Weekly Bluetooth Industry Report [June 12, 2020]

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Dev Kit Weekly: Microchip AVR-BLE Development Board
In this edition of Dev Kit Weekly, Perry breaks down the AVR-BLE Development Board from Microchip Technology. The board sits at the sweet spot of IoT connectivity, security, and ultra-low power. It’s so low power, that users can run it off a single coin cell battery, which as it happens, the user could mount in this CR2032 holder on the back side of the module.

Volan Technology Launches First AI-Based Location Positioning System with Contract Tracing, Social Distancing and Temperature Tracking to Help Schools and Workplaces Safely Reopen
Volan Technology, providers of the only AI-based location positioning system that can dramatically improve workplace safety, announced today the official launch of its Volan Positioning System (VPS). As offices and schools around the country plan to reopen, the Volan system offers the only private location tracking and geo-fencing option available that provides precise and fast contact tracing solution combined with emergency response capabilities.

Bluetooth LE wireless monitor enables continuous oral health management
Nordic Semiconductor today announces that Cambridge, MA-based health tech company Lura Health has employed Nordic’s Bluetooth® Low Energy (Bluetooth LE) nRF52810 Wafer Level Chip Scale Package (WL-CSP) System-on-Chip (SoC) in its ‘M1000’ tooth sensor. The sensor is part of the company’s ‘Lura Health Oral pH Monitoring System’ that enables both dentists and their patients to continuously monitor saliva pH levels and work together to create personalized oral health strategies.

Zebra’s BLE Proximity Solution Offers Distancing for Enterprises
Zebra Technologies has released its new MotionWorks Proximity solution, which employs Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), a Wi-Fi connection and its cloud-based Savanna software platform to enable proximity sensing, alerting and contact tracing for work sites. For companies that deploy the solution, including manufacturing, warehousing, transportation and healthcare businesses, that means their existing Zebra devices could help to ensure social distancing and contract tracing.

Why Fleet Managers Need Mobile IoT Asset Tracking
Not long ago, local grocery stores were lined with empty shelves. Toilet paper and hand sanitizer shortages gripped headlines from California to New York. In the throes of the COVID-19 era, demand for basic goods had so abruptly shifted that transportation and logistics companies were forced to react at breakneck speed to the unprecedented surge, all while maintaining worker safety.

ST moots ways to use Bluetooth wearables for social distancing
STMicroelectronics has released a paper describing ways to combine Bluetooth LE, accelerometers and sub-GHz Sigfox comms in a wearable social distancing node, designed to work with similar nodes. It uses non-connecting Bluetooth modes, measuring signal strength to estimate the proximity of similar devices in real time – acting on three adjustable  virtual ranges: safe (>3m), pre-alert (3m) and alert (2m).

Kolkata’s ritzy mall Quest sets new safety standards with a dedicated  app
To make your shopping a complete contactless experience, from parking your car to your exit point, the city’s elite mall, Quest has a complete solution to your COVID-19 woes through their new Quest App. Now visitors can avail of the automated parking solution integrated into the App through which they can pay their parking tariff online.

Automated contact tracing is not ready for future pandemics
While governments scramble to get ahead of the Coronavirus, their plea for solutions to automate the labored manual contact tracing practices has ignited a slew of technologies. When Google and Apple announced they would join forces to enable an exposure notification API so app designers could build contact tracing solutions across both mobile networks, the response from the tech community was swift. 

Tiny ARM M4F module with Bluetooth 5.2, Thread, Zigbee and 46 I/O
Developers, makers and hobbyists searching for a tiny ARM M4F module with Bluetooth 5.2, Thread, Zigbee and 46 I/O, may be interested in the BLYST840created by the development team at by I-SYST inc. The BLYST840 modules are designed so that no extra PCB space or any external components are required on your application board, to benefit from all the functionality of the nRF52840.

Organisations specify standardised Bluetooth mesh interface
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) and the DiiA is collaborating to accelerate the adoption of IoT-enabled commercial lighting systems. The collaboration facilitates the deployment of certified DALI-2 devices and intelligent D4i luminaires, with qualified Bluetooth mesh intelligent lighting-control networks. This collaboration brings together these two leading and complementary IoT standards for commercial lighting.

Workplaces are turning to devices to monitor social distancing, but does the tech respect privacy?
As we emerge from the coronavirus lockdown, those of us who still have a workplace may not recognize it. Businesses, eager to limit liability for employees and customers, are considering a variety of emerging technologies for limiting pandemic spread. These technologies can be loosely divided into two types: one based on cellphone technologies and the other using wearable devices like electronic bracelets and watches.

Car Connectivity Consortium Announces Digital Key 2.0 Specification
The Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC) has announced its Digital Key Release 2.0 specification. This will provide a standardized ecosystem allowing mobile devices to store, authenticate and share digital keys for vehicles in a secure way that preserves privacy and works anywhere. Digital key technology is based on Near Field Communication (NFC), a type of radio frequency identification (RFID).

InPlay to Release Low-Cost SoC for Simple BLE Deployments
Some companies that might benefit from an active RFID or Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology deployment cannot afford the cost of hiring developers or programmers to build them a solution, or the expense of acquiring the necessary tags, readers and gateway hardware. The founders of semiconductor company InPlay say they have developed a solution in the form of their NanoBeacon (IN100) system-on-chip (SoC) for BLE that is intended to be easy to configure and low-cost, and to require a low amount of energy.

BLE, WiFi and Cortex M3 in IoT MCU
InnoPhase incorporated the Talaria TWO SoC into the INP1010 and INP1011 modules to provide Wi-Fi and BLE, an Arm Cortex-M3 for system control and user applications, plus security elements. The modules can operate in stand-alone mode, in conjunction with an external MCU or in a hybrid mode where the system control and processing responsibilities are shared between the module and an external MCU.

Tracking contacts could become a regular part of office life. This is how it will work
“Employers are trying to understand how they reopen, and it will vary across different companies,” said Todd Lohr, director and leader of digital empowerment at KPMG. “They consider contact tracking as one of the elements of how it can be managed to get people back in a safe and measured way.”

Data Communications and Flow: Focus on What You Need
When visualizing a new IoT application; carefully consider not what data flows you want, but what data flows your application needs to be successful. Data flows are one of the key constraints in the design of any IoT application. Data flows drive not just communications cost, but also indirectly control communication technology selection, power needs, and the actual paradigm of an application’s functionality. As you begin visualizing your new IoT application, think carefully about the data and communication patterns that support your planned features.

Infosys Launches ‘Return to Workplace’ Solutions to Help Enterprises Build Safe, Nurturing and Resilient Workplaces
Infosys, the global leader in next-generation digital services and consulting, today announced the launch of its enterprise-grade ‘Return to Workplace’ solutions to help clients ensure safety and wellness of their employees as they adapt to new ways of working amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Aruba Networks’ Keerti Melkote: The Edge Is The ‘Exact Opposite’ Of The Cloud
The cloud is essentially a centralized data center while the edge of the network can be many things, including stadiums, factory floors or the workplace. The network edge and the data found at the edge, according to Keerti Melkote, founder and president of Aruba Networks, is where the most powerful opportunities lie for businesses and channel partners.

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