Mark Powell, executive director of the Bluetooth special interest group (SIG) here in London announced that the group will formally launch its fifth generation next week. The new generation of Bluetooth is set to see high speeds and range over current low energy specification, with a particular emphasis on location services that don’t rely on the internet, such as in-store Bluetooth beacon.
According to Mark Powell, Bluetooth 5 has a lot to offer for its audience. It will double the range and quadruple the speed of low energy Bluetooth transmissions. Bluetooth 5 will also provide significant new functionality for connection-less services like location-relevant information and navigation. 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.
Since the standard has just been finalized, we can expect to see the products that support Bluetooth 5 by early 2017.