Weekly Bluetooth Industry Report (Jan 31, 2020)

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New Research Exposes Cybersecurity Risks for E-Scooters and Riders
New research finds e-scooters can be hacked. Researchers at the University of Texas at San Antonio have published the first review of the security and privacy risks posed by e-scooters and their related software services and applications. “We were already investigating the risks posed by these micromobility vehicles to pedestrians’ safety.

Stratosphere Tower gets a lighting retrofit
Bluetooth mesh standard reaches new heights. The Bluetooth mesh lighting control ecosystem continues to grow at an exponential rate. In November, the number of Bluetooth SIG-qualified mesh products available on the market increased to more than 400. That same month, a Bluetooth mesh lighting network was installed inside one of North America’s most spectacular structures. Components with the Silvair firmware were used to retrofit the lighting system in the iconic Stratosphere Tower, the tallest freestanding observation tower in the U.S.

Lost and Found
As the saying goes, employees are a company’s most valuable asset, but with 46 percent of businesses reporting physical assets misplaced by employees, and worse, 29 percent reporting them stolen, one begins to wonder whether this asset might in fact be a firm’s greatest liability. According to a study by insurance provider Hiscox, in the U.S. alone, employee theft costs businesses in the region of $50 billion per annum.

Emerson Releases Cooper-Atkins Multi-Function Thermometer
Emerson announced it has released the new Cooper-Atkins 20200 Multi-Function Thermometer (MFT). The MFT can transmit temperatures wirelessly to a compatible mobile device via Bluetooth Low Energy, reducing power consumption. The thermometer has an easy-to-read LCD display and utilizes any Cooper-Atkins type-K thermocouple temperature probe, making it versatile for insertion, air or surface temperature measurement.

NXP Delivers New Bluetooth Microcontroller Intelligence with Value-added NFC Peripheral
NXP Semiconductors N.V. today announced the availability of its QN9090 and QN9030 Bluetooth 5 System on Chip (SoC) with hardware compatible options for 802.15.4, Multiprotocol RF, and optional NFC technology. The latest additions to its QN series of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) devices enable next generation intelligent connected devices by achieving ultra-low power consumption and integrating a high-capacity CPU with a wide operating temperature range, a comprehensive mix of analog and digital peripherals and BLE mesh support.

Bluetooth 5/Bluetooth LE module allows Panasonic Industry customers to develop applications for use in high RF interference environments​
Nordic Semiconductor today announces that Panasonic Industry, one of the world’s leading multinational industrial solutions companies, has selected Nordic’s nRF52840 Bluetooth® 5/Bluetooth Low Energy (Bluetooth LE) advanced multiprotocol System-on-Chip (SoC) to power its ‘PAN1780 module’. The Nordic SoC’s 64MHz, 32-bit Arm® Cortex® M4 processor with floating point unit (FPU) ensures the PAN1780 module can support the most complex IoT applications. The module is qualified over the full industrial –40º to 85º C operating temperature range.

Bluetooth 5/Bluetooth LE wireless button enables connected home control at the push of a switch​
Nordic Semiconductor today announces that Stockholm, Sweden-based Shortcut Labs, has selected Nordic’s nRF52811 Bluetooth® 5/Bluetooth Low Energy (Bluetooth LE) multiprotocol System-on-Chip (SoC) to power its ‘Flic 2’ button and ‘Flic Hub LR’. The Flic 2 button enables a user to trigger functions on their Bluetooth 4.0 (and later) smartphone or tablet, as well as any connected smart devices, with the press of a button, and without the need to access individual apps or provide voice commands. The addition of the Internet-connected Flic Hub LR means the buttons can be triggered by anyone in the absence of the primary user’s smartphone.

Rohde & Schwarz presents its test solutions for tomorrow’s electronic systems at embedded world 2020
At the leading trade show for the embedded industry in Nuremberg, Rohde & Schwarz will highlight its T&M solutions for embedded designs in the automotive sector and high speed digital interfaces. The T&M expert will demonstrate trendsetting Bluetooth T&M solutions® and innovative solutions for power, EMC and power integrity measurements.

Rich Warren | At CES, Bluetooth shows sound improvement
The most important news from the recent 2020 Consumer Electronics Show lacked flashing LEDs, self-driving capability or physical substance. Instead, a ubiquitous technology stole the show. Bluetooth, a low-power, short-range “personal” wireless technology developed in 1989 that first debuted in a consumer version a decade later, stole the show. Initially meant to replace the clunky RS-232 serial cable used by computers, it wasn’t long before Bluetooth replaced a lot of different wires as Wi-Fi’s little brother (or sister).

