Weekly Bluetooth Industry Report [July 24, 2020]

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BluBLE: Estimating your COVID-19 risk with accurate contact tracing
Motivated by the prospect of creating protective, social-distancing “bubbles” around members of the public, researchers in the UC San Diego Wireless Communications Sensing and Networking Laboratory are developing BluBLE, a new app for contact tracing during the COVID-19 pandemic. BluBLE employs ubiquitous Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology and personalized algorithms to ensure intelligent and accurate contact tracing. The app aims to provide each user with a personalized risk score by considering their various social and physical interactions.

ST Buys Two Companies to Add UWB and Cellular IoT to MCUs
STMicroelectronics today announced two separate deals, one to acquire ultra-wideband (UWB) technology specialist BeSpoon and the other to buy the assets of Riot Micro, which was developing cellular Internet of things (IoT) connectivity. With the acquisitions, ST aims to strengthen its wireless connectivity capabilities, especially in support of its STM32 microcontrollers and secure MCUs.

Meet SmartBug an all-in-one sensor module for commercial and consumer IoT
TDK Corp. has introduced the InvenSense SmartBug, a wireless multi-sensor solution designed for commercial and consumer internet of things (IoT) applications. The all-in-one sensor module integrates a six-axis inertial measurement unit (IMU) with magnetometer, pressure, temperature, humidity and ultrasonic sensors as well as precision algorithms such as HVAC filter monitoring, asset monitoring, gesture detection, activity classification, air mouse monitoring and smart door open/close detection.

Bluetooth LE and Ultra-Wideband wearable tag helps people maintain social distancing during Covid-19 pandemic
Nordic Semiconductor today announces that Sophia Antipolis, France-based Insight SiP, a designer and manufacturer of ultra-miniaturized electronic components, has launched a wearable tag designed to help people maintain social distancing during the Covid-19 pandemic. The ‘Security Bubble Covid-19’ device employs Insight SiP’s ‘ISP3010’ Bluetooth® Low Energy (Bluetooth LE) and Ultra-Wideband (UWB) smart module, featuring Nordic’s nRF52832 System-on-Chip (SoC).

Bluetooth 5.2/Bluetooth LE ECG monitor detects 17 types of heart arrythmia in ‘real time’
Nordic Semiconductor today announces that Korea-based digital healthcare solutions manufacturer, MEZOO, has selected Nordic’s nRF52832 Bluetooth® 5.2/Bluetooth Low Energy (Bluetooth LE) multiprotocol System-on-Chip (SoC) to provide the wireless connectivity for its ‘HiCardi’ wearable electrocardiogram (ECG) monitoring system.

Bluetooth Reconnection Flaw Could Lead to Spoofing Attacks
A group of researchers at Purdue University’s Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS) recently discovered a vulnerability that affects the many IoT devices running Bluetooth. Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) is the most widely utilized low-energy communication protocol for mobile and IoT devices. Sales of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) devices are forecasted to triple by 2023 to 1.6 billion annual shipments, according to market advisory firm ABI.

Murata’s Bluetooth module with VitaNet Suite enables cloud-centric IoT device
Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. has completed compatibility verification of the MCU*1 embedded Bluetooth Module (MBN52832) with VitaNet Suite, the secure IoT platform that VitaNet, Inc. will begin offering in July 2020. The industrial IoT, also known as Industry 4.0, has been grappling with the challenge of dramatically improving productivity. In the post COVID-19 world more than ever, cloud-based remote and secure control over industrial IoT without the need for a highly trained workforce has become a must.

ON Semiconductor Provides Secure End-to-End Bluetooth® Low Energy Solution Using Veridify Technology
ON Semiconductor, driving energy efficient innovations, today announced the immediate availability of Veridify ’s Public Key security tools for the RSL10, the industry’s lowest power Flash-based Bluetooth® Low Energy radio System on Chip (SoC). Veridify Security’s tools are available in a CMSIS-Pack, giving developers a familiar and fast implementation path to protect their RSL10 solutions with critical security features including device-to-device authentication, data protection, and secure firmware updates.

Xicato Announces Partnership with Leading Sales Agency in the District of Columbia Region
Xicato, the leading provider of Bluetooth smart building wireless controls and highest quality spot and linear light sources, today announced a partnership with District Lighting Group, a manufacturers’ representative firm, to promote and sell the broad Xicato portfolio of lighting and controls products. District Lighting Group serve customers in the trade areas of Maryland, Northern Virginia, the District of Columbia and Delaware representing highly regarded manufacturers in the lighting industry.

Bluetooth contact tracing apps built with Google and Apple’s APIs still collect Android users’ location data
Despite very public messaging that the Bluetooth contact-tracing tools for COVID-19 developed by Google and Apple would not track users’ locations, its implementation within Android operating systems still collects GPS data that Google could use to determine the user’s location, The New York Times reports. The issue is driven by the operating system’s device location setting, which must be enabled for the system to scan for other devices using Bluetooth. This requirement has been in place since 2015, because some apps will use Bluetooth as a means of understanding the user’s location, according to a Google representative who spoke to the Times.

Extend the Power of IoT Solutions with BLE Mesh Network
The market of Bluetooth low energy was estimated at $4.77 billion in the year 2019 and anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 19.7% during 2020-2024. This indicates that the popularity of BLE is growing rapidly among the other wireless communication protocols in the IoT domain. BLE was capable of one-to-one and one-to-many topology applications with limited range coverage till July 2017. With the addition of mesh topology in July 2017, the BLE applications are further extended to many-to-many topology for industries where wide range of power-efficient sensor networks are required.

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