Cambridge Consultants Unveils Bluetooth®-Low-Energy Enabled iPhone M-Health App

In short

We’re telehealth (particularly m-health) advocates at medlatest so we’re always on the lookout for the latest developments. Cambridge Consultants, a leading technology product design and development firm, will demonstrate new Bluetooth low energy (BLE) iPhone 4S applications using CSR’s BLE devices at this year’s Mobile World Congress. BLE enables ultra-low power connectivity and basic data transfer for applications previously limited by power consumption, size constraints and complexity of other wireless standards.

Background

Cambridge Consultants recently worked with CSR on tools and example device software that assists developers wishing to create applications for Apple’s latest iPhone and Mac products, specifically the growing mobile health (mHealth) market.

This BLE iPhone app demonstrates the transfer of blood pressure readings using the BLE Blood Pressure Profile, while running on an example single-mode BLE device that could readily be incorporated into a blood pressure monitor.

Battery life critical

With wireless access to mobile devices becoming the norm, battery life is a critical concern for any new product entering the market. Devices for which BLE has been defined typically run from primary cells and do not need regular charging. BLE has been designed to provide long-term wireless connection capability without altering the usability of the devices, and require low-cost batteries that must power the wireless capability for very long periods, often until the device itself is replaced.

Company comments

“We have extensive experience in getting health devices working with smart phones in a regulatory environment, and we are excited to showcase some of our work with CSR at this year’s Mobile World Congress”, said Tim Fowler, Commercial Director, Wireless Division at Cambridge Consultants. “In addition, in recognition of the medical regulators’ views becoming clearer on using smart phones in mobile health applications, we foresee imminent and significant growth in the connected health space. We can help companies navigate the regulatory and technical issues to get the most out of the emerging BLE-enabled mHealth technologies.”

Cambridge Consultants representatives will be discussing this announcement, as well as showcasing some of its latest wireless technology developments, at Mobile World Congress, Fira de Barcelona, February 27-March 1, 2012 at Stand 1E69, Hall 1.

Source: Cambridge Consultants press release here