The new standard for the Bluetooth technology, the Bluetooth 5.0 has been unveiled on the 7th December 2016 and promises a lot of improvements and innovations from the previous version. It is said to impact on 2 major defaults of Bluetooth : the instability of the connection and the unequal flow rates.
Theoretically, it promises flow rates twice as fast and a scope multiplied by 4, all this without increasing the energy consumption as it is certified “low energy”. However all these is theoretical and will have to wait for practical tests to see if the standard keeps it promise.
This new standard brings good news in this era where the number of smart objects are continuously increasing on our wrists, houses and public places with the different innovations it has in it pocket.
Actually, the Bluetooth 5.0 has been though to satisfy needs in beaconing that helps to locate users in public places, shops so as to provide them with specific contextual informations. Likewise, it has been though to adapt itself in domestic and outdoor environments where wireless networks (WiFi, 4G, 3G etc…) are getting multiplied. The standard will be able to adapt it signal on the fly to avoid interference with other networks. Thus, a good way for the Bluetooth to proove that it is the most adequate technology in the era of IoT (Internet of Objects) that is taking a rapid form.
However although it numerous advantages, the standard doesn't include one awaited feature : Mesh Networking, a network in which each Bluetooth device plays the role of a hub for distant objects to communicate between them through it. However this may be added in the course of the year on Bluetooth 4 and 5.
The first devices to be equipped with Bluetooth 5.0 may arrive in 2 to 6 months and it may take more time for compatible devices to arrive.