Bluetooth 5 to deliver ‘connectionless’ IoT

Bluetooth 5 to deliver ‘connectionless’ IoT

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By Rich Pell

The Bluetooth SIG says that the forthcoming version of Bluetooth technology will deliver “connectionless” IoT, advancing beacon and location-based capabilities in home, enterprise, and industrial situations. Extending range will deliver robust, reliable Internet of Things (IoT) connections that make full-home and building and outdoor use cases a reality.

Higher speeds will send data faster and optimize responsiveness. Increasing broadcast capacity will propel the next generation of “connectionless” services such as beacons and location-relevant information and navigation.

“Bluetooth 5 will transform the way people experience the IoT by making it something that happens simply and seamlessly around them,” said Mark Powell, executive director of the Bluetooth SIG in a statement. “Increasing operation range will enable connections to IoT devices that extend far beyond the walls of a typical home, while increasing speed supports faster data transfers and software updates for devices. And now with the ability to broadcast a much richer set of information, Bluetooth 5 will make beacons, location awareness, and other connectionless services an even more relevant part of an effortless and seamless IoT experience”

Bluetooth 5 will quadruple range and double speed of low energy connections while increasing the capacity of connectionless data broadcasts eight-fold. The way Bluetooth devices transmit information will move away from the app-paired-to-device model to a connectionless IoT where there is less need to download an app or connect the app to a device.

“In scenarios where contextual awareness like navigation and pin-point location are crucial – such as hassle-free airport navigation experiences, asset tracking of warehouse inventory, emergency response, even smart city infrastructure that helps the visually impaired be more mobile – Bluetooth 5 will send custom information people actually find useful in that moment without connection and application barriers.”

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