The new Bluetooth 5.0 wireless standard will increase range by 400% and speed by 200% and improve in automatically connecting enabled devices

Bluetooth 5.0 to Quadruple Range, Double Speed
http://www.pcmag.com/news/345316/bluetooth-5-0-to-quadruple-range-double-speed

The next generation of Bluetooth devices will have quadruple the range and double the speed of what is currently available thanks to Bluetooth 5.0, which was announced today by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) and will be available to device manufacturers as early as this fall. Bluetooth 5.0’s specs are mostly in line with what SIG hinted last fall, when its chairman Toby Nixon said there is “a significant demand” to enhance Bluetooth. That demand stems in large part from devices connected to the Internet of Things, especially low-power beacons.

“Increasing operation range will enable connections to IoT devices that extend far beyond the walls of a typical home, while increasing speed supports faster data transfers and software updates for devices,” SIG Executive Director Mark Powell said in a statement. “And now with the ability to broadcast a much richer set of information, Bluetooth 5 will make beacons, location awareness, and other connectionless services an even more relevant part of an effortless and seamless IoT experience.”

Instead of automatically requesting to pair with a device, Bluetooth 5.0 will be smart enough to analyze the type of connection required to transmit the information. Warehouse managers, for instance, will be able to pinpoint an item in their inventory just by walking through the stacks. Travelers will be able to find the nearest Starbucks in a foreign airport without a Wi-Fi or 4G connection.