Weekly Bluetooth Industry Report [May 29, 2020]

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COVID-19: Hands-free scanner now monitors distance
ProGlove’s MARK 2 hands-free scanner is used by industry icons like BMW, Audi, IKEA and Bosch to shave seconds on every scan. That’s a big deal when workers scan hundreds or thousands of barcodes every day.
Inspired after evaluating its own processes for safety and efficiency, ProGlove has now come up with a way to help workers maintain proper distance from each other.

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.

Diagnosing Healthcare’s Radio Frequency Problem
The adoption of telemedicine and wireless technologies in healthcare has put the threat of radio frequency (RF) attacks at an all-time high. As hackers target blind spots in wireless communications, medical devices running on various networks across the wireless spectrum pose big risks for healthcare facilities. With both financial and personal data potentially available, healthcare is an attractive target for hackers. But in recent years, hacking has taken an even more dangerous turn. The 2017 St. Jude pacemaker hack underscored how the exploitation of wireless devices could potentially be life threatening.

Data researchers at odds: Will Americans opt in or out of COVID-19 contact tracing apps?
Even though the two behemoths in the technology industry–Apple and Google– launched digital contact-tracing systems this week, Americans are extremely wary about opting in to tracing apps, even if they’re told the information would help in the development of a vaccine to fight COVID-19. The VPN provider ExpressVPN and software security company Checkmarx queried 1,200 and 1,500 consumers, respectively, to find out what Americans think about digital contact-tracing systems having access to their health information.

CEVA to Host Online Seminar Series for Wireless Connectivity and Smart Sensing Technologies
CEVA, Inc., the leading licensor of wireless connectivity and smart sensing technologies, announced today that it will host a series of virtual seminars in June, exploring the benefits of including smart sensing and AI at the Edge in embedded designs, and the latest IoT and 5G cellular connectivity solutions. The “CEVA Technology Virtual Seminar 2020: Spring Edition” will be held over four dates, with each educational seminar focused on the challenges and trends in a specific technology domain, and hosted by CEVA product specialists and engineering experts.

New features for Bluetooth low energy SoCs to reduce COVID-19 spread
Dialog Semiconductor now offers a new Wireless Ranging (WiRa) SDK that adds highly accurate and reliable distance measurement abilities to its DA1469x family of BLE SoCs. The demand for more accurate and reliable distance measurement and tracing technology has become more critical in the wake of COVID-19.

Nedap Adds NVITE Reader To Enhance Contactless Driver Identification Solution
Nedap adds the multiple technology reader NVITE to their long-range identification product portfolio, for contactless driver identification. As a specialist in systems for long-range identification, Nedap is offering a wide range of solutions to identify vehicles and drivers, without delaying them. NVITE supports reading a wide range of credential technologies, such as Smartcards, Proximity cards and QR codes. The built-in Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and Near Field Communication (NFC) modules enable secure communication with third party smartphone applications.

New Ultrasonic Contact-Tracing App Promises Better Accuracy Than Bluetooth Alternatives
Israel-based tech firm Sonarax has launched a sound-based contact-tracing app, claiming it offers improved performance and security over the contact-tracing protocols developed by Google and Apple. Making use of ultrasonic data transfer, the SONAR-X contact-tracing app avoids problems encountered by Bluetooth-based apps, such as false positives through walls and potential man-in-the-middle attacks.

Bluetooth SIG and DiiA Collaborate to Accelerate IoT-enabled Commercial Lighting
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), the trade association that oversees Bluetooth® technology, and the DiiA, the global DALI alliance of companies from the lighting and sensor industries, announced today a collaboration designed to accelerate the adoption of IoT-enabled commercial lighting systems. The collaboration will enable the deployment of certified DALI-2 devices and intelligent D4i luminaires, with qualified Bluetooth mesh intelligent lighting-control networks.

Qualcomm announces FastConnect 6700 and 6900 with Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2
Qualcomm announced the FastConnect 6900 and 6700 Mobile Connectivity Systems today, promising that they’re built from the ground up for a modern experience. The company is promising things like low-latency Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and wired-class voice and music over a wireless connection. All of this is brought to you by Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2. Wi-Fi 6E can use the new 6GHz band, delivering speeds of up to 3.6Gbps with the FastConnect 6900 (3Gbps on the 6700).

Nordic-powered virtual/augmented reality headset sterilization system helps in global fight against Covid-19
Nordic Semiconductor today announces that Cleanbox Technology, a global equipment-cleaning technology company has retrofitted its ‘CX1’ virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) headset cleaning solution to help medical facilities and first responders stay safe in the global fight to control the spread of Covid-19. The CX1 was originally designed to enable VR and AR venues keep headsets clean, dry, disinfected, and safe for use, but has now been repurposed to also clean masks potentially contaminated with the Covid-19 virus.

Covid-19 UWB and Bluetooth workplace tracker promises very high precision social distance monitoring to avoid unnecessary testing
Nordic Semiconductor today announces that German manufacturer and developer of embedded micro-devices, PHYTEC, is employing a Nordic Semiconductor nRF52832 Bluetooth® System-on-Chip (SoC)-based module – the Decawave DWM1001C – in a UWB and Bluetooth workplace social distancing tracker that was developed specifically to combat Covid-19.

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