Bluetooth 5 will be announced next Thursday, June 16th in London and promises to offer double the range and quadruple the speed of the current offering.

According to Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) executive director, Mark Powell: “… Bluetooth 5 will also provide significant new functionality for connectionless services like location-relevant information and navigation … things like beacons that can help people navigate inside buildings or out in the open.

“By adding significantly more capacity to advertising transmissions, Bluetooth 5 will further propel the adoption and deployment of beacons and location-based services to users around the world.”

These Bluetooth developments should also mean the rate at which homes and business are embracing the 'Internet of Things' and connected technology increases significantly over the next few years as more and more devices become smart.