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Bluetooth Technology to Get Better and Faster in 2016

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With the growing importance of the Internet of Things network, many people are resolving to employ multiple Bluetooth devices on a day to day basis.

Be it speakers and headphones or even home gadgets, this wireless connectivity has taken over lots of our tech habits.

If you have been a heavy user of IoT, things will be getting even much better in 2016, as the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) is determined to see this wireless technology become the lifeblood of all smart objects. The group wants all Bluetooth Smart devices to be able to send information much faster and over longer distances starting next year.

This information came out on Wednesday as the group revealed its 2016 roadmap and according to the SIG, the key updates to come in 2016 include higher speeds, longer range as well as mesh networking. The new advancements will also boost the young and fast-growing industries such as smart infrastructure, smart home, location-based services as well as industrial automation, among others.

Overall Bluetooth range to increase by up to 4 times, speed by 100%

According to the group, they want to see all smart devices being able to increase their overall range as well better their data transfer speeds. The improvements do not ring any changes to the power needed by the current wireless devices.

“There is a noteworthy demand by our members and industry in general that we enhance Bluetooth with the new capabilities we just announced”, Toby Nixon, the chair of the SIG Board of Directors said in a statement. “According to the latest projections, the IoT market has a potential of reaching between $2 and $11.1 trillion in 2025. The Bluetooth updates slated for 2016 will help turn these expectations into a reality and thus accelerate the much desired growth in IoT”.

There are a number of benefits that will come along with these updates. For instance, all Bluetooth Smart devices are expected to increase their range by up to 4 times the current range. This will transform all infrastructure and smart home applications as it will deliver extended and more solid connections for both full-home and outdoor usage.

As far as speed is concerned, expect an increment of up to 100% without bringing any effect on the energy consumed by the devices. This will help a lot in increasing the speed at which data is exchanged, especially in acute applications such as medical devices. Furthermore, there will be better responsiveness as well as lower latency.

With mesh networking enabled in next year’s Bluetooth devices, it will be possible bring together different devices in a network that can cover the entire home or building, an ability that leaves the doors open for industrial and other home automation applications.