Bluetooth SIG's 2016 Roadmap Showcases Enhancements Catering towards a Diverse Userbase

By CIOReview | Monday, December 7, 2015
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KIRKLAND, WA- Bluetooth has been one of the eminent media transfer technology of contemporary times. Its integration with the Internet of Things (IoT) platform is what the world is about to witness next. Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) is currently working on bringing the idea to life and has previewed highlights from their 2016 technology roadmap. The key objective lies on enhancing its IoT functionality.

The key updates feature longer range, higher speeds and mesh networking. The planned enhancements, to be rolled out in 2016 will boost fast-growing industries like smart home, industrial automation, location-based services, and smart infrastructure. This implicates an array of benefits for the rapidly-growing IoT applications. The technology aims at delivering a powerful connection for full-home or outdoor use cases. This technology would serve useful in medical devices for faster data transfers because of increased speed, without increasing energy consumption. The mesh networking feature will allow Bluetooth devices to be connected together in networks spanning an entire building.

“Current projections put the market potential for IoT between $2 and $11.1 trillion by 2025. The technical updates planned for Bluetooth technology in 2016 will help make these expectations a reality and accelerate growth in IoT,” said Toby Nixon, Chairman of the Bluetooth SIG Board of Directors.

Bluetooth SIG member tools, viz., Bluetooth Developer Studio, and training programs will be updated to ensure developer support for these new IoT features. The Developer Studio is an application building and debugging tool with a simple interface for creating seamless Bluetooth services.