Weekly Bluetooth Industry Report [Mar 20, 2020]

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BlueZ 5.54 Linux Bluetooth Stack Released With Just-Works Repairing Policy, EATT Support
Marcel Holtmann of Intel’s open-source Linux team released BlueZ 5.54 this morning as the latest version of this widely-used user-space Linux Bluetooth stack. BlueZ 5.54 adds new policy support for Just-Works repairing. The Bluetooth Just-Works pairing is for when hitting a button on the smartphone/computer and Bluetooth device to initiate pairing without entering of keys.

Silicon Labs to Buy Redpine’s Wi-Fi, Bluetooth & MCU Operations
Silicon Labs said it will acquire Redpine Signals’ Wi-Fi and Bluetooth assets, its development center of around 200 people in India and its extensive patent portfolio for $308 million in cash. With the acquisition, Silicon Labs hopes to do two things. The first is to bring Redpine’s existing products into the sales channel and drive IoT revenue growth.

Saelig Introduces Abeeway Multiple Technology Location Tracking Sensors
Fairport, NY Saelig Company, Inc. announces the availability of Abeeway Asset Trackers, which uniquely use multiple location technologies (GPS, Low-power GPS, Wi-Fi, and BLE) to allow accuracy, speed, and indoor/outdoor use. Proprietary Abeeway technology sends GPS calculations to the cloud, making location tracking faster and extremely energy-efficient.

Smart and Secure Embedded Solutions for IoT Design
Microchip Technology Inc. has launched a range of IoT solutions for rapid prototyping by using cloud connectivity for all integrated microcontroller solutions. IoT design is characterized by pairing the appropriate microcontroller solutions with the ideal connection protocol for your application. Microchip Technology Inc. announced a line-up of full-stack, embedded development solutions that provide any number of such combinations.

MiCard MultiTech4 BLE Card Reader: Bluetooth® Low Energy for User Identification and Access Control
Alongside uniFLOW 2020 LTS and uniFLOW Online 2020.1, a new card reader is introduced to complement the range of solutions for user identification and access control with the software. The MiCard MultiTech4 BLE card reader includes Bluetooth® Low Energy technology so users can authenticate at a device by using their smartphone.

Nordic nRF52820 SoC adds Full Speed USB 2.0 and Bluetooth 5.2, Bluetooth LE, Bluetooth mesh, Thread, and Zigbee support to lower-end of nRF52 Series
Nordic Semiconductor today announces the nRF52820 Bluetooth 5.2 System-on-Chip (SoC), the sixth addition to its popular and proven nRF52 Series. The nRF52820 is an ultra low power Bluetooth® Low Energy (Bluetooth LE), Bluetooth mesh, Thread, Zigbee, and 2.4-GHz proprietary lower-end wireless connectivity solution. The nRF52820’s is capable of all the features of Bluetooth 5, 5.1, and 5.2 including Long Range and high-throughput 2 Mbps, Direction Finding, LE Power Control, and LE Isochronous Channels. The SoC also includes a Full Speed (12 Mbps) USB 2.0 interface.

Bluetooth 5.2/Bluetooth LE tracking system offers ‘live’ people- and asset-monitoring solution
Nordic Semiconductor today announces that Poznań, Poland-based asset tracking company, notinote, has selected Nordic’s nRF52810 Bluetooth® 5.2/Bluetooth Low Energy (Bluetooth LE) multiprotocol System-on-Chip (SoC) and nRF52832 Bluetooth 5.2/Bluetooth LE SoC for its ‘notiLocate’ asset tracking system.

Information Update – Cybersecurity vulnerabilities associated with some medical devices with Bluetooth Low Energy chips
Health Canada is informing Canadians, healthcare professionals, and manufacturers about a series of cybersecurity vulnerabilities named “SweynTooth”. These vulnerabilities may affect devices using the Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) protocol.  Because of these vulnerabilities, some medical devices that use BLE chips could be at risk of a cyber attack. Affected medical devices may include pacemakers, blood glucose monitors, ultrasound systems and insulin pumps.

Microsoft rolls out digital twin using sensors, IoT and AI
Digital twins offer a way of representing the real world in a digital space, in turn gaining insights which can be applied to drive efficiencies back in the real world. Volker Busch, Chief Data Officer of professional services firm Arup, gave a helpful definition of the concept in the company’s digital twin report: “A digital twin, as a means to link digital models and simulations with real-world data, creates new possibilities for improved creativity, competitive advantage and human-centred design.

