The next-generation Sena 30K Bluetooth system will have improved networking so the connection isn’t lost when a rider leaves a group.
The 30K will arrive in mid-2017, according to Earmold Australia, and is based on the popular 20S unit. It also uses the same mount so you can swap them over.
Sena calls the new technology “adaptive mesh networking” and it is similar to Cardo’s recent Packtalk.
Both systems now claim to have fixed the problem of communication dropouts when a member leaves the group and the difficulties of reconnecting when they rejoin.
Instead of Bluetooth, it uses mesh networking with each device acting as a node to receive and relay data.
While the Packtalk has range of 1.6km between intercoms and up to 5km with four or more riders/pillions, the Sena 30K has the same theoretical 2km range as the 20S and supports up to 16 riders/pillions.
Sleeker 30K unit
The weather-resistant 30K unit looks a little sleeker than the 20S but with the same “jog dial” which is the easiest in the industry to use.
It has all the other 20S features including built-in FM tuner, voice commands, noise filter, audio multitasking and will work with any other Bluetooth intercom unit.
Battery life is now 13 hours with a 15-minute quick-charge feature to add four more hours of talk time.
There is no word et on price, but the current Sena 20S is $345 for a single unit.
Sena has also updated its RideConnected smartphone app for iOS and Android.
The app allows rider to create a private group and communicate via the headset with up to 16 other people that can be anywhere in the world, as long as they have access to a mobile network.