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New Bluetooth Is Coming And It Sounds Awesome

By August 22, 2016May 25th, 2021Blog, Technology News

NewXBluetoothXIsXComingXAndXItXSoundsXAwesomeIn late 2016 or early 2017, Bluetooth 5.0 will be released, and by all indications, this will be the version of the technology we’ve all been waiting for. It’s about to take a giant leap forward in terms of functionality.

At present, Bluetooth’s primary purpose is to wirelessly connect devices, and to track Bluetooth beacons, which are passive beacons that an open app on your phone can track. In other words, interesting, but not terribly useful except in highly specific situations.

The new Bluetooth technology will be much more active, with beacons that have the ability to transmit more data over longer distances and actually update web pages in real time, and with more content-rich and meaningful messages and data.

Today’s Bluetooth technology has a range of about ten meters. That limited range, coupled with the fact that the beacons can only push very limited amounts of data to an open app instance makes it useful for providing very limited updates inside buildings as people pass close enough to a beacon for it to update their app. The new version will quadruple that range. That, combined with the broadcast ability to web browsers will open up a whole new world of possibilities for the tech, making it truly possible to begin a melding of the real word and the digital one. It takes the Internet of Things to a whole new level, and promises a much tighter integration and interaction with the real world.

Undoubtedly, there will be kinks to work out, but given the steady progression of the technology, it’s not too early to say that 2017 will be the Year of Bluetooth, and the year that the Internet of Things really gets legs beneath it. To this point, it’s been an interesting, but mostly back-end phenomenon. It appears that things are about to change.

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.