Just before I managed to play on Bluetooth 4.0 technology with BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy), the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) just announced an enhancement to its technology, Bluetooth 4.1. This new release increases co-existence support for LTE , bulk data exchange rates and adding multiple roles simultaneously like the dual mode topology where it enable devices like smartphone to act as a Bluetooth Smart Ready Hub and Bluetooth Smart peripheral at the same time where it can then communicate with Bluetooth Smart peripherals on one side and another Bluetooth Smart Ready hub device on the other side.
“Bluetooth Smart technology put us on a rocket ship of growth, with Bluetooth annual product shipment projections skyrocketing to more than 4.5 billion in the next five years,” said Suke Jawanda, Bluetooth SIG CMO. “We updated the Bluetooth specification to address this projected growth, making changes to give developers more control in assigning a role to their product, limiting interference with other wireless technologies, and allowing Bluetooth Smart products to exchange data faster and maintain connections with less manual intervention. These updates reflect the demand we see in the market. We will continue to sculpt Bluetooth wireless technology to extend its critical role in enabling the Internet of Things and ensure it is the very best solution for OEMs, developers and, ultimately, consumers.”