Role of Bluetooth 5 in IoT
The growth of technology is inevitable with the inception of new upgrades and enhancements every day. The new upgrade in the Bluetooth technology is efficient in various ways. It comes handy in IoT platforms as wireless devices are becoming quintessential.
The Bluetooth low energy specification offers a great advantage as it lowers the energy consumption in Bluetooth accessories.
IoT market growth:
The improved range and speed could be very helpful in platforms incorporating IoT. Internet of Things market has burgeoned in the recent years. It will continue to grow further as expected in the years coming down the pike. The average Cumulative Growth Rate percent will reach a new peak in the next few years. However, growth could witness inhibition if met with demanding circumstances that require technological support. Hence, the improvements in the features of the wireless devices are indispensable. This also includes the advancement in technology of Bluetooth.
Merits posed by Bluetooth 5 in IoT platforms:
The easier implementation capability, increased efficiency, two way transmission with higher band width, improved range, increased speed of data transfer and reduced power consumption are amongst the most meritorious features of Bluetooth 5.0 technology.
Reliability and quality communication:
Connectivity and security are major issues in enterprises incorporating Internet of Things and Bluetooth 5 technology will provide the most apt solution for this problem, as it advances in terms of connectivity and reliability. The strength of connectivity will increase manifold. The wireless devices will have quality communication. Internet of Things will utilize Bluetooth 5.0 for a wide range of applications including wireless sensors and other solutions.
Bluetooth 5.0 accomplishes the feat of ameliorated signal by effectively eliminating the interference caused by other wireless devices in any given space of connectivity. This subsequently aids in boosting the signal strength. In the era of Internet of Things, it is quite essential to have sturdy signal and Bluetooth 5.0 achieves just that.
Categories of Bluetooth devices:
There are two varieties in Bluetooth devices. One is Bluetooth Low energy (BLE) whilst the other one is Bluetooth classic. They employ the later mentioned devices in headsets, wireless speakers, and car infotainment systems. The two categories are not compatible with each other. However, they share similar specification sheet. Utilization of low energy devices is in areas where power consumption is crucial. A low energy device cannot communicate with a Bluetooth classic device. Hence, dual mode Bluetooth device is used in some smart devices.
Extensive usage of BLE devices:
IoT devices incorporate low energy Bluetooth modules more rampantly due to their efficiency in terms of power and energy. The doubled speed, quadrupled range coverage and the advertising capacity multiplied eight times are the three primarily enhanced features in a Bluetooth 5 enabled devices. BLE furnishes highest data rate at the original speed of one Mbps and is very efficient in comparisons with other low power wireless protocols.
Interoperability with the neighboring devices:
The enhancement of interoperability with neighboring wireless protocols is essential to avoid mishaps pertaining to signal strength and connectivity. Bluetooth 5 technology helps in avoiding the channels by detecting the cellular signal. This will be helpful in the cases of 4G and 5G radios.
The different sides of IoT:
Beacons will be pervasive in the commercial side of IoT. On the other hand, Mesh network will also be of great use in the Industrial IoT side, the commercial space. The throughput to send cached data after establishing a connection becomes quite easier now. The consumer side of IoT will also have large number of applications. The beacon technology enables complete tracking of all medical devices in a hospital environment. This solution will be very handy in all sorts of asset tracking.
Mesh network topology:
The usage of Bluetooth 5 technology will be more advantageous in Mesh networking wherein a centralized router or a back channel to regulate the flow of data around the network is not necessary and an entire blanket of networking coverage is possible. The change from point to point networking to mesh networking will certainly improve the range of connectivity. High-bandwidth applications will not necessarily utilize the mesh networking. However, this comes to play in the cases of wider connectivity range.