Weekly Bluetooth Industry Report (Dec 6, 2019)

Bluetooth Low Energy Serial: A Valid Design Strategy?
At some point in developing a connected product for BLE, you may have wondered, “Where is the serial profile?” Maybe you assumed that you missed it while scrolling through the long lists of profiles on the Bluetooth SIG’s website. Or, maybe you never looked, preferring the faster method of implementing the serial API provided by your chipset. Either way, no official Bluetooth profiles support a serial Rx/Tx pair.

Equine monitoring platform employs multiprotocol Nordic solutions to track health and location of horses
Nordic Semiconductor today announces that Farm Jenny, a Pittsburgh, PA-based agricultural technology company has selected Nordic’s nRF52840 Bluetooth® 5/Bluetooth Low Energy (Bluetooth LE)/Thread advanced multiprotocol System-on-Chip (SoC) and nRF52832 Bluetooth LE SoC for its recently released ‘Farm Jenny for Horses’ equine health monitoring platform. Designed for farms, ranches, or wherever horses are stabled, the solution comprises a network of wearable sensors, field receivers, beacons, and a gateway, enabling horse owners to not only keep track of the location of their animals, but monitor various activities that are indicative of a horse’s health.

Bluetooth Low Energy wearable dog activity tracker monitors pet exercise data to keep dogs fit and healthy
Nordic Semiconductor today announces that London, U.K.-based pet wearables developer PitPatPet has selected Nordic’s nRF52810 Bluetooth® Low Energy (Bluetooth LE) System-on-Chip (SoC) to provide the wireless connectivity and processing power for its canine health tracker, the ‘PitPat’.

New developments in indoor positioning technology
There has been a long-standing interest in accurate indoor positioning technology, with a wide range of interesting use cases involving the tracking of either people or objects.
These include locating assets in a warehouse or other facility, finding people or for sports related data-analysis. However, the will has not always been matched by the means. The technology has been either too inaccurate to serve the intended purpose or too complex and proprietary to easily put in place. We assume GPS is not feasible or accurate enough.

Bluetooth Is Good Now
It was nearly a decade ago, when a pretty blue gadget arrived in my mailbox and fundamentally changed my understanding of wireless technology. The gadget was a Jawbone Jambox—arguably the first popular Bluetooth speaker—that let me play music from my phone from across my backyard. Like most Bluetooth contraptions at the time, the Jambox was barely usable at times, but this idea of wireless living, it was exciting! Now, ten years later, Bluetooth is actually good.

Critical KNOB exploit penetrates gaping Bluetooth vulnerability
Researchers have discovered a vulnerability in Bluetooth’s authentication protocols which, if properly executed, could allow an attacker to conduct a man-in-the-middle attack between two paired devices. This could see an adversary intercept and alter files while they’re in transit, as well as potentially listening in on conversations conducted via Bluetooth. Researchers from Oxford University, the Singapore University of Technology and Design, and CISPA Helmholtz Center for Information Security discovered the attack, which has , which is short for “Key Negotiation of Bluetooth.”

u-blox Multiradio Module Outfitted for Wi-Fi 5 & BLE 5 in Vehicles and Industrial Devices
The JODY-W2 series features dual-band Wi-Fi 2.4GHz and 5GHz 802.11a/b/g/n/ac and dual-mode Bluetooth 5. Switzerland-based wireless technology company u-blox has recently unveiled a new series of multi-radio modules intended for automotive and industrial applications. The JODY-W2 host-based modules are designed around Marvell’s (AEC-Q100 compliant) 88W8987xA automotive wireless SoC, which requires a host processor outfitted with Linux or Android and connects to the host processor using SDIO (for Wi-Fi) or high-speed UART (for Bluetooth) interfaces.

Smart connected lighting and the IoT
IoT opens the door for smart, connected lighting systems. Paul Golata, senior technical content specialist, for Mouser Electronics, notes the latest in this field. SEASONS come and seasons go. Writing this article, located from my position in the Northern Hemisphere, I am experiencing the time of the December solstice. The winter solstice is that day of the year when I will receive the least amount of sunlight – as measured from sunrise to sunset.

Laird Connectivity Commits to Security and FIPS 140-2 Across Wireless Connectivity Platforms
Laird Connectivity, a global leader in wireless technology, has announced their investment in enhancing the security architectures across their wireless connectivity platforms. The most recent activity being Laird Connectivity’s pursuit of direct FIPS 140-2 Level 1 certification through the Cryptographic Module Validation Program (CMVP) as sponsored by NIST and the Canadian CSE.

Creating Efficient and Cost-effective IoT Based Asset Tracking Solution
The purpose of the asset tracking system is to improve workflows, reduce inventory loss, and introduce process optimization to improve overall operational efficiency and productivity. In any asset tracking system, the real-time location information of steady/moving asset is sent to cloud via gateway/router over a secure communication channel. The article describes key considerations to implement accurate & low-cost asset tracking solution that best fit your industry requirements.

Inpixon Announces Southern African Distribution Partnership with Neocast
Inpixon, a leading indoor positioning and data analytics company, today announced that it has signed Neocast Solutions (Pty) Ltd., as an authorized reseller. Neocast Solutions is an internet-of-things (IoT) solutions company, deploying services to companies in various industries, including retail, real estate, hospitality, healthcare and logistics, in fifteen countries across Southern Africa.

Ruwido’s NEO remote gets design accolade
The German Design Awards commemorate pioneering solutions in design, and this year, the NEO remote from Ruwido won in the entertainment category. The German Design Award 2020 – Excellent Product Design is a shared achievement of Telekom Slovenije and ruwido, the Austrian company with the leading position in design and manufacturing of interactive remote controls, and marks a milestone in a string of recognitions that the smart living platform NEO received in its first year on the market.

Renesas Electronics Delivers Enhanced Security and Privacy for Bluetooth® 5 Connections With 32-Bit RX23W Microcontroller
Renesas Electronics Corporation, a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, today introduced the RX23W – a 32-bit microcontroller (MCU) featuring Bluetooth ® 5.0 for IoT endpoint devices such as home appliances and healthcare equipment. By combining Bluetooth 5.0 with Renesas’ Trusted Secure IP on its popular high-performance RX MCU family, Renesas offers customers an optimized single-chip solution for system control and wireless communication, while also providing a more secure way to answer the Bluetooth security risks such as eavesdropping, tampering, and viruses.

New Mijia Bluetooth Water Leak Sensor Surfaces
With only around a week to go before China sees the official launch of the latest HomeKit compatible Mi Smart Hub, our source has discovered a new upcoming Mijia device, namely the Mijia Water Leak Sensor. The new sensor looks essentially identical to the current Aqara model, (apart from the logo) at least from the one image we’ve seen so far. It would almost certainly be made by Lumi United, who also make the other sensors in addition to their own Aqara branded products, which would explain the similarities.

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