Today the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) unveiled new technology in the form of Bluetooth directional positioning technology that could provide a wealth of new applications for Bluetooth. The new feature allows devices to determine the direction of a Bluetooth signal. Allowing devices to be created using the Bluetooth proximity and direction technology to their advantage.
The Bluetooth directional feature is capable of centimetre level location accuracy and could be used for item finding solutions such as personal property tags, as well as point-of-interest (PoI) information solutions like proximity marketing beacons. The direction finding feature is included in version 5.1 of the Bluetooth Core Specification, which is available to developers as of today.
“Location services is one of the fastest growing solution areas for Bluetooth technology, and is forecasted to reach over 400 million products per year by 2022,” said Mark Powell, Bluetooth SIG Executive Director. “This is great traction and the Bluetooth community continues to seek ways to further grow this market with technology enhancements that better address market needs, demonstrating the community’s commitment to driving innovation and enriching the technology experience of users worldwide.”
To learn more about the 5.1 Bluetooth Core Specification and download the technology jump over to the official Bluetooth website by following the link below. “The Bluetooth Core Specification defines the technology building blocks that developers use to create the interoperable devices that make up the thriving Bluetooth ecosystem”.