Mobile App Development – Where is the Future Headed?
Time flies. Trends come, trends go. New technologies come. Then probably some of it becomes a norm, and maybe some of it finally becomes obsolete too. But mobile app development is still there. And not to mention, it is there with all its grace and power. And with time, it is becoming more and more prominent!

Bragi and CEVA Collaborate to Redefine Hearable Devices
CEVA, Inc., the leading licensor of wireless connectivity and smart sensing technologies, and Bragi GmbH, an award-winning technology company based in Munich, Germany, announced today a strategic collaboration to drive a new class of hearable devices where the user experience is customizable via the industry’s first hearable app store. Target devices include headsets, hearing aids, True Wireless Stereo (TWS) earbuds and a host of other smart audio devices for the consumer and the smart home.

Bluetooth is changing how we interact with cars. Here’s how
Bluetooth is nothing new, even in cars. We’ve been listening to music and making phone calls using the technology for more than a decade. Even though the likes of Apple CarPlay and integrated Spotify have rendered Bluetooth somewhat outdated on the surface, the technology permeates modern cars now more than ever. Everything from your keyless entry system to the tyre pressure monitoring system uses Bluetooth sensors. Indeed, it’s keyless systems that have led the explosion of the technology in cars.

Minnesota trialling Bluetooth ‘tags’ to warn drivers about highway workzones
In a project sponsored by the Roadway Safety Institute, University of Minnesota (UMN) researchers have developed a system that uses Bluetooth ‘tags’ to trigger in-vehicle audio warnings when approaching a highway workzone.

New Multi-Wireless IoT Gateway from Laird Connectivity Simplifies Connecting Bluetooth Sensors to the Cloud
Global technology leader Laird Connectivity launched its new multi-wireless Sentrius™ IG60-BL654 gateway that securely and reliably connects Bluetooth sensors to the cloud. The Sentrius IG60-BL654 gateway is the latest wireless IoT gateway offering in Laird Connectivity’s growing family of IoT devices. Based on Laird Connectivity’s 60 Series System-on-Module (SOM) and BL654 embedded Bluetooth module (Nordic nRF52840 silicon), the IG60-BL654 provides a powerful platform for Bluetooth 5 long range sensor-to-cloud applications.

Prepare to Travel Safe: Samsara Tackles Travel Safety Concerns
As new circumstances are impacting and thus changing the way we travel, Samsara Luggage continues its campaign to reduce the stresses of travel for those who cannot reschedule their itineraries. Samsara Luggage is raising awareness on travel safety measures that their smart luggage provides so that travelers can focus on more pressing concerns.

Connected lighting platform supports rapid development of smart LED lighting solutions
ON Semiconductor, driving energy efficient innovations, has introduced the Connected lighting platform, leveraging the company’s expertise in Power over Ethernet (PoE) and ultra-low-power Bluetooth Low Energy connectivity, along with AC/DC and DC/DC power conversion design.

NeuroMetrix Provides Quell® Technology Commercial Strategy and Pipeline Update
NeuroMetrix, Inc. (NURO) today provided an update on its Quell technology commercial strategy and pipeline. An estimated 100 million US adults have chronic pain. People with chronic pain may also have low quality sleep, anxiety, depression, and poor overall health. The annual economic cost is $600 billion in the US. There is a critical need for non-pharmacological pain relief options. Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is non-invasive stimulation of sensory nerves that results in pain relief. TENS has been used for decades in the treatment of chronic pain.

Laird Releases New Bluetooth 5.1 Module
Laird Connectivity released the new BL653 embedded Bluetooth 5.1 module series which enables industrial OEMs to implement longer range BLE applications in the harshest industrial operating environments. The BL653 is a complete multi-protocol embedded wireless offering with processing capability, Bluetooth 5.1 direction finding with angle of arrival (AoA) and angle of departure (AoD), and extended temperature range ideal for challenging RF environments and wireless industrial IoT applications.

NEON for GPS-denied Environments Marches with Army, DOT
The U.S. Army’s Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office’s (RCCTO) selected TRX Systems to deliver a prototype tactical electronic warfare (EW) kit for dismounted soldiers. TRX is also one of 11 firms selected by the Department of Transportation to demonstrate GPS backup technologies, with tests to take place in March.

Digital twin creates blueprint for future smart buildings
Bentley Systems and Schneider Electric have rolled out a digital twin of Microsoft’s new regional headquarters at Frasers Tower in Singapore
The digital twin offers a living blueprint for the future of smart buildings.

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