlier Bluetooth devices. So, while Bluetooth-enabled products can transfer information at up to 30 yards in some cases, Bluetooth 5 will greatly expand that range. In improved range will make the devices more versatile and more reliable.
4Data Throughput Gets a Boost
Bluetooth data throughput doesn’t always get the attention it deserves. However, as data throughput increases, device makers can bundle more sophisticated wireless features into their products. That’s why Bluetooth 5 will increase its data throughput by eight times compared to earlier Bluetooth technology.
5This Is a Wireless Product Move
According to Bluetooth SIG, it’s developed and released Bluetooth 5 now to get the technology ready for what it believes, will be a massive influx of “wireless products” in the coming years. In fact, Bluetooth SIG predicts that 13.9 billion wireless products will ship by 2020, and a third of those will ship with Bluetooth.
6Prepare for the Internet of Things
7Bluetooth 5 Promises Better Security
With hackers now targeting Internet of Things devices, Bluetooth 5 will need to deliver better security. Luckily, Bluetooth SIG says its new technology has been secured to confront some of the attacks it might face in the coming years. Bluetooth SIG didn’t share details on security enhancements, but Bluetooth 5 should be harder to hack than Bluetooth 4.
8Low Energy Usage Improves Battery Life
Bluetooth 5 has been optimized to run with lower power consumption than previous Bluetooth technologies. That means the batteries in wireless devices won’t be drained as quickly by Bluetooth 5 as they were in previous iterations. That’s another critical component in getting Bluetooth into more wireless devices.
9There is a Reduction in Wireless Interference
10Many Companies Are Behind Bluetooth 5
11Here’s When to Expect the Devices
Bluetooth SIG hasn’t provided an exact time table on when Bluetooth 5 will be making its way to devices. However, the organization did say that it has handed over its finalized specification to companies and they’re now working on delivering the technology in their products. Expect to find Bluetooth 5-ready devices on store shelves within the next few months.