Weekly Bluetooth Industry Report (Dec 13, 2019)

BtleJack: a new Bluetooth Low Energy swiss-army knife
Btlejack provides everything you need to sniff, jam and hijack Bluetooth Low Energy devices. It relies on one or more BBC Micro:Bit. devices running a dedicated firmware. You may also want to use an Adafruit’s Bluefruit LE sniffer or a nRF51822 Eval Kit, as we added support for these devices. Current version of this tool (2.0) supports BLE 4.x and 5.x. The BLE 5.x support is limited, as it does only support the 1Mbps Uncoded PHY and does not support channel map updates. Check out the GitHub page here: https://github.com/virtualabs/btlejack

Bluetooth mesh standard enters OSRAM headquarters
In cooperation with Silvair as the company’s technology partner, OSRAM has recently launched a new wireless control solution for qualified Bluetooth mesh lighting networks. Cost-effective and uncomplicated, HubSense® allows for transforming existing installations into flexible, energy-efficient systems. To demonstrate these capabilities, OSRAM revamped the lighting controls at its Munich headquarters.

Renesas Electronics Introduces Low-Power RL78 Prototyping Board to Simplify IoT Endpoint Equipment Prototyping
Renesas Electronics Corporation, a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, today launched the RL78/G14 Fast Prototyping Board – a low-cost, function-rich board to enable rapid product development for IoT endpoint equipment. Quicker development prototyping and lower costs give users the agility to respond to rapid changes in technology and market needs, and reduces the time to market window for new products. Renesas also introduced the RL78/G1D BLE Module Expansion Board, which users can combine with the new prototyping board to add Bluetooth® Low Energy wireless communication functions with ease.

Bluetooth module for IIoT applications like connected sensors and remote controls introduced by Panasonic
Panasonic Industry Europe GmbH in Ottobrunn, Germany, is introducing the PAN1740A Bluetooth module for Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) applications like connected sensors, human machine interfaces, smart homes and buildings, metering applications, and remote controls.

BUKI’s Patented Mesh Networking Technology Merges Digital And Real Life Experiences Into One
Loud-Hailer®, an innovator in hyper-local capabilities, is proud to announce the issuance of a U.S. patent for their groundbreaking geospatially and vertically aware mesh networking technology. The patent covers a new method of allowing smart devices to automatically connect to each other securely and anonymously through Bluetooth Low Energy and with faster communication speeds.

Sentrius BT510 Bluetooth 5 Sensor Platform Wins Embedded Computing Design Best in Show
Laird Connectivity, a global leader in wireless technology, earned Embedded Computing Design’s Best in Show in the Wired and Wireless Connectivity, Including IoT and Industrial IoT category. The award, announced at SPS (Smart Product Solutions) in Nuremberg, highlights the most innovative products on display at SPS 2019 that have been introduced in the last 12 months and are dedicated to industries such as embedded, industrial, and IoT.

Unpatchable KeyWe smart lock can be easily picked
A design flaw in the KeyWe smart lock (GKW-2000D), which is mostly used for remote-controlled entry to private residences, can be exploited by attackers to gain access to the dwellings, F-Secure researchers have found. To add insult to injury, in this present incarnation the lock can’t receive firmware updates, meaning that the security hole can’t be easily plugged.

Nodle crowdsources IoT connectivity
Nodle, which is competing in the TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin Startup Battlefield this week, is based on a simple premise: What if you could crowdsource the connectivity of smart sensors by offloading it to smartphones? For most sensors, built-in cell connectivity is simply not a realistic option, given how much power it would take. A few years of battery life is quite realistic for a sensor that uses Bluetooth Low Energy.

Enhanced security and privacy for Bluetooth 5 connections
Renesas Electronics Corporation has introduced the RX23W – a 32-bit MCU featuring Bluetooth 5.0 for IoT endpoint devices including home appliances and healthcare equipment. By combining Bluetooth 5.0 with the company’s Trusted Secure IP on its popular high-performance RX MCU family, they provide customers with an optimised single-chip solution for system control and wireless communication, while also offering a more secure way to answer the Bluetooth security risks such as eavesdropping, tampering, and viruses.

Pre-orders Start For New HomeKit Enabled Mi Hub
The buzz around the new Mi Hub seems to be accelerating now that the official launch date (for Mainland China) is less than a day away. However, it would seem some stores can’t wait that long, as Banggood.com are now offering the hub as a pre-order item, for a mere US$24.99. The one catch is that shipping for this item will be no earlier than January 30th 2020, so quite a long time after the Chinese release. Still, it’s a good sign that it will be available to consumers outside China, albeit unofficially at present.

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