Weekly Bluetooth Industry Report [Feb 28, 2020]

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Proof of Concept of Sweyntooth Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) vulnerabilities GitHub Repo
This PoC uses well maintained libraries such as Scapy and Colorama. The BLE packet crafting and dissection is done via customized Scapy protocol layers (bluetooth4LE and bluetooth.py). There’s a merge in progress to include our additions in Scapy’s main repository.

Nordic announces support for Amazon Common Software for Devices to accelerate development of smart home products with support for Amazon services
Nordic Semiconductor today announces it is working with Amazon Common Software (ACS) to help accelerate the development of smart home and other wireless products. Amazon Common Software (ACS) provides a single, unified API integration layer for multiple Amazon SDKs. This includes providing components that are pre-validated and memory-optimized for common smart home product functionalities.

Insight SiP Introduces Bluetooth LE and UWB Combo Module
Insight SiP, a specialist in ultra-miniature RF modules, is introducing the ISP3010 RF module, which combines smart Ultra-Wide Band (UWB) and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) capabilities with MCU (microcontroller unit), each with its own antenna. Both antennas are integrated into the module. This highly miniaturized LGA module measures only 14 x 14 x 1.5 mm, making it an ideal stand-alone module solution for ranging applications, which require precision, real-time location systems, and long-range wireless communication.

Why you should care about Bluetooth LE Audio
Earlier this week, we announced our new iEB110 IP, a complete Bluetooth Low Energy IP solution based on the recently announced Bluetooth SIG version 5.2 specification. The iEB110 Bluetooth Low Energy v5.2 IP contains the RF, controller software and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) host stack, providing manufacturers with everything they need to create cutting-edge devices, from earbuds to hearing aids, at speed, and at the lowest BOM cost, giving them a competitive edge in the fast-evolving wireless audio market.

Goodix License and Deploy CEVA Bluetooth Low Energy IP in SoCs Targeting Wearables, Mobile Devices, the Internet of Things
CEVA, Inc., the leading licensor of wireless connectivity and smart sensing technologies, today announced that Goodix Technology has licensed and deployed CEVA’s RivieraWaves Bluetooth® low energy IP in its GR551x series of Bluetooth low energy System-on-Chip (SoCs). The GR551x series is designed to help users develop low-power Bluetooth-based products including smart mobile devices, wearables, IoT applications.

Wipro’s Smart Lighting Solutions, now available Offline
Wipro’s consumer care and lighting products which were available online exclusively on Amazon India will be also available in offline retail. The company plans to expand market availability of their smart lighting business to retail market offline as well. Wipro expanded their Smart Lighting Solutions also with its product line up to a full range of lighting and smart security solutions in December 2019, from a smart bulb which was introduced in October 2018 by Wipro.

IoT Beacon Empowering the IoT World Secured by WISeKey
WISeKey International Holding Ltd. (“WISeKey”), a leading global cybersecurity and IoT company, will showcase the IoT Beacon, an ultra-low-power Bluetooth 5 secure beacon, at Embedded World 2020 in Nuremberg, Germany (February 25-27, 2020).  Initially introduced in November 2019 at the Trustech event in Cannes, the IoT Beacon is designed for many industrial IoT applications including cold chain monitoring, heath care, secure asset tracking and factory automation.

Companies Testing Passive BLE Sensor Tag
Cloud technology and semiconductor company Wiliot has released a battery-free Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) sensor tag that detects data such as temperature and usage, then forwards that information to a gateway or a BLE-enabled mobile phone or device. The tag, which is currently being tested by approximately 20 companies ranging from brands to retailers, captures energy from Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and cellular transmissions within the area.

Biometric passwordless authentication devices for Microsoft Azure AD announced at RSA
Two innovative biometric USB security key solutions to support Microsoft Azure Active Directory will be demonstrated at this year’s RSA Conference. While Feitian Technologies will showcase its latest FIDO2-certified biometric fingerprint passwordless authentication, eWBM will demonstrate its latest biometric Goldengate security key, both for Azure AD.

