Bluetooth is a technology that, while retaining its primary function over the years (transmitting data over short distances), continues to embrace and implement features that further enhance wireless communication between devices.
Now the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (GIS) revealed the next step for this technology, which is expected to reach thousands of handsets in the next generation of the protocol.
With Bluetooth 5.1 (which is now available to developers), companies will be able to integrate new “location detection” features into their new version-enabled products. You can currently use it with proximity-based services such as the Apple Watch and iPhone native tracker, from which you can make a sound if you have lost one of the devices.
However, the new location detection protocol will make it possible to know exactly It is the place where the other compatible Bluetooth 5.1 object is even pointing, on the smartphone or notebook, to the position of that device in that location (something like GPS).
The direction location feature allows devices to provide directional information, meaning that the user not only sees the distance of an object, but also tracks the direction of the item, making it even easier to find keys, wallets or other personal items. value.
This is a potential watershed for how location services are offered, as in many cases it is not possible to track the specific point of a particular object / device. This will allow this standard to be adopted "for even more companies and for new uses," said ABI Research senior analyst Andrew Zignani.
The new heading location feature can help Bluetooth better meet the changing and evolving needs of the location industry, enabling more flexible, scalable and future deployments that will further accelerate the adoption of Bluetooth for location services in existing markets. applications and use cases.
With the release of Bluetooth 5.0 in 2016, several enhancements have been introduced to the standard, including faster data transfers and even greater range. In addition, the upgrade allowed wireless headsets to communicate with other devices from Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), which conserves more energy and therefore preserves battery life.
We'll see how companies will adopt the new feature in the next Bluetooth update; personally, I hope for even more efficiency in systems and location alerts.