Toshiba offers Bluetooth Low Energy devices with support for Mesh standard
Toshiba Electronics Europe has announced that its Bluetooth Low Energy products now support the Bluetooth Mesh standard. This standard was ratified and launched this week by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG). The combination of new Bluetooth Mesh standard 1.0 and Toshiba’s application software enables Toshiba Bluetooth Low Energy devices to simultaneously increase communication range, reliability and obstacle penetration capability while also extending battery life, compared with non-mesh products.
By combining a non-proprietary mesh solution with Toshiba Bluetooth communication system products (which are capable of link budgets exceeding 100-decibels (dB) with external power amplifier (PA) and low noise amplifier (LNA), Toshiba says that it enables Bluetooth technology to provide more reliable communication in consumer products and provide new support to rapidly growing segments, such as factory automation and building management.
Before the Bluetooth Mesh standard, increasing the effective Bluetooth Low Energy communication range, or sending a signal through many walls, required higher power transmissions; adversely impacting battery life. High-powered transmissions were typically the primary technique used to address issues such as radio interference in a factory environment or the transmission of signals through thick concrete walls. This approach had severe limitations, and has proven to be ineffective for power-constrained, battery-operated devices as well as in unfriendly radio frequency (RF) environments.
Support for the Bluetooth Mesh standard 1.0 now enables Toshiba Bluetooth Low Energy products to privately and securely relay messages via a mesh network rather than requiring a point-to-point connection between devices. This increases the range and reliability of Bluetooth Low Energy communication without increasing power requirements, explains Toshiba.
Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) founder and current board member, Toshiba, expects the standards-based approach to mean that new, untapped markets, such as industrial and commercial, can now leverage omnipresent Bluetooth phones or tablets to control and monitor their systems.
The Bluetooth Low Energy system devices allows Toshiba to deliver an increase in communication range and signal strength for communications that exceed a 300m open-air range at low-power transmit and receive power levels. When combined with support for Bluetooth Mesh, Toshiba’s Bluetooth products offer a comprehensive solution for extended-range Bluetooth v4.2, add the company.