An update to the decades-old technology Bluetooth was officially adopted this week, offering wireless connections with faster pairing and a longer range.
Bluetooth 5, which has been accepted as the official standard for the connection technology by the industry body Bluetooth SIG, is expected to boost the creation of wireless connected gadgets, part of the internet of things.
The advancement comes as the industry for connected devices is expected to grow to 48 billion installed worldwide by 2021, according to ABI Research. One third of these gadgets will have Bluetooth capability.
Here’s what you need to know about Bluetooth 5.
How is Bluetooth 5 different?
Bluetooth 5 is twice as fast as its predecessor and can connect devices at quadruple the range, making it more reliable for use outside and around the whole of a house.
The bandwidth on Bluetooth 5 is 2 Mbps up from 1 Mbps, which means devices with the new standard will be able to transfer twice as much data, as well as making it quicker to send and receive information.
This means devices will be able to download updates in less time, and export collected information, for example from a sensor, at fast speeds.
“Whole-home and building coverage, as well as new use cases for outdoor, industrial and commercial applications will be a reality,” said Mark Powell, executive director of the Bluetooth SIG.
Bluetooth 5 is also more efficient in its use of broadcast channels, which have become crowded on the 2.4 Ghz band. “These broadcasting channel improvements will enable developers to create experience-based apps that can bridge the physical and virtual worlds,” said the Bluetooth SIG.
The 800 per cent increase in the broadcast channel capacity will help improve connectionless services such as location-relevant information and navigation.