MESHLE supports Bluetooth 5.0 and thus the long-range feature. Bluetooth 5 provides a significant improvement in range compared to the older Bluetooth versions. The range can be increased by four times depending on requirements. Compared to Bluetooth 4.2, this means that the range is increased from 10 to approx. 40 meters indoors or from 50 to approx. 200 meters outdoors. With an external antenna, distances of over 500 metres are possible.
For flexible and uncomplicated integration, MESHLE relies on Bluetooth modules based on the nRF solution from Nordic Semiconductor, the market leader in wireless solutions. The modules are pre-certified and ideally suited for a fast and cost-efficient time-to-market.
There are three antenna options available for the modules: PCB antenna, chip antenna or with a connector for an external antenna.
Development of future-oriented products with Bluetooth Mesh
There are many areas of application for Bluetooth Mesh: control of lights, shutters, temperature, doors and gates, charging columns, photovoltaic systems and even production machines. Bluetooth Low Energy can serve as a reliable wireless technology and offers an enormous advantage over conventional systems.
Mesh networking via Bluetooth provides a self-healing network, avoiding interference from single points of failure. This technology is particularly well suited for building automation, sensor networks and other IoT solutions where multiple devices need to communicate reliably with each other.
Bluetooth is present in all modern smartphones, tablets and PCs, therefore Bluetooth Mesh technology offers an improved user experience not only for consumer products. With a robust and secure network, Bluetooth Mesh can also serve as a user-friendly human-machine interface in industrial and commercial areas.
The MESHLE firmware and software enables wireless communication of devices via Bluetooth Mesh and is primarily intended for installation in electronic components and sensors.
The firmware offers different profiles depending on the functionality and device type (e.g. switchable, dimmable, closable, activable). One or multiple of the profiles can be applied to a product simultaneously. The selected (firmware) profiles are then pre-installed on the Bluetooth module and provided as a component for product manufacturing. All profiles are compatible with each other and can coexist in the same network.
A component with installed firmware enables the control of product-specific functions. The respective device is automatically recognised in the app and the user interface is adapted accordingly.
The MESHLE firmware supports a number of standard profiles that define the general functioning of devices and the user interface. These are e.g.:
Presence sensor (IR/radar)
Door/window contact sensor
Air quality sensor
Dynamic White (CCT)
It is possible to integrate the module with many other actuators and sensors and to address them via existing interfaces such as GPIO, SPI, UART, I2C, I2S, PMD, PWM, ADC, NFC.
In order to offer the customer a maximum experience of your products, we focus on a simple, comfortable and intuitive operation of the app. The user can quickly configure, manage and control the networked devices easily via Bluetooth with his own smartphone or tablet. It is possible, for example, to group devices according to room and then control them individually or simultaneously. Some other functions are e.g. scenes, timers, animations as well as a customisable user interface depending on the type of device: e.g. colour wheel for RGB LED control, brightness control for a dimmer and many more.
MESHLE offers an app under the same name for Android and iOS free of charge in the respective stores. All devices equipped with a MESHLE-compatible Bluetooth module are supported by the MESHLE app. There are no costs, neither for users nor for manufacturers. Additionally, an OEM version of the app can be provided for manufacturers under their own name and customised CI for a licence fee.
Die MESHLE Cloud Lösung ist eine optionale Erweiterung der Bluetooth Mesh Steuerung. The MESHLE Cloud solution is an optional extension of the Bluetooth Mesh control. This extension enables a flexibly configurable, central management system with remote access and voice control. This allows, among other things, the visualisation and evaluation of usage data as well as monitoring and automatic notifications in the event of device failure. The control is accessed via the MESHLE gateway, which acts as a bridge between the Bluetooth mesh network and the Cloud.
By using the standard IoT protocol MQTT, it is also possible to integrate Bluetooth mesh networks into other automation systems.
The gateway is comfortably configured via the app.
Voice control is one of the important aspects of smart homes. The compatibility of the devices with popular voice assistants is a significant feature, especially for customers from the private sector. MESHLE offers a range of connections and integrations, some of which work via the gateway and some directly via Bluetooth
MESHLE guest control offers an innovative device control option via web app based on a dynamic QR code system with temporary access authorisation. The web app can be accessed in the browser by manually entering a web address or, depending on the application (e.g. in hotel rooms for guests), by scanning a dynamic QR code. Different users can then control or configure devices within seconds using their own smartphone, without having to install an app. By scanning a QR code, the user is immediately directed to a Progressive Web App (PWA) in their web browser, from where temporary access to device control is granted.
Regardless of whether you have your own R&D department and can take over the development yourself or require a completely finished component – MESHLE’s experienced hardware and software engineers will support you in every phase of Bluetooth Mesh integration. The goal, besides Bluetooth mesh compatibility, is to ensure maximum usability of your product for your customers.