Weekly Bluetooth Industry Report [May 22, 2020]

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Plug-and-play Bluetooth 5.2/Bluetooth LE module and firmware simplifies IoT and Microsoft Azure IoT Cloud connectivity
Nordic Semiconductor today announces that Cloud of Things, a Tel Aviv, Israel-based Internet of Things (IoT) solutions company, has selected Nordic’s nRF52840 Bluetooth® 5.2/Bluetooth Low Energy (Bluetooth LE) advanced multiprotocol System-on-Chip (SoC) to provide the wireless connectivity for its ‘DeviceTone Genie’ module.

Bosch is making manufacturing more efficient
Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions has created a connected sensor device which it describes as the ‘Swiss army knife for the internet of things (IoT)’ – the Cross Domain Development Kit (XDK). The device makes it possible to monitor its environment, connects to the internet via USB, Bluetooth or wi-fi and empowers companies to create smart manufacturing solutions. 

“Why doesn’t every shopping centre have it?”: How BindiMaps could see the demise of the information kiosk
With COVID-19 repelling people from touchscreen kiosks as a potential germ transmitter, BindiMaps co-founder Mladen Jovanovic says his startup’s app is the GPS solution for our times. Using a network of Bluetooth beacons, smart-phone sensors, a route guidance system, an efficient audio system and other technologies, BindiMaps is a navigational tool, for mostly indoor spaces, that has been optimised to assist people with visual impairments.

Tech firms deploy Bluetooth chips for coronavirus contact tracing in office
Technology companies are developing their own contact tracing systems to help prevent coronavirus outbreaks in their offices as countries begin to ease lockdown measures and a return to the workplace is in the offing. Silicon Valley company Juniper Networks Inc plans to equip its about 10,000 employees with work identification badge holders that have a Bluetooth chip that will help to record a worker’s movements and interactions in the office, company vice president Jeff Aaron said in an interview.

IoT Ready to Run: System-on-Chip Simplifies the Development of Smart Products
The promise of IoT “Plug and Play” allows developers to get an IoT device connected, up and running more easily, removing the friction associated with hardware and software configuration steps that are needed today. One of the biggest challenges in building IoT solutions using legacy approaches is to connect millions of IoT devices to the cloud across different sensors, actuators, operating systems, compute power, and more, and it is widely agreed this has been slowing down IoT adoption.

The Ultimate Guide to Android Bluetooth Low Energy
With its ability to consume very little power yet still provide the connectivity to communicate with small devices, more and more people are looking to hop on the Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) bandwagon for Android apps. Unfortunately, the Android SDK’s BLE API is full of undocumented pitfalls and leaves a lot to be desired despite the platform commanding over 76% of market share worldwide.

Sponsored Content: IoT-AdvantEdge™ Simplifies IoT Edge Product Design
The path to machine learning and personalization requires that some computing occur at the edge of the network. In fact, Gartner is forecasting that companies will generate up to 75 percent of their data outside a traditional data center within the next six years.1 Privacy is one big reason for the need for edge computing. As more devices become interconnected, it is much easier to protect data at the edge than when routed through a central server.

Bluetooth LE-powered hand sanitization monitoring solution to help healthcare workers improve hygiene compliance after Covid-19
Nordic Semiconductor today announces that Sani nudge, a Høje Tåstrup, Denmark-based healthcare solutions company, has selected Nordic’s nRF52832 Bluetooth® Low Energy (Bluetooth LE) System-on-Chip (SoC) and its nRF51822 Bluetooth LE SoC to provide the wireless connectivity for its ‘Sani nudge’ hygiene monitoring solution.

Kerlink launches LoRaWAN tracking anchor for retail, facility applications
Kerlink is launching a real-time, indoor asset-tracking-and-counting system that uses Wi-Fi or Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). Wanesy Wave is an indoor anchor that includes both Wi-Fi and BLE tracking technologies. It can detect and locate Wi-Fi devices (like smartphones), using their probe request, and can also track Bluetooth-enabled devices or tags. 

