Weekly Bluetooth Industry Report (Dec 27, 2019)

Atmosic gets boost toward first product launch
Atmosic Technologies has completed its Series B funding, with USD 28.5 million raised, in anticipation of its upcoming inaugural product launch. The latest injection of funding will be put toward the launch of Atmosic’s M2 and M3 series Bluetooth 5 system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions for commercial products in early 2020, as well as support R&D and business scalability as a supplier of the ultra low-power consumption wireless technologies for the IoT.

UNISOC V5663 Arm Cortex-M33 AIoT SoC Comes with 802.11 b/g/n/ac WiFi 5, Bluetooth 5.1
UNISOC has launched a new processor for AIoT (Artificial Intelligence + IoT) applications with V5663 dual-core Cortex-M33 processor, supports for dual-band WiFi 5, Bluetooth 5.1, and audio features such as a voice activity detector and microphone array support which should make it ideal for smart speakers, and other smart audio applications.

Multi-sensor IoT solution for workplace safety
Arrow Electronics has collaborated with ON Semiconductor and manufacturer Geniatech to develop MuSeOn 1.1, an industrial, proof-of-concept workplace safety solution. MuSeOn 1.1 is a Multi-Sensor-Online wearable device based on ON Semiconductor`s RSL10 Sensor Development Kit. The platform features RSL10, the low power Bluetooth 5 radio SoC, and comprises five industrial-grade sensors that can measure, detect and identify varying environmental conditions.

Situation: There Are Too Many Competing Smart Home Standards
Randall Munroe’s classic xkcd “Standards” comic is cited all the time for a reason: it perfectly describes the feeling everybody has when a new standard is proposed. I saw it flying around Twitter a bunch yesterday in the wake of the announcement that Apple, Amazon, Google, Samsung, Zigbee, and a host of others have joined up to create a new smart home standard that would be open source and based on IP (an internet protocol address, not intellectual property).

Colleges are turning students’ phones into surveillance machines, tracking the locations of hundreds of thousands
When Syracuse University freshmen walk into professor Jeff Rubin’s Introduction to Information Technologies class, seven small Bluetooth beacons hidden around the Grant Auditorium lecture hall connect with an app on their smartphones and boost their “attendance points.” And when they skip class? The SpotterEDU app sees that, too, logging their absence into a campus database that tracks them over time and can sink their grade. It also alerts Rubin, who later contacts students to ask where they’ve been. His 340-person lecture has never been so full.

With Bridgefy Messaging App you can chat without internet (Offline)
If the internet in your area is suspended by the government or a natural calamity, then there is an app for you that lets you chat without the need for connecting to the internet. Bridgefy, is a messaging app that lets you connect to others without using the internet. The app connects directly to other devices within its range for communication. It creates a peer to peer Bluetooth mesh network in your mobile phone thus eliminating the need for the mobile data connection.

Ergosense Adopts Thingstream for Global Facility Management Solution
Thingstream announced a partnership with Ergosense to ensure its measurement and monitoring devices work anywhere in the world. Ergosense’s devices help identify and manage efficiencies within the workspace, and the partnership ensures Ergosense can now manufacture its devices embedding Thingstream’s IoT Communication-as-a-Service solution, guaranteeing Low-Power GSM coverage in over 190 countries worldwide.

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