The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has previewed its plans for updating its technology in 2016, with longer range and faster speeds to be on top of the lists of new updates.

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Other exciting enhancements to Bluetooth technology include a focus on the Internet of Things (IoT) to support the enhancements in home automation technology, mobile technology, the industrial internet, location-based services and other smart infrastructure. Chairman of Bluetooth SIG, Toby Nixon notes that the IoT is estimated to be worth $11.1 trillion by 2025 and by updating Bluetooth technology in 2016 this growth in the IoT market can be realised.

Nixon goes on to state that:

There is significant demand from our members and the industry at large to enhance Bluetooth with the new capabilities we’re announcing today.

Bluetooth Smart’s range will be increased by four times which will support home automation and increase the possibilities in this space by opening up a wider area to play.

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Speed will be increased by 100%, without increasing energy consumption. This particular update is crucial for faster data transfers in essential smart devices like medical equipment.

The planned update to mesh networking will open up a whole new world of possibilities in terms of the Industrial Internet and manufacturing automation as it will enable connected devices and machines to communicate more efficiently with each other in networks across big buildings and factories. Executive Director at Bluetooth SIG, Mark Powell describes the importance of updating the technology to support the growth in the IoT market:

The Bluetooth technology roadmap is a powerful expression of our mission to continue as a catalyst for industry innovation. Bluetooth has been adopted by countless developers and manufacturers as their connectivity solution of choice for the IoT. The new functionality we will soon be adding will further solidify Bluetooth as the backbone of IoT technology.

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