Weekly Bluetooth Industry Report [May 8, 2020]

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UK’s National Health Service (NHS) is Going Forward With an iPhone and Android App For Coronavirus Contact Tracing
UK’s National Health Service (NHS) is moving forward with an iPhone and Android program for coronavirus contact tracing. The government has refused to utilize the Apple-Google remedy to monitor the prospective connections of a COVID-19 patient. The Apple-Google program has robust built-in privacy provisions and does not store user information to a central server, as the UK government intends to do.

Coronavirus tracker apps – passport out of lockdown or unlawful infringement of privacy?
Governments around the world are scrambling for technological solutions which might facilitate a relaxation of the current lockdown measures. One idea which is being explored is the use of apps which can alert users when they have come into contact with someone who may be carrying the virus.Such apps have already been used by countries such as China, South Korea and Singapore in their responses to the virus, while Israel and Turkey have also announced plans to use smartphones to track infected individuals.

Apple adds new symptoms to coronavirus application
Apple has updated the coronavirus imaging application it released due to the outbreak. The new version includes updated symptom information and the latest recommendations from health institutions. The updated app also includes tips on how to mask and sterilize. Technology giants are also working on the fight against the new deadly coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19), which has spread to the world and has killed 238,950 people since its emergence in the People’s Republic of China.

Aussie startup develops Covid-19 contact tracing for workplace
Australian IoT startup Leash It has evolved its Bluetooth-based asset tracking system, LeashView, to enable organisations to quickly identify the contacts of any staff member, contractor or visitor to their facility testing positive for Covid-19, and the areas they might have contaminated. Leash It founder and CEO, Tony Lotzof, said LeashView could greatly reduce the impact of a Covid-19 infection on a facility.

Bluetooth demand rises for tracking and in Chinese homes
Last year was a big one for the Bluetooth protocol. In 2019, more Bluetooth devices went into devices such as toys, trackers, and toothbrushes than went into laptops, computers, and phones. According to data from ABI Research collected on behalf of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), 4.2 billion Bluetooth devices were sold, 52% of which were earbuds, smart speakers, lights, clothing, etc.

Hospitals facing Covid-19 surges can track key equipment quickly and easily via data automation AC plug-in wireless hubs and Bluetooth stick-on beacons
During the Covid-19 crisis the ability to track scarce medical equipment assets such as ventilators and defibrillators in real time has never been more vital. Knowing the total number and location of all key assets helps keep them available when and where needed.

Bluetooth LE electric board allows watersport enthusiasts to ‘surf’ above water and control speed with handset
Nordic Semiconductor today announces that Tekt Industries, a Melbourne, Australia-based technology company, has selected Nordic’s nRF52832 Bluetooth® Low Energy (Bluetooth LE) System-on-Chip (SoC) to provide the wireless connectivity for its client’s ‘Fliteboard’ system. 

Bluetooth 5.2/Bluetooth LE smart wearable helps owners keep track of pets via crowd location system
Nordic Semiconductor today announces that U.S.-based pet wearables startup, Huan, has selected Nordic’s nRF52840 Bluetooth® 5.2/Bluetooth Low Energy (Bluetooth LE) advanced multiprotocol System-on-Chip (SoC), and its nRF52810 Bluetooth LE SoC to provide the wireless connectivity for its ‘Huan Sensor’- and ‘Huan Tag’-based smart pet tracking system.

Apple and Google’s contact-tracing system risks your privacy, says EFF
UPDATED May 4 with additional information regarding location tracking and limitations on the number of apps that can use the Apple-Google system. This story was originally published April 30. The smartphone-based contact-tracing system being developed by Apple and Google carries substantial privacy risks, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) said in a report last week.

How the NHS COVID-19 coronavirus contact tracing app will work
The UK government has developed a COVID-19 contact tracing app. Health Secretary Matt Hancock revealed that the National Health Service’s digital innovation branch, NHSX, was working on an app that will help track the spread of COVID-19. The app is simply called NHS COVID-19.

