Weekly Bluetooth Industry Report (Jan 17, 2020)

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Ellisys Ready on Day One of Highly Anticipated Bluetooth® 5.2 Roll-Out
Ellisys, a leading worldwide provider of test and analysis solutions for Bluetooth, Wi-Fi®, Universal Serial Bus (USB), and other wired and wireless communications technologies, today announced the availability of qualification testing and protocol analyzer features supporting the latest version of the Bluetooth Core Specification. Last week, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) approved the adoption of version 5.2 of the Bluetooth Core Specification and at CES in Las Vegas, introduced LE Audio as the next generation in Bluetooth audio.

Integrated Bluetooth low energy module extends IoT devices’ battery life
Chipmaker Atmosic Technologies and Tonly Electronics Holdings Limited are collaborating on a Bluetooth low energy (BLE) module that is designed to provide longer battery life for internet of things (IoT) devices. The TBMO2 modules will integrate Atmosic’s M2 system-on-chip (SoC) and be used by device manufacturers to quickly develop smart devices, wearables, smart home products or consumer electronics with a significant reduction in the drain on the battery.

Leveraging Background Bluetooth for a Great User Experience
One of the most important things that users want when using a connected product is to be able to put its app in a folder and forget about it, trusting that it’ll work. Designing apps with this capability goes far beyond a product’s physical appearance and an app’s user interface. Background Bluetooth on iOS can be extremely powerful but requires cooperation across the system. Understanding how to make use of Bluetooth in the background will help you create a better user experience for your connected product.

New high-performance Bluetooth® 5.0 Low Energy module PAN1780
With the new PAN1780 Panasonic Industry Europe launches a new Bluetooth® 5.0 Low Energy module based on the Nordic nRF52840 SoC single-chip controller. An output power of up to +8 dBm and the high sensitivity of the nRF52840 in combination with the LE coded PHY make the module very attractive for applications that require a long range.

Enterprise IoT and protecting against Bluetooth endpoint vulnerabilities: A guide
It is well established that IoT devices greatly increase the security challenges of defending corporate networks, and a recent PwC survey reported that 71% of manufacturers plan to deploy IoT devices, despite the associated risks. It seems like the IoT train has left the station and is rushing full steam ahead towards the horizon.

Zebra Technologies Named a “Leader” for Global Indoor Location Services in Gartner Magic Quadrant
Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA), an innovator at the edge of the enterprise with solutions and partners that enable businesses to gain a performance edge, today announced it has been recognized by Gartner, Inc. as a Leader in the Magic Quadrant for Indoor Location Services, Global. This is the first year Gartner has placed a company in the Leaders quadrant. Zebra Technologies has been recognized as a Visionary for each of the last two years. A complimentary copy of the full report is available from the Zebra Technologies’ website.

Bluetooth LE retail payment terminal enables wireless payment and coupon redemption via smartphone apps
Nordic Semiconductor today announces that Crunchfish Proximity, a Malmö, Sweden-based m-commerce solution developer, has selected Nordic’s nRF52840 Bluetooth® 5/Bluetooth Low Energy (Bluetooth LE) advanced multiprotocol System-on-Chip (SoC) to provide the wireless connectivity for the ‘Blippit app terminal’. Blippit is a joint venture between Crunchfish Proximity and coupon and payment services firm ClearOn, and the app terminal enables tap-and-go payments between a smartphone app and a retailer’s point-of-sale (POS) system.

Bluetooth 5.1/Bluetooth LE modules enable OEMs to develop IoT product designs with Direction Finding and Long Range capability
Nordic Semiconductor today announces that Tangshan, China-based Tangshan Hongjia Electronic Technology Co., Ltd, has selected Nordic’s nRF52832 Bluetooth® Low Energy (Bluetooth LE) System-on-Chip (SoC) and nRF52811 SoC supporting Bluetooth 5.1 Direction Finding, to power its ‘HJ-380’ and ‘HJ-180’ compact modules.

New secure Bluetooth 5.2 SoCs
Silicon Labs has announced new Bluetooth system-on-chip (SoC) solutions that combine security features, wireless performance, energy efficiency, and software tools and stacks. These new SOCs are designed to meet the market demand for high-volume, battery-powered IoT products. They also provide developers with a Bluetooth connectivity solution that supports the new Bluetooth 5.2 specification, Bluetooth direction finding and Bluetooth mesh.

How the next generation of Bluetooth will help people with hearing loss
The next generation of Bluetooth will greatly improve accessibility for people with hearing impairments through smaller, slimmer hearing aid batteries and the ability to connect to new audio sources, according to new technology revealed at the CES tech show. Bluetooth technology allows devices to connect wirelessly over a short distance, including smartphones, tablets, headphones, smartwatches and many modern hearing aids.

CES 2020: Bluetooth reboot signals the end of pod sharing
Bluetooth helped create the wireless audio market 20 years ago and since then it has become the standard protocol for connecting mobile devices to ear and headphones – up to now with only one pairing. The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) announced the upcoming release of LE Audio, which promises better performance and support for hearing aids as well as enabling audio sharing, which will allow crowds of people to hear broadcast guides in museums, commentaries in stadiums or any other shared audio through Bluetooth.

Kochi Design Week first event to use IoT-enabled smart technology
KOCHI: The recently-held Kochi Design Week (KDW) turned out to be the country’s first event to use IoT-enabled smart technology that improves visitor experience by carrying out real-time analytics for managing proceedings, organisers said on Wednesday. The Kerala government achieved this feat at last month’s KDW by partnering with Japanese startup Pinmicro — a location-based solution provider founded by a Malayali. The Tokyo-based firm is headed by Tiby Kuruvila of Kothamangalam, Ernakulam.

Digital IDs Accessed on Smartphones via BLE
Thousands of Argentinians are signing up for a digital credential system that will enable them to share their identification and related data with authorized parties via their mobile phone. The solution, which leverages Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), makes it possible for users to securely provide their credentials for transactions ranging from police interactions to private sales and nightclub access, without requiring an ID card.

Tech4home unveils Voice Remote Controls for RDK, Metrological enabled STBs
Tech4home has launched the first Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) voice remote solutions for RDK and Metrological enabled set-top boxes. Operators opting for the RDK platform will now be able to choose from Tech4home’s wide range of remote control units and benefit from a BLE voice remote control pre-integrated for RDK and the Metrological TV Application Platform.

New HOBO® Bluetooth Analog-Input Data Loggers Enable Easy Remote Data Access
Onset, a trusted manufacturer of field-proven data loggers, today announced the release of two new HOBO MX Multi-Channel data loggers: the HOBO Analog/Temperature/Relative Humidity(RH)/Light data logger and the HOBO 4-Channel Analog data logger. Ideal for anyone looking to monitor indoor environments such as office buildings, residential spaces, warehouses, indoor grow facilities, server rooms, museums, and more – these loggers feature built-in Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology to wirelessly transmit indoor monitoring data to mobile devices, at any time.

What is LE Audio and LC3, the latest in Bluetooth audio?
For audio enthusiasts, the big story of CES 2020 is clearly Bluetooth SIG announcing a wave of new supported audio technologies. Built into the core Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) standard, these new features fall under the LE Audio name. Next-gen Bluetooth audio gear gains a lot of very useful features that should be much more widely supported than third party equivalents.

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