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Is Bluetooth 5 the “Right” Connectivity Solution for Industrial IoT?

Bluetooth 5 is a major enhancement to the standard and its primary goal is to better address IoT applications. Tailored for IoT system designers, this webinar describes what’s new in Bluetooth 5, how industrial IoT systems can benefit from it, where it stands versus its competitors, hardware and software tools available now, and challenges to implementation.

Date: April 11, 2017
Time: 10 AM EDT (7 AM PDT / 4:00 PM CEST)
Duration: 1 hour
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Bluetooth is the world's most widely used personal area network standard, so it's always been considered for providing IoT connectivity. However, with the last update being several years old, the standard was showing its age while competitors like ZigBee, Z-Wave, and others have continued to advance. Bluetooth 5 goes a long way to closing the gap by minimizing shortcomings such as achievable distance, maximum data rate, and resources for Bluetooth beacons. And mesh networking, which was missing in Bluetooth before, has just been made available to members of the Bluetooth SIG. So, Bluetooth now includes all of the pieces that make it viable for almost every application. This webinar candidly looks at Bluetooth 5 from a designer's perspective, and discusses its key specifications and how they "play" in IoT. Attendees will learn how Bluetooth 5 compares to the competition, the ways that component and software vendors are addressing the standard for IoT, and discover recommendations on how best to implement it.

Key Takeaways

  • Learn what's new in Bluetooth 5 - and what remains the same
  • Understand how it compares stacks up against other major connectivity standards
  • Discover Bluetooth 5's new mesh networking capability and sustainability for industrial IoT
  • Learn the challenges in implementing Bluetooth 5 in industrial IoT

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Barry Manz, President, Manz Communications, Inc.

Barry Manz has been involved in the microwave and wireless industries for 35 years. He is president of Manz Communications, Inc., a technical media relations company he founded in 1987 after leaving Microwaves & RF magazine as the editor, and has served more than 100 clients over the years. He has written more than 1,000 articles for more than 40 online and print publications, orchestrated the technical programs for five symposia, co-founded a magazine dedicated to embedded systems for defense applications, and has produced analyses for research organizations. Barry focuses on RF and microwave technology, wireless markets and technologies, IoT, test equipment, and analog, microwave, and digital semiconductors.