Bluetooth 5 is set to make its formal debut June 16 at the Discover Blue media event in London, reported the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG). The wireless standard is getting a major upgrade from Bluetooth 4.2.
The newest version of Bluetooth will pack twice the speed, and four times the range, of existing low-energy Bluetooth transmissions, as indicated in a statement from Mark Powell, executive director of Bluetooth SIG. The organization is made up of 27,500 member companies, which work together through it and guide innovation for Bluetooth technology.
Technical improvements in Bluetooth 5 include new functionality for connectionless services, such as navigation and location-specific information.
"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," Powell explained in the statement.
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