Panasonic and Wirepas partner on Bluetooth module

  • June 2, 2021
  • Steve Rogerson

Panasonic is cooperating with Finnish mesh connectivity provider Wirepas by combining the Pan 1780 Bluetooth 5 Low Energy module with the Wirepas Massive firmware.

This is for designers seeking a high-performance ready-to-use low energy module for Wirepas Massive – previously Wirepas Mesh – connectivity software.

Japanese firm Panasonic approached Wirepas to integrate its patented mesh topology into the Bluetooth module that is based on the Nordic Semiconductors nRF52840 single-chip controller.

The module’s hardware design paired with Wirepas’ multi-hop wireless mesh network allows reliable broadcasting of data in connectionless scenarios. Wirepas’ connectivity and dynamic access point role feature enables a scalable, reliable and cost-efficient method for large-scale industrial IoT applications. Additionally, Panasonic will add Wirepas Massive to all of its existing certifications, reducing the final product certification process.

“We are utterly glad now having added another benefit to our Pan 1780 module and being able to offer a comprehensive asset for mesh network based IoT applications,” said Pascal Meier from Panasonic Industry’s European wireless connectivity department in Ottobrunn near Munich. “Standing for highest design flexibility at lowest energy consumption in standalone mode, the Pan 1780 is the perfect vehicle for the ground-breaking Wirepas Massive technology, and suits most flexibly our customers’ requirements. At minimised total costs of ownership for next-gen IoT connectivity, for that matter.”

Teppo Hemiä, CEO of Wirepas, added: “Wirepas believes in ecosystem play where the different strengths of partner companies come together for the customer’s benefit. The collaboration between Panasonic Industry and Wirepas is a great example of a joint offer that promises the utmost competitiveness. We are excited to work together with Panasonic Industry and help the market to find and trust recognised brands and well-working solutions.”