The Bluetooth 5.0 was released back in 2016 and still is a good transferring way for devices. It has a wider transmission rate of 300 meters, low power consumption, up to 2 Mbps speed and more. It also allows you to connect two audio devices simultaneously. Recently, the Bluetooth SIG has been announced the Bluetooth 5.1 for the developers. It does have a new highlighted feature such as improved location service.
Bluetooth 5.1 Features Improved Location and Range Service
The Bluetooth 5.1 Standard will allow devices to track the direction and location of the Bluetooth signal, regarding proximity and positioning systems. It will as accurate as a centimeter/inches distance and will refine the indoor real-time location services.
According to the Bluetooth SIG (Special Interest Group) Director Mark Powell, “Location services is one of the fastest developing solutions in Bluetooth technology. It should reach up to 400 Million units per year by 2022”.
The organization assumes to replace the Wi-Fi’s helping role with the Bluetooth 5.1 standard. This will also help to track real-time and accurate location with distance count just like GPS. Additionally, it also includes GATT (Common Attribute Profile) to improve device pairing and transfer speed.
This also improves caching strategy, better state management etc. A random channel index will help to reduce the packet advertising collisions, which ensures the Bluetooth stable transmission rates. This accuracy level will work perfectly for bigger companies and distribution warehouse centers for quick item search via tag IDs.
Bluetooth Connected Lighting Solution
This network solution will build a platform for smart buildings where the following features or services can be available by your Building’s Bluetooth Lighting Control Network.
- Direction Finding.
- Indoor Navigation.
- Point-of-interest information.
- Assets Tracking.
- Item Finding.
- Condition Monitoring.
- Space Utilization.
- HCI support for Debug keys in LE secure connections.
- Sleep Clock Accuracy Update Mechanism.
- ADI field in the scanning data response.
- An interaction between QoS and Flow.
- Allow the SID to appear in scan response.
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