IoT tech enables big savings on Kanata retrofit
The president of Toronto’s EcoGrid Technologies is crediting fine-tuned internet of things lighting controls and smart use of provincial and federal rebates with enabling a client to achieve an immediate full return on investment on a recent lighting retrofit job. EcoGrid partnered with RPM Commercial Energy Solutions on the Smart LED conversion project for AstenJohnson’s 350,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Kanata, Ont.

Linde Willenbrock Chooses Kontakt.io’s Simon AI to Digitize Order and Material Traceability Saving 100,000+ EUR per annum per Warehouse
Kontakt.io, an end-to-end location service solution provider on a mission to simplify the global delivery of location data, today announced that Linde Willenbrock, a specialized subsidiary of Linde, providing full service for intralogistics and high-performance material flow solutions tailored to individual customer benefits, has selected Kontakt.io’s Simon AI – Location IoT Analytics Platform to digitize order and material traceability and automate operational workflow while gaining deeper insights into each step of the process.

Nordic Semiconductor samples nRF21540 RF Front End Module
Nordic Semiconductor announces the nRF21540 RF Front End Module (FEM), a power amplifier/low noise amplifier (PA/LNA) product. The nRF21540 has been developed to complement Nordic’s nRF52 and nRF53 Series multiprotocol Systems-on-Chip (SoCs). The RF FEM’s PA offers an adjustable TX power boost up to +21 dBm, with the LNA providing +13 dB RX gain. The LNA’s low noise figure (NF) of 2.5 dB also offers increased RX sensitivity for Nordic’s Bluetooth 5/Bluetooth Low Energy (Bluetooth LE), Thread, Zigbee, and 2.4GHz RF low power wireless solutions.

Bluetooth app tracks class attendance at SU
Professor Jeff Rubin explained to the students in his IST 195 lecture how the SpotterEDU app would allow him to take attendance through the students’ phones. “It’s called Bluetooth low energy,” said Molly Scheuer, a freshman who took Rubin’s class last semester. “Your phone connects to beacons on the walls of the classroom and it verifies that you’re close enough to connect.”

Sub-1GHz mini-PCIe card also handles 2.4GHz links
Gateworks has launched a second-gen “GW16122 IoT Radio” mini-PCIe card for Sub-1GHz and 2.4GHz BT5 LE, Thread, and Zigbee communications. The TI CC1352P driven card has a 20dBm amplifier for a longer range plus up to 352KB flash and open source software. The revised version of the GW16122 IoT Radio mini-PCIe card is designed for rugged and industrial IoT applications using Sub-1GHz (or Sub-GHz) communications –868MHz in the EU and 915MHz in the US. It also supports 2.4GHz networks.

What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Radio Frequency Identification?
Can you please describe some examples of both? RFID is a tool. The advantages and disadvantages depend to a large extent on how the tool is applied. If you apply a tool to the wrong task, it won’t work well.
That being said, RFID can be used in many different tasks and has advantages and perhaps some disadvantages for each. For example, short-range Near Field Communication (a form of HF RFID) works very well for executing payment transactions. It’s more secure than magstripes, faster and more convenient for the customer (just tap your phone or card and go). The disadvantage is that it is slightly more expensive than a magnetic strip.

Garmin Adds Bluetooth Heart Rate & Running Data Broadcasting for FR245/FR945
Garmin has quietly begun offering the ability for users to start re-broadcasting their heart rate over Bluetooth Smart with certain wearables, via an open beta program. While virtually all Garmin wearables made in the last…ever…support re-broadcasting of heart rate over ANT+, none have supported re-broadcasting over Bluetooth Smart. In fact, almost nobody in the industry supports re-broadcasting over Bluetooth Smart (using the standard BLE HR profile). Whoop started semi-recently doing so with their latest band, and years ago Polar kinda introduced it on certain wearables (but it was fraught with odd compatibility issues that mostly made it useless).

3 Special New Nintendo Switch Controllers Revealed
Hardware makers PowerA and Nintendo have announced a trio of new Nintendo Switch controllers, which will be releasing in March. PowerA notes that all three controllers use Bluetooth 5.2 technology, plus feature the following: leds for player number, button mapping, low battery warning, two AA batteries, advanced gaming buttons, and officially licenses. Lastly, each comes with a two-year limited warranty.

Why you see online ads for stuff you buy in the real world
Stop me if you’ve heard this before: You go to a store, browse its wares, consider or even make a purchase, and then go home, only to find a bunch of ads from that very store — perhaps of the very item you bought — following you around the internet. Or maybe you have several emails from that store filling your inbox, urging you to buy more stuff. How did your offline shopping habits make it into your online life? Well, it turns out those brick-and-mortar stores are getting as good at tracking you as their online rivals. And it all starts with your phone.

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