Weekly Bluetooth Industry Report [May 15, 2020]

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Packetcraft Announces Public Open Source Release of its Bluetooth 5.2 Stacks
Packetcraft is excited to announce the open source release of its Bluetooth 5.2 protocol stacks: Packetcraft Host and Packetcraft Controller. These products are the world’s first qualified host stack and link layer implementing new Bluetooth 5.2 features like LE Isochronous Channels, Enhanced Attribute Protocol, and LE Power Control.

Dialog Semiconductor’s First Combo Wi-Fi and BLE Module Points the Way for a New Wave of IoT Connectivity
Dialog Semiconductor plc, a leading provider of battery management, AC/DC power conversion, Wi-Fi(R), Bluetooth(R) low energy and Industrial ICs, today announced the DA16600, a module that uniquely combines Dialog’s market-leading Wi-Fi and BLE capabilities into a single solution.

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 768G is 15-percent faster, supports Bluetooth LE Audio
Qualcomm’s second-best chip for 2020, the Snapdragon 765G, is just barely hitting the market, but that isn’t stopping the company from releasing a new and improved version. Today, Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 768G, an overclocked version of the 765G. The Snapdragon 768G isn’t just a speed boost. Qualcomm also lists “Support for Adreno Updateable GPU Drivers” and “Bluetooth 5.2” in the spec sheet.

A Bluetooth-Low-Energy-Based Detection and Warning System for Vulnerable Road Users in the Blind Spot of Vehicles
Blind spot road accidents are a frequently occurring problem. Every year, several deaths are caused by this phenomenon, even though a lot of money is invested in raising awareness and in the development of prevention systems. In this paper, a blind spot detection and warning system is proposed, relying on Received Signal Strength Indicator (RSSI) measurements and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) wireless communication.

ST offers IoT solutions for Smart Industries
With over 30 years’ of experience in developing products for factory automation and industrial applications, STMicroelectronics is a key player in the Smart Industry space. During IIOT India 2020 held in Gurgaon earlier this month, ELE Times caught up with Vishal Goyal, Group Manager, Technical Marketing, South Asia and India,STMicroelectronics’ and Vinay Thapliyal, Technical Marketing Manager, MCD, India, STMicroelectronics and learnt about company’s latest products and solutions in the field of Industrial IoT showcased there.

Hospitals Facing Covid-19 Can Track Equipment Via Data Automation
During the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, tracking medical equipment in healthcare facilities is a critical, but complicated challenge. Or else, it used to be, according to a recent release from Nordic Semiconductor. The company recently unveiled a Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) AC plug-in wireless hub and room-level ‘stick-on’ beacon asset tracking solution, which was developed by Sixgill, that employs Nordic’s nRF52832 Systems-on-Chip (SoCs).

Bluetooth direction finding brings a new dimension to indoor asset tracking
Since opening the Global Positioning System (GPS) for civilian use in the 1980s, GPS technology has become a mainstream and de facto solution for outdoor positioning and asset tracking, finding its way first from commercial airplanes to smartphones and smartwatches to match-box-sized GPS trackers. 

New NHS coronavirus tracking app plagued with major technical issues
A new mobile app launched by the government as part of its ‘track, trace, and test’ programme to slow the spread of the coronavirus has had major technical issues, an analysis has found. UK privacy charity Privacy International has claimed the NHSX app, built to track and trace people who have had Covid-19, does not work if left on in the background or if the phone is put to sleep.

Finding Your Lost Laptop Will Soon Become Easier Than Ever
If you’re worried about losing your laptop someday, then rest assured. Intel has partnered with the smart location company Tile to bring a dedicated laptop tracking tech in the market. Tile is already is known for its Bluetooth-powered tracking tags that can be tied to various objects and locate them via its Android or iOS apps. There’s is no need for an internet connection. On top of it, the app also stores the GPS coordinates of the location when it had the last contact with the tracker tag.

