The first chips designed for Bluetooth 5.0 are expected to ship towards the end of the year. The new protocol promises to send information further and faster, it increases peak data transfer rates from 1 to 2Mbps and max range from 30 to 100 meters.
The advances enable Bluetooth to cover an entire home and yard, using a smartphone or tablet as a controller, eliminating the need for home gateways used with Zigbee, said Andrew Zignani, an analyst at ABI Research.
Using the mesh, Bluetooth could even reach into smart building and smart city applications. However, “it will need to be increasingly incorporated in IoT gateway devices or smart hubs that include multiple technologies, such as Wi-Fi, ZigBee, Thread, and Z-Wave” to fully enable IoT, he added.