How Google and Apple’s updated Contact Tracing terms compare with Aarogya Setu
Google and Apple have updated their terms of service for their contact tracing API (Application Protocol Interface), which allows governments to develop contact tracing apps, to limit the scope of their data collection, following worldwide criticism of the surveillance threat that contact tracing can pose. What’s also interesting, from a tech-politics perspective, is that this means that Google and Apple are imposing their norms, on what governments can and cannot do with their API.

GENIE Is Connecting Older Adults With Loved Ones, Near And Far
Imagine an easy to use communications tool that helps connect seniors with loved ones. That is the goal of the GENIE project. “GENIE is a communications portal that allows older adults, specifically those who may struggle with using modern-day technology, to connect and socialize with family members,” said Justine Henry, manager of research services with the Centre for Innovation and Research in Aging (CIRA).

AuthenTrend provides FIDO2-certified biometric authentication for RSA SecurID Access
AuthenTrend has joined the RSA Ready Technology Partner Program to deliver FIDO2-certified and U2F-compliant fingerprint biometrics-enabled ATKey authentication for RSA SecurID Access to secure SaaS applications and traditional enterprise solutions, the company announced.

Coronavirus: The Bluetooth dangers you need to be aware of
With the Prime Minister making the government’s COVIDSafe app a prerequisite for lifting Australia’s coronavirus restrictions, more than three million people have downloaded it. That’s about half the target of 40 per cent of the population needed to make it effective. While we’ve been assured the app is safe and doesn’t track your movements, some Australians remain wary about the app’s security.

Google and Apple Reveal How Covid-19 Alert Apps Might Look
Finding out that you’ve been exposed to a serious disease through a push notification may still seem like something out of dystopian science fiction. But the ingredients for that exact scenario will be baked into Google and Apple’s operating system in as soon as a matter of days. Now the two companies have shown not only how it will work, but how it could look—and how it’ll let you know if you’re at risk.

The Privacy Challenges of Digital Contact Tracing- An Excerpt
Contact tracing and privacy issues: Is it worth the risk to expose our data to contain coronavirus infections? The data itself is quite sensitive and would be a choice prize for future attackers. Apple and Google will make use of smartphones for contact tracing while collecting minimal data from users. Many stores use Bluetooth Beacons which track shoppers’ locations and may share that info.

CHIP Shot: Will Project Connected Home Over IP Get Us Onto The IoT Green?
Last December, the Zigbee Alliance launched “Project Connected Home over IP” (CHIP) with the ambitious goal of enabling plug-and-play consumer IoT devices. Led by Amazon, Apple and Google, Project CHIP aims to deliver specs and open source code later this year. Now that the initial press and analyst coverage has settled down, Project CHIP deserves a closer look because large, high profile companies only join together around an audacious goal like this one if they actually believe they can achieve it.

Why the Retail Industry Needs IoT More Than Ever
While essential businesses have been fortunate enough to continue operating, the coronavirus pandemic has put extra strain on top of an already struggling retail industry. Even before the virus, the emergence of online shopping threatened the livelihood of business owners. Combined with the pandemic-level impact of the coronavirus, opportunities for business seem bleak.

How IoT Can Help Control Pandemic
One of the United Nations’ sustainable development goals is preparedness to combat the spread of infectious diseases. This goal has never been as relevant as it is now during the Covid-19 pandemic. Technology plays a major role in beating infectious diseases, and the IoT is an important part of our technology arsenal. Cost reduction, autonomous and remote caregiving and diagnosis, as well as newly available patient data are just a few of the ways that the IoT is transforming healthcare.

How IoT can help fight COVID-19 battle
The world is fighting with novel coronavirus, healthcare officials are working tirelessly to provide the best facilities to prevent citizens from infection and to save those who are already infected. In such a scenario, technology innovation are steadily making a difference to healthcare systems. Countries are mustering all resources at their disposal and deploying cutting-edge technology to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 and profile people at risk.

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