Renesas Extends Bluetooth 5.0 Connectivity to RA Family of 32-Bit MCUs with Arm Cortex-M Core
Renesas Electronics Corporation, a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, today introduced the first RA microcontroller (MCU) with an integrated Bluetooth ® 5.0 Low Energy radio. The single-chip RA4W1 MCU includes a 48 MHz, 32-bit Arm® Cortex®-M4 core and Bluetooth 5.0 core delivered in a 56-pin QFN package. Together, the RA4W1 MCU and easy-to-use Flexible Software Package (FSP) enables engineers to immediately begin development with Arm ecosystem software and hardware building blocks that work out-of-the-box with RA MCUs.

COVIDSafe app data yet to be used, Bluetooth fix reliant on Apple, Google
More than five million Australians have downloaded the COVIDSafe app, but it doesn’t work properly on a lot of phones, and isn’t actually sharing any data with health authorities yet. In a Senate Select Committee hearing on Wednesday, Randall Brugeaud, head of the Government’s Digital Transformation Agency, confirmed the app doesn’t work properly for iPhone users, and that it will be augmented with a system being developed by Apple and Google when it becomes available.

NXP Releases Two More MCUs for IoT Devices
NXP has augmented its product portfolio with the release of the K32W061 and K32W041 multiprotocol wireless microcontrollers (MCUs). The low-power MCUs are designed specifically for smart home and IoT devices, and boast multiple low power and low radio power modes. The K32W061 and K32W041 both support Thread and Zigbee networking protocols and offer Bluetooth Low Energy 5.0 capabilities, and feature an IEEE 802.15.4 radio.

Why govt must address the question of access inequity before making mobile apps mandatory during COVID-19
On May Day, the Ministry of Home Affairs issued guidelines pertaining to the extension of the lockdown. As part of these guidelines, the section which included instructions for workplaces stated that the Aarogya Setu app would be mandatory for all employees irrespective of whether it was a public-sector or private-sector operation.

‘World’s first’ Bluetooth LE wireless fuel level sensor helps fleet managers remotely monitor fuel used by vehicles
Nordic Semiconductor today announces that Escort, a Tatarstan, Russia-based technology company, has selected Nordic’s nRF52832 Bluetooth® Low Energy (Bluetooth LE) System-on-Chip (SoC) to provide the wireless connectivity for its ‘Escort TD-BLE fuel level sensor’, a platform primarily designed for the transport telematics market.

A smart standard for optimizing the implementation of wireless lighting controls in facilities
When it comes to wireless lighting control systems, a multitude of protocols exist, but with greater choice comes greater confusion. Without the materialization of a single prevailing controls standard that has achieved widespread deployment, many professionals remain unwilling to move forward for risk of committing to the wrong platform.

BIOS Goes Beyond Bluetooth for COVID Contact Tracing
Micron Digital Corp was in the midst of developing a drift-free inertial measurement unit when a certain virus decided to upend all of our lives. Though that project has been delayed by the novel coronavirus, Micron founder Rohit Seth is not one to sit still. His company immediately embarked on a new project: BIOS, a contact tracing app to combat COVID-19 and future pandemics.

Design Considerations for Bluetooth Mesh Across Industrial, Home Environments
BLE Mesh technology expands Bluetooth’s reach into an array of applications, but it brings to bear numerous design tradeoffs in both hardware and software. Here’s an intro to BLE Mesh and an overview of those tradeoffs framed in a smart-lighting context. Bluetooth is a ubiquitous communications protocol with countless applications in consumer electronics, healthcare, industrial automation, and asset tracking. 

Mine-tech company seeking partner to test COVID-tracing software
As soon as mine-tech entrepreneur Jennifer Sloat heard about COVID-19 circulating the globe, she knew she had a software solution that could help track its spread in the workplace. Under normal circumstances, MineIQ’s subscription-based software aggregates real-time data collected by sensors throughout a mine operation. The company can then use that data to more efficiently track assets such as fleet vehicles, locations of material, manage inventory, and more.

Wireless sports timing solution provides accurate high-speed data for enhanced participant and spectator experience
Nordic Semiconductor today announces that Mobii Systems, a Cape Town, South Africa-based sports technology company, has selected Nordic’s nRF52840 advanced multiprotocol System-on-Chip (SoC) to provide processing power, data storage, low power 2.4GHz communication, and over-the-air device firmware update (OTA-DFU) capability for the ‘Active Transponder’ and ‘Active Pod’ devices within its ‘Mobii Timing’ ecosystem of sports timing solutions.

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