Bluetooth 5, set to arrive in late 2016 or early 2017, will act as an enabler for the Internet of Things (IoT), according to body that oversees the development of Bluetooth standards and the licensing of the Bluetooth technologies and trademarks to manufacturers.
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) announced that the new technology will improve on Bluetooth 4 by quadrupling the range, doubling the speed and increasing the capacity of connectionless data broadcast by 800%.
"Bluetooth 5 will transform the way people experience the IoT by making it something that happens simply and seamlessly around them," said Mark Powell, executive director of the Bluetooth SIG.
Powell explained that increasing operation range will enable connections to IoT devices that extend "far beyond the walls of a typical home". Increasing the speed, meanwhile, will allow for faster data transfer and software updates for devices.
With the ability to broadcast a "much richer set of information", Bluetooth 5 will make beacons, location awareness and other connectionless services an "even more relevant part of an effortless and seamless IoT experience", he added.
The Blossom Group, which recently became the SIG's 30,000th member, explained why for telecoms firms Blueetooth is still the go-to wireless technology.
"Bluetooth has the ubiquity of a trusted wireless communication platform and a great history of supporting market trends and working with developers and members to produce ground-breaking products and applications," said Luke Sanger, CEO and co-founder of Blossom Group.
"We know Bluetooth will stay ahead of the game by working with its members and embracing technological advancements – from power efficiency to IoT connectivity – to push the limits of innovation."