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Bluetooth to quadruple range and double speed for IoT needs

Steve Rogerson
November 19, 2015
 
Bluetooth next year is to get more range, faster speeds and mesh networking to help meet the requirements of the IoT.
 
The advancements coming in 2016 from the Bluetooth SIG aim to energise fast-growing industries such as smart home, industrial automation, location-based services and smart infrastructure.
 
“There is significant demand from our members and the industry at large to enhance Bluetooth with the new capabilities we’re announcing,” said Toby Nixon, chairman of the Bluetooth SIG board of directors. “Current projections put the market potential for IoT between $2tn and $11.1tn by 2025. The technical updates planned for Bluetooth technology in 2016 will help make these expectations a reality and accelerate growth in IoT.”
 
The range of Bluetooth Smart, set to increase up to four times, could transform smart home and infrastructure applications, and deliver an extended, more robust connection for full-home or outdoor use cases. A doubling of speed, without increasing energy consumption, will enable faster data transfers in critical applications, such as medical devices, increasing responsiveness and lowering latency. And mesh networking will let Bluetooth devices connect together in networks that can cover an entire building or home, opening up home and industrial automation applications.
 
“The Bluetooth technology roadmap is a powerful expression of our mission to continue as a catalyst for industry innovation,” said Mark Powell, executive director of the Bluetooth SIG. “Bluetooth has been adopted by countless developers and manufacturers as their connectivity solution of choice for the IoT. The new functionality we will soon be adding will further solidify Bluetooth as the backbone of IoT technology.”
 
Bluetooth SIG member tools, such as the recently launched Bluetooth Developer Studio, and training programmes will be updated to ensure strong developer support for these new IoT features. Additional features and profile updates contained in the 2016 roadmap will be previewed in the coming months.