The evolution of Bluetooth 5 Technology will change the IoT Landscape in the upcoming years. According to ABI Research, the shipment of Bluetooth-enabled devices will reach over 5 billion per year by the year 2021.
We’ve recently covered the Smart Home evolution movement as seen by World governments and big corporations. However, now it’s time to discuss how the development of new technologies might skyrocket the Internet of Things market and change the whole Smart Homes landscape. Many of us are pre-determined that Bluetooth can’t lead to any long-term smart home solutions with most having the firm belief that every connectivity answer should lie in WiFi technology. Nonetheless, a recent press release from ABI Research shows that the wireless IoT and Smart Home future may strongly depend on the Bluetooth 5 Evolution.
Bluetooth 5 to Change the IoT Landscape
Andrew Zignani, an Industry Analyst at ABI Research, believes that evolution in Bluetooth 5 technology will be heavily implemented in smart city solutions in the upcoming decade. “Bluetooth is evolving from a smartphone and personal area network solution to a scalable, low-power wireless networking technology,” he shared. “This development will unlock growth in beacons, home automation, building automation, lighting, and other smart city applications over the next decade and beyond.”
What makes Zignani so confident in an IoT Bluetooth 5 future is a new array of technical enhancements enabled by the new technology. According to ABI Research forecasts, the shipments of Bluetooth-enabled devices will increase by a margin of over half a billion per year through 2021, reaching more than five billion. ABI’s results closely correlate to results from IHS IMS Research in 2012, which concluded that the Bluetooth IC Shipments will reach 3 billion by the year 2017.
Bluetooth 5 vs. Z-Wave and WiFi
Bluetooth 5 is on its way of gaining a huge portion of the Wireless technologies market share. According to Zignani, Bluetooth will replace low-data-rate technologies, including Thread, ZigBee and Z-Wave and power-hungry technologies like Wi-Fi.
A crucial leverage that will help Bluetooth change the Smart Home and IoT landscape is its presence in current generation smart devices. Today, headsets, speakers, smart televisions, game consoles and smartphones all implement and use Bluetooth technology to remove the obstructive, and sometimes annoying, cables from our homes. However, Bluetooth will extend its reach to more crucial elements of the IoT market.
Bluetooth 5 and Beacons
ABI states that one of the largest opportunities for Bluetooth-enabled devices will be beacons. According to the research by the year 2021, beacons will be the third largest market for Bluetooth devices. Furthermore, it will be the fastest growing of all of its segments. “While the ubiquitous presence of Bluetooth in smartphones is critical in the short to medium term, mesh networking, and other new features will help Bluetooth take advantage of new opportunities across the IoT in the years ahead,” shares Zignani.
Will Bluetooth 5 replace Wi-Fi and Z-Wave in the long run? The statistic may seem doubtful, but the research results are there. Wi-Fi technologies are too power hungry and the low data rates of Z-Wave and ZigBee, as well as Thread, make it unusable for a more consistent and data-reliant Smart Home hub network. However, while most of us still have Bluetooth on our phones, we rarely use it. For a market by-stander, Bluetooth is a technology of the past. Nonetheless, with Bluetooth 5 it is evolving faster than we can comprehend.
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