Weekly Bluetooth Industry Report [June 19, 2020]

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Nordic nRF52805 adds Bluetooth 5.2 SoC in WLCSP optimized for compact, two-layer PCB wireless products to proven nRF52 Series
Nordic Semiconductor today announces the nRF52805 Bluetooth 5.2 System-on-Chip (SoC), the seventh addition to its popular and proven nRF52 Series. The nRF52805 is an ultra low power Bluetooth® Low Energy (Bluetooth LE) SoC supplied in a wafer level chip scale package (WLCSP) measuring just 2.48 x 2.46mm.

Mobile and touchless access products a necessity in the new era
The coronavirus has drastically changed personal and professional views and expectations about cleanliness in buildings and high traffic environments. Convenient, reliable and safe for both the properties and visitors, dormakaba’s Mobile Access Solutions and Touchless Access Solutions are excellent choices to reduce hand-to-door contact in high contact public areas such as healthcare facilities, restaurants, schools, offices and restrooms.

Coronavirus tracing apps could be used by hackers to access your personal data, report says
Cybercriminals could trace your device or access sensitive personal data through contact-tracing apps built for the coronavirus pandemic, a new report says. In a report released Thursday, cybersecurity firm Check Point noted that U.S. developers are working on contact tracing apps that measure Bluetooth signal strength to detect the distance between device users. The basic idea is, if two devices are close enough, within 6 feet, an infected user could potentially transmit the virus.

NBA restart plan includes using Oura rings to catch COVID-19 symptoms
While the NBA continues to move toward restarting its season with players and other personnel isolated at Walt Disney World in Orlando, details of how it hopes to manage the people on site are leaking out. According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the specifics were laid out in an informational memo dubbed “Life inside the Bubble,” that described testing plans, quarantine protocols and more.

What Proximity Detection For Contact Tracing Apps Is Going To Look Like In 2021
Ok, so contact tracing apps are a real mess. Rather than writing any more about why this is the case, I’m going to write something a bit more positive – what the carnage we are wading through right now will mean for the designs of our smartphones, and our contact tracing needs in a year’s time. If vaccines are not effective, or if Covid-19 mutates as rapidly as its cousin the common cold, then we will still be socially-distancing in 2021, and we will still need contact tracing. So how can we build better tools for these tasks?

Ultrasonic for Social Distancing Tags
Ultrasonic sensors might just be the wireless technology best suited to enabling contact tracing and social distancing. It does so “more accurately, reliably and much more power- and cost-efficiently,” claimed Joseph Bousaba, president of Chirp Microsystems, a TDK group company, in an interview with EE Times.

BlueNRG-2 Development Kit from STMicroelectronics Unleashes Bluetooth® 5.0 Performance and Efficiency
The STMicroelectronics STEVAL-IDB008V1M Bluetooth® Low Energy 5.0 (BLE) evaluation platform accelerates application development with modules featuring BlueNRG-2, the Company’s second-generation BLE System-on-Chip (SoC). BlueNRG-2 supports the Bluetooth 5.0 certification, which allows enhanced security with LE Secure Connections, power-efficient privacy with Link Layer Privacy 1.2, and up to 2.6-times higher throughput with LE Data Length Extension.

Do We Really Need Another IoT Gateway?
As the Internet of Things expands, companies find themselves faced with the challenge of integrating a multitude of devices and protocols, with varying power and connectivity requirements. IoT Gateways are vital components in establishing a robust IoT environment and for achieving computational power in edge computing.

Group aims to link location-tracking technologies
A global group of 60 industrial companies, led by the machine-tool maker Trumpf, and including Sick and Pepperl+Fuchs as members, is drawing up a new positioning technology standard for tracking items including AGVs and drones. The consortium, called Omlox, had planned to unveil the technology at the 2020 Hannover Fair but, following the event’s cancellation, it is holding an online launch from 29 June to 2 July instead.

Laird Connectivity and Cypress launch Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5 module for industrial IoT
Laird Connectivity has announced the upcoming Sterling-LWB5+ Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) and Bluetooth 5.1 module. Powered by CYW4373E silicon from Cypress, an Infineon Technologies company, the Sterling-LWB5+ is purpose-built for industrial Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity through a secure, reliable, and robust feature set.

Bluetooth Development Board Goes The Distance
Have you ever come across an interesting chip or component that you wanted to experiment with, only to find that there doesn’t seem to be a development board for it? Spinning up your own board is a lot easier today than it has been in the past, but it’s still a bit of a hassle to do it just for your own personal use. This is why [Nikolaj Andersson Nielsen] has decided to release RFCat, his custom long-range Bluetooth development board, onto the community.

Nordic Semi nRF52 WiSoCs are Susceptible to Debug Resurrection using APProtect Bypass
Nordic Semi nRF52 are popular wireless Cortex-M4 SoCs with Bluetooth 5.0 and 802.15.4 radios. APProtect (Access Port Protection) is a new security feature of nRF52 MCUs designed to enable readback protection and disable the debug interface. This is supposed to prevent an attacker to obtain a copy of the firmware that would allow him/her to start the reverse engineering process or access some sensitive data such as keys and passwords.

Wireless Access Point Router For High-Speed Connections & Increased Efficiency
The Tech Launcher’s Leading Wi-Fi technology company Aruba has launched its new Wireless Access Point router for medium device density environments. What Wireless Access Point cisco is best for home. The Tech Launcher’s Aruba has announced the launch of its newest product, a 1.20 Gbit-s Wireless Access Point (WAP/AP). This Wireless Access Point can be procured at an affordable cost and used to deliver advanced performance in medium-density environments.

AI-Based Location Positioning System for Private Contact Tracing
An AI(artificial intelligence)-based location positioning system that was being piloted in schools for emergency situations is now a viable option for businesses, schools and other entities for contact tracing and emergency communication. The technology works via a mesh network that is set up in a building or in classrooms, and employees or students can be tracked by fobs, such as the badges that employees and students often have now.

Why coronavirus contact tracing apps face privacy and security challenges
Contact tracing apps have been employed in several countries as one way to try to stem the spread of COVID-19. Such apps work by identifying users who’ve tested positive for the virus, prompting them to share that information, locating people with whom they’ve been in close contact, and then notifying those people.

Combo Wi-Fi & BLE module delivers IoT connectivity
DIALOG SEMICONDUCTOR DA16600 module combines firm’s Wi-Fi and BLE capabilities into a single solution. The two-in-one module is comprised of two SoCs, including the DA16200 and SmartBond TINY DA14531, to provide best-in-class, low-power Wi-Fi and BLE. Device was purpose built for battery-powered IoT applications, including connected door locks, thermostats, security cameras and other devices that require an ‘always on’ Wi-Fi connection, but may be only used sporadically.

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