Monday, 12 December 2016 11:39

Bluetooth is 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 - Go


Bluetooth 5 cements its position over Wi-Fi as the ideal short-range, device-to-device, global wireless standard.

And from today, those standards will do much more than any comparable “transmission” system – by that it means Bluetooth will do more than support HIDS (keyboards and mice) and A2DP (music), to new things like WSS (weight scale service), PLXS (pulse oximeter service), BLS (blood pressure service), GPS (glucose service), LNS (location and navigation service) and dozens more profiles that will automatically configure its use.

In comparison to Bluetooth 4.x, it will be twice as fast, have four times the range, eight times data speed (2MBps) and totally coexist with Wi-Fi.

The latest standard is more to do about making it the backbone of the smart home, office, or factory — IoT — and its new audio profiles support the whole-of-home and multiple speakers, something Wi-Fi was trying to edge into.

Or course, these improvements will require a Bluetooth 5 enabled device and that is all about new hardware, not simply a firmware upgrade.

Bluetooth 5 is backwards compatible with Bluetooth 4 and 3, but some of the new profiles and services will only work on the new version. A big market in low cost Bluetooth 5 USB dongles is expected, but within two years every new device will have it.

The Bluetooth SIG group stated, “Bluetooth is revolutionising how people experience the IoT. Bluetooth 5 continues to drive this revolution by delivering reliable IoT connections and mobilising the adoption of beacons, which in turn will decrease connection barriers and enable a seamless IoT experience.

"This means whole-home, and building coverage, as well as new use cases for outdoor, industrial, and commercial applications, will be a reality. With the launch of Bluetooth 5, we continue to evolve to meet the needs of IoT developers and consumers while staying true to what Bluetooth is at its core: the global wireless standard for simple, secure, connectivity."

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Now’s the Time for 400G Migration

The optical fibre community is anxiously awaiting the benefits that 400G capacity per wavelength will bring to existing and future fibre optic networks.

Nearly every business wants to leverage the latest in digital offerings to remain competitive in their respective markets and to provide support for fast and ever-increasing demands for data capacity. 400G is the answer.

Initial challenges are associated with supporting such project and upgrades to fulfil the promise of higher-capacity transport.

The foundation of optical networking infrastructure includes coherent optical transceivers and digital signal processing (DSP), mux/demux, ROADM, and optical amplifiers, all of which must be able to support 400G capacity.

With today’s proprietary power-hungry and high cost transceivers and DSP, how is migration to 400G networks going to be a viable option?

PacketLight's next-generation standardised solutions may be the answer. Click below to read the full article.


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This coupled with the new capabilities 5G brings opens up huge opportunities for both network operators and enterprise organisations.

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Ray Shaw

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Ray Shaw  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!

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