Bluetooth Next Year Will Be Twice As Fast, Four Times More Range, Mesh Networking


Bluetooth has been a long existing technology, allowing different devices to community with one another over a wireless protocol. Over time, Bluetooth has seen a number of upgrades, adding speed and range to the roster, cementing its position as a universal standard for communication. Now, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has announced that it would be taking things up a notch, with 2016 being the year where Bluetooth will get twice as fast than it currently is and range being beefed to four times more.

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Bluetooth Will Take A Massive Leap In 2016 With Huge Focus On Speed And Range

The news of the announcement arrives at a time when Internet of Things (IoT) devices are seeing a rapid adoption rate in many households and workplaces around the globe. In order to keep up with the increasing demand of the consumer and the industry alike, Bluetooth SIG will be revamping things in the year 2016. Apart from the aforementioned speed and range improvements, the new Bluetooth upgrade will bring with it mesh networking, allowing devices to bridge together and communicate with one another without the need for a central hub. This is a huge deal especially in an environment where there are a ton of IoT devices to work with.

“There is significant demand from our members and the industry at large to enhance Bluetooth with the new capabilities we’re announcing today,” said Toby Nixon, chairman of the Bluetooth SIG Board of Directors. “Current projections put the market potential for IoT between $2 and $11.1 trillion by 2025. The technical updates planned for Bluetooth technology in 2016 will help make these expectations a reality and accelerate growth in IoT.”

Quite frankly, this is a huge upgrade to the Bluetooth standard and we're happy to see how things are headed in the right direction. But the only disappointing thing right now is that additional details regarding the upgrade haven't been revealed as yet, but SIG has gone on record to state that all will be made public in the months to come, and we will, of course, cover them right here, giving our readers a glimpse of what is yet to come.

Announced updates will provide a variety of benefits for the growing number of IoT applications. For example, the range of Bluetooth Smart, set to increase up to 4x, will transform smart home and infrastructure applications, and will deliver an extended, more robust connection for full-home or outdoor use cases. A 100% increase in 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 enable Bluetooth devices to connect together in networks that can cover an entire building or home, opening up home and industrial automation applications.

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Bluetooth has come a long way in terms of features and its uptake has seen a rapid increase ever since connected wearables and IoT devices have made it onto the scene. With the new standard on the horizon, we're certain that possibilities will be taken to new heights on a manufacturer and dev level alike, allowing everyone to create even more smarter and firmly connected devices. Who knows the dream of a 'truly' connected social space will finally bear fruit in the year 2016, right?

We will keep our readers posted in the time to come, so stay tuned to our coverage. Meanwhile, don't forget to share your thoughts and opinions regarding the big news in the comments section below.