GreenTEG Leverages u-blox Connectivity to Protect Health and Safety Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
u-blox, a global provider of leading positioning and wireless communication technologies, and greenTEG, a company specializing in the development of heat flux sensors, are announcing the commercial launch of a new venture brand, named CORE. It is a wearable for continuous and accurate core body temperature monitoring. The device, which communicates wirelessly using the u-blox NINA-B306 stand-alone Bluetooth 5 low energy module, can be used to track its users’ wellness status as they return to the workplace from their homes, and alerts them when their core body temperature rises unexpectedly.

innoAviation Helps Air Carriers Track Critical PPE Shipments with Descartes’ ULD Tracking Solution
Descartes Systems Group, the global leader in uniting logistics-intensive businesses in commerce, announced that innoAviation Limited, a leading unit load device (ULD) leasing and services provider, is using the Descartes CORE™ ULD Tracking solution as part of its service to help air carriers track critical COVID-19–related personal protective equipment (PPE) shipments.

Arrow, ST and Panasonic combine on IoT edge-intelligence module
Arrow, Panasonic, and ST have introduced a low-power wireless multi-sensor edge-intelligence module for smart factory, smart home, and smart life applications. The IoT Solution Module combines Arrow’s engineering and global distribution capabilities with Panasonic Industry’s IoT modules based on the ST BlueTile (STEVAL-BCN002V1B) multi-sensor development kit. This combination enables customers to test their ideas easily and bring new IoT products to the market faster.

Bluetooth Empowering Connectivity
As today’s manufacturing environments increasingly depend on digital capabilities, enabling seamless – and often wireless – connectivity plays an instrumental role. And, the growing use artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles and robots as well as expansive growth of IoT networks only intensifies the need for stronger and more dependable connectivity. 

The Pitfalls of Contact Tracing are Addressed in New Wireless Ranging Tech and a BLE Chip
Many governments are considering contact tracing apps in an attempt to alert those who may have been in close contact with a person testing positive for COVID-19. These apps utilize Bluetooth and Radio Signal Strength Indicators (RSSIs) to determine the distance between two devices.

Dialog Releases New Wireless Ranging (WiRa™) Software Development Kit (SDK)
Dialog Semiconductor announced the release of a new Wireless Ranging (WiRa™) Software Development Kit (SDK). The new SDK helps to enhance distance measurement capabilities to its DA1469x family of BLE SoCs. Due to the SDK leveraging proprietary “radar-like” implementations for distance measurement accuracy among BLE connected devices, the WiRa has a leg up on RSSI. 

New BIAS Vulnerability Affects All Modern Bluetooth Devices
Academic researchers at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), a research institute and university in Lausanne Switzerland, discovered a new vulnerability in the Bluetooth wireless protocol, which is used to interconnect modern devices like smartphones, laptops, IoT devices, and other smart devices.

NXP adds Bluetooth to MCUs
KW39/38/37 MCUs incorporate Bluetooth 5.0 long-range capabilities and expanded Bluetooth advertising channels. Compatibility with hardware, software and tools usedwith the previous generation of devices -, KW34/35/36 – is maintained. The connectivity MCUs allow Bluetooth LE devices to communicate at distances of more than a mile and increase the amount of Bluetooth advertising channels and advertising data within the Bluetooth standard, the predominant IoT protocol.

Addressing hearing loss
A hearable can be defined as ‘a wireless in-ear computational earpiece’ that is able to fit inside the ear canal and then uses wireless technology to supplement and enhance a listener’s experience. In the burgeoning audio market, both commercial companies and those specialising in hearing aid technologies are looking to provide users with not only improved and amplified sound quality but then to link them wirelessly with other devices.

Apple-Google Exposure Notification system worthless due to privacy policies, health experts claim
As Apple and Google work to build out a so-called “Exposure Notification” API and accompanying operating system-level assets to help monitor the spread of COVID-19, health experts argue the companies’ overly stringent privacy policies will render the solution useless out of the gate. Experts in the field, including those currently building digital contact tracing apps for government health authorities, expressed concern about the Apple-Google system in Friday expose published by The Washington Post.

RS Components teams up with Nordic Semiconductor and Cadent on new global design challenge to combat isolation
RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE: ECM), a global multi-channel provider of industrial and electronic products and solutions, has joined forces with Nordic Semiconductor and the UK’s largest gas network operator, Cadent, to launch a global ‘Connect the Community’ competition calling for practical examples of how technology could transform the lives of people in isolation.

Moving Walls gets US patent for location-based media audience measurement
Moving Walls announced recently that the US Patent and Trade Office has awarded the company a patent US10587922B2 for “A System and Method for Viewership Measurement of a Particular Location for Digital Out-Of-Home Media Networks”. Moving Walls is a global media technology company that provides location-intelligence powered solutions for location-based media.

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