Bluetooth 5: What You Need To Know

May 4, 2018

As a part of our combined offering of customized and standards testing, Allion USA always tries to stay up to date on the latest standards and how they are positioned to revolutionize the tech industry. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Allion USA team has been buzzing about the latest Bluetooth revision, Bluetooth 5, for quite some time. The new revision is expected to improve Internet of Things (IoT) potential by addressing key IoT issues: energy demands, restricted range and limited bandwidth.

Understanding Bluetooth 5

Bluetooth 5 focuses on improvements to low energy modes and long range features, both key to enabling IoT adoption. Developers can choose to incorporate either longer range or higher bandwidth capabilities, depending on a device’s purpose. The longer range extends to around 800 feet for transmitting small amounts of data, which could be used for IoT devices like smart lightbulbs. If a developer wants to enable higher bandwidth for smaller ranges, the new Bluetooth will support speeds of up to 2 megabits per second and higher transmission power of +20dB in low energy mode.

With all of the excitement around Bluetooth 5, early adopters can find it in new products such as Apple’s iPhone 8/Plus or iPhone X and Samsung’s Galaxy S8. Like most technologies, all system components must have Bluetooth 5 to fully benefit from its capabilities, but the transition should be stress-free for consumers because Bluetooth 5 is backwards compatible.

What’s next?

The only way for Bluetooth 5 to gain major ground and accelerate adoption is through increased integration into smartphones, tablets and laptops. Developers should consider Bluetooth 5 to solve issues related to limited range and bandwidth. This new revision of a trusted standard has the potential to benefit the entire IoT ecosystem.

The Allion USA team takes the time necessary to understand and implement the latest standards. If you’re a developer interested in adding Bluetooth 5 to new products, contact us today to kick off the integration and testing process.