Will Beacons Make a Difference for Commerce at Sports Venues?
The buzz around the Internet of Things (IoT) is on the rise, but most consumers are unaware of the techniques that go into it, and most companies are not leveraging all the available tools. Some of the most convenient devices which are still underutilized, considering the potential they have, are beacons. These are Bluetooth version 4.0+ powered gadgets that can communicate with each other and with external Bluetooth-connected objects. They have a small CPU, detect geolocation, perform basic data processing and encryption, and trigger rule-based actions.

Cisco Meraki Launches Phunware Location Based Services in Meraki Marketplace
Phunware, Inc., a fully-integrated enterprise cloud platform for mobile that provides products, solutions, data and services for brands worldwide, today announced that Cisco Meraki now features the Company’s Multiscreen-as-a-Service (MaaS) Location Based Services (LBS) app in its Meraki Marketplace.

Testing wayfinding technology at Union Station
Navigating through Union Station can prove challenging to even the most resourceful traveler, let alone somebody who is blind or visually impaired. While sighted travelers rely on signage and visual cues, blind and partially sighted people often seek tactile pathways to guide them. Given that installing tactile pathways at Union Station’s is challenging due to the historic landmark status of the station, Metro was open to alternative wayfinding solutions.

Bluetooth: Bluetooth Related Flaws Are Proving To Be Dangerous For Medical Devices
Bluetooth is a wireless technology which allows the exchange of data over short distances. Most of us use Bluetooth in our day to day lives. Be it through our headphones, speaker, TVs, laptops, tablets, medical equipment, we do make use of it some or the other way in almost all days.

Dialog Semiconductor and Adesto Sign Merger Deal Broadening IIoT Presence
Dialog Semiconductor, a leading supplier of power management, charging, AC/DC power conversion, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth low energy technology, and Adesto Technologies Corporation – “Adesto”, a number one supplier of innovative, customized integrated circuits (ICs) and embedded systems for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) market, revealed they’ve signed a definitive settlement for Dialog to purchase all outstanding shares of Adesto.

U-Blox launches Jody-W3 Wi-Fi 6 module series in automotive grade
U-Blox has announced the Jody-W3 series of multiradio modules featuring Wi-Fi 6 with 2 x 2 MIMO and dual-mode Bluetooth 5.1. Supporting the IEEE 802.11ax standard, also known as Wi-Fi 6, Jody-W3 is designed for wireless high speed connections required in vehicle applications. This ranges from video streaming and screen mirroring, to back-up cameras and cloud connectivity as well as vehicle systems maintenance and diagnostics. Bluetooth 5.1 provides direction finding along with long range, enabling applications such as keyless entry systems.

Bastille Announces Bastille Express Portable Rapid Deployment Radio Frequency Threat Remediation Kit
Bastille, the leader in enterprise threat detection through software-defined radio, today announced its new Bastille Express portable rapid deployment kit delivering real-time, accurate Cellular, Bluetooth, BLE and Wi-Fi Device Detection, Identification and location for multiple, temporary and/or remote locations.

Prototyping platform combines environmental sensors with multi-band support
Texas Instruments has introduced the TI SimpleLink LPSTK-CC1352R LaunchPad SensorTag kit. The solution is a fully enclosed and battery-operated kit is designed to enable rapid prototyping, helping IoT developers evaluate new product designs without needing to develop any hardware or software from scratch.

Swissport International and Descartes Expand Real-time Tracking Network for Air Cargo
Descartes Systems Group, the global leader in uniting logistics-intensive businesses in commerce, announced that Switzerland’s Swissport International, the largest airport ground services and air cargo handling agent worldwide, is deploying Descartes Core Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)™ readers at all 115 of its cargo warehouses. The deployment significantly expands the network used to provide airlines with real-time tracking of international mail, parcel and cargo shipments via the Descartes Core™ Unit Load Device (ULD) Tracking solution.

GN Hearing launches new ReSound range
The new solutions aim to solve the key listening challenges of people with hearing loss where and when they need it most. Globally, 466 million people have a disabling hearing loss. GN Hearing wants to help every person with hearing loss improve their hearing and live each day to the full. Gitte Aabo, CEO and president at GN Hearing, said: “We are now taking the first step to implement the new strategy with new solutions that are a significant leap forward in terms of offering even more people access to the benefits of GN Hearing’s technology….”

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