Weekly Bluetooth Industry Report [July 10, 2020]

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Bluetooth Low Energy-powered kit converts standard bicycles to e-bikes
Nordic Semiconductor today announces that Unlimited, a Barcelona, Spain-based recreational electric vehicle developer, has selected Nordic’s nRF52832 Bluetooth® Low Energy (Bluetooth LE) System-on-Chip (SoC) to provide the wireless connectivity for its ‘Unlimited eBike Kit’. The kit enables a user to convert any bicycle into an electric bike (‘eBike’) in a few minutes.

Bluetooth Enhances EV and Hybrid Battery-Management Systems
Modern hybrids and full electrical vehicles (EVs) use a lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery for power. These batteries are known for providing the most energy per size and weight. While physical attributes like size and weight are important, the electrical characteristics are what determines the effectiveness of the battery. Of serious importance is the fact that Li-ion batteries are sensitive and high maintenance. If not used or treated correctly, they can be dangerous as they catch fire and otherwise cause damage.

CPG, Meet Iot: How Connected Everything Could Transform The Industry
Data-driven coolers to manage beer shipments more effectively. Water bottles that gauge hydration. Sensor-equipped packaging that tracks inventory and makes sense of unwieldy supply chains. Whether the applications are directly marketed to consumers or come to fruition behind the scenes, the potential use cases for IoT in the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry are many. If IoT can make our cars, cities and even garage doors smarter, what are the implications for the snacks we nibble, coffee we sip and the beer over which we unwind?

BlueNRG-2 Development Kit from STMicroelectronics Reveals Bluetooth 5.0 Performance and Efficiency
The STMicroelectronic’s STEVAL-IDB008V1M Bluetooth Low Energy 5.0 (BLE) evaluation platform  is designed to accelerate application development with modules, featuring BlueNRG-2, the company’s second-generation BLE System-on-Chip (SoC). BlueNRG-2 contains an Arm Cortex-M0 core operating at up to 32MHz to handle the Bluetooth stack and application processing, and integrates new features including a 32kHz ring oscillator, 24KB RAM and 256KB Flash program memory.

Apps to prevent the second wave of the Coronavirus, Japan already has its own
Searching for ways to help the world’s governments and health agencies reduce the spread of the virus, Google and Apple announced in early April the creation of a system to track the expansion of COVID-19. A system that allows users to share data through BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) transmissions and official apps from public health organizations like the WHO. And always “fully respecting the privacy and security of users.”

Abbott Receives FDA Approval for New Heart Rhythm Devices Featuring Bluetooth Connectivity and Continuous Remote Monitoring
Abbott today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the company’s next-generation Gallant™ implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) and cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillator (CRT-D) devices. The devices bring new benefits to patients with heart rhythm disorders, including a patient-preferred design without compromising battery longevity and MRI compatibility.  In addition, the new devices offer Bluetooth technology and a new patient smartphone app for improved remote monitoring, allowing for increased patient/physician engagement and streamlined communications.

How has Bluetooth Technology Improved over Time
Bluetooth technology has now quite a role to play in our daily lives. Most portable gadgets we have these days come with this patent technology that allows us to send and receive video, audio, and data files. Our modern mobile phones, headphones, smartwatches, and various other devices are equipped with Bluetooth providing extra utility to the users.

Radio frequency: An airborne threat to corporate and government networks
As the government is committed to securing the nation from cyberattacks and as enterprises proactively protect their corporation from cybercriminals, there looms a silent and stealthy threat: radio frequency (RF) espionage. The threat of RF attacks to our nation and to the enterprise has never been greater with devices running on various networks across the wireless spectrum. These devices present major risks because wireless communications are a blind spot.

IoT technologies helping businesses adapt to new normal
The Covid-19 pandemic has changed every human beings’ behaviour and people are looking at smart solutions in different view as the world is going through the worst health crisis in modern human history. Coronavirus has spread across the world like a wildfire taking down businesses, locking down countries, and affecting the day to day lives of human beings. The entire hospitality industry has lost more than 70% of the business and millions have lost their jobs. 49 million people across the world could be pushed into extreme poverty.

Nedap’s NVITE Enables Easy Vehicle Gate Access for Diverse User Groups
Nedap adds the multiple technology reader NVITE to their long-range identification product portfolio, for contactless driver identification. As a leading 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.

Synaptics to Acquire Rights to Broadcom’s Wireless IoT Connectivity Business
Synaptics® Incorporated today announced the signing of definitive agreements under which Synaptics will acquire certain assets and manufacturing rights associated with the wireless IoT business of Broadcom (Nasdaq: AVGO) for approximately $250 million in an all-cash transaction. Under the terms of the agreements, Synaptics will acquire certain rights to Broadcom’s existing Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS/GNSS products and business in the IoT market as well as future roadmap devices designed in advanced process nodes. The acquisition further strengthens and accelerates Synaptics’ position in the fast-growing consumer IoT market.

Hospital Wayfinding: The Next Frontier in Healthcare Design
Healthcare facilities and their sprawling campuses can be overwhelming and challenging to navigate. In fact, facilities lose close to $800 million a year due to missed hospital appointments, and many physicians blame a significant portion of this lost revenue on the problems patients have navigating these facilities. Figuring out where to park and finding the correct office can be stressful and negatively impact the patient’s experience. Making matters worse, most hospital staff members work in the same unit day in and day out.

Nextent Tag: First Use of ST’s Physical Distancing SDK or How Bluetooth LE Fights COVID-19
ST has released a new SDK that gauges the physical distance between two Bluetooth low energy modules, and is announcing its first use in the fight against pandemics. Indeed, the inaugural product is the Nextent Tag by Inocess, a wearable that vibrates if it detects that another tag is only two meters away or less, which would mean that two persons are closer than the guideline established to protect against the spread of viruses. Inocess, a French company and member of the ST Partner Program, is targeting corporations looking to create a smart badge or live events where organizers wish to track attendees.

Bluetooth 5.2/Bluetooth LE SiP module designed for OEMs of ultra-compact wearables and medical devices
Nordic Semiconductor today announces that Tangshan, China-based Tangshan Hongjia Electronic Technology Co., Ltd, 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 ‘HJ-840’ ultra-compact System-in-Package (SiP) module.

Chicago office building constructed with coronavirus-fighting features
When it opens later this summer, a $26 million Chicago office building will be one of the first in the country to boast features designed to address COVID-19 safety concerns. The 90,000-square-foot Fulton East, which was under construction when the outbreak hit, has been engineered for maximum social distancing, touch-free operation and air and surface sanitization.

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