Bluetooth 5

Bluetooth 5 delivers “connectionless” IoT, advancing beacon and location-based capabilities in home, enterprise and industrial applications.

Bluetooth® 5 is a transformative update that significantly increases the range, speed and broadcast messaging capacity of Bluetooth applications. Released on 6 December 2016, Bluetooth 5 quadruples range and doubles speed of low energy connections while increasing the capacity of connectionless data broadcasts by eight times. It achieves all this alongside its industry-leading power performance.

Enabling new possibilities with beacons and location-based services

More than 371 million Bluetooth enabled beacons are projected to ship by 2020, according to ABI Research. With eight times the broadcast messaging capacity, Bluetooth 5 will further propel the adoption and deployment of beacons and location-based services in the home automation, enterprise, and industrial markets.

In scenarios where contextual awareness like navigation and pin-point location are crucial – such as hassle-free airport navigation experiences, asset tracking of warehouse inventory, emergency response, even smart city infrastructure that helps the visually impaired be more mobile – Bluetooth 5 will send information without connection barriers.