Weekly Bluetooth Industry Report [July 3, 2020]

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Bluetooth Low Energy sensor-based gym management platform allows facility operators to measure use of equipment and zones
Nordic Semiconductor today announces that technology startup D-Fetch has selected Nordic’s nRF52832 Bluetooth® Low Energy (Bluetooth LE) System-on-Chip (SoC), nRF52810 SoC, and nRF51822 SoC to provide the wireless connectivity for its ‘Gymplanner’ gym management platform. 

Bluetooth 5.2/Bluetooth LE module supports demanding long range Industrial IoT applications in harsh operating environments
Nordic Semiconductor today announces that Laird Connectivity, an Akron, Ohio-based wireless technology company, has selected Nordic’s nRF52833 Bluetooth® Low Energy (Bluetooth LE) advanced multiprotocol System-on-Chip (SoC) to provide the core processing and wireless connectivity for its ‘BL653 Series’ module. 

Phunware Announces Joint Venture with AnyPlace MD to Provide an End-to-End, Tech-Enabled Solution to COVID-19
Phunware, Inc. (the “Company”), a fully-integrated enterprise cloud platform for mobile that provides products, solutions, data and services for brands worldwide, announced today a joint venture with AnyPlace MD Box (“APMDBox”) to provide contact tracing, telehealth, COVID-19 testing and logistics support to government agencies and health systems.

Dev Kit Weekly: T.I. SimpleLink Multi-Band CC1352R Wireless MCU Launchpad SensorTag Kit
The Texas Instruments family of LaunchPad development platforms has been around for quite some time, and were some of the first kits available to really help IoT developers get off the ground quickly with wireless designs. Well, this latest sibling takes wireless engineering to a new heights, integrating the dual-band, multi-protocol CC1352R SimpleLink wireless MCU that supports both 2.4 GHz technologies like Bluetooth, Bluetooth 5 Low Energy, Zigbee, and Thread, as well as Sub-GHz connectivity.

Apple and BMW’s digital car key hints at the future of the iPhone
At WWDC this week, Apple unveiled one of the first uses of its U1 chips These chips, which utilise a wireless technology called ultra-wideband (UWB), are referred to by Apple as “GPS at the scale of your living room”. Or you could call it Bluetooth on steroids. Apple’s U1-chipped iPhones will now be able to serve as digital car keys to wirelessly unlock and start your car. NFC digital car keys are not new, Samsung has its own version, but they require you to get your phone out and physically tap the door to unlock.

Data privacy and safety: How secure are contact tracing Covid-19 apps?
There has been a surge in the number of coronavirus contact-tracing mobile apps worldwide. These are backed by various governments and national health authorities. Special protocols have also been developed by the two major smartphone OS vendors Apple and Google, along with the guidelines by EU. The higher adoption rate of such apps has raised many questions around the privacy of individuals’ data that the app may access, and the potential abuse of such systems.

MCUs offer Bluetooth 5.0, CAN FD
A trio of wireless MCUs from NXP, the KW39, KW38, and KW37, add Bluetooth 5.0 long-range capabilities and robust serial communications. The 32-bit MCUs allow Bluetooth LE devices to communicate at distances of more than a mile in a wide variety of automotive and industrial applications. Integrating a generic FSK radio, the devices achieve receive sensitivity of -105 dBm with an LE-coded 125-kbps data rate to permit connections in harsh environments and at extended distances.

Camden Door Controls’ CV-7600 Series Bluetooth-Enabled Card Reader
Camden Door Controls, a leading provider of door activation, control and locking products, is pleased to bring to market a mobile-ready reader based on RFID technology that combines Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and contactless smart card technologies. In operation, it’s capable of reading data stored on a contactless smartcard credential via high frequency. In addition, it can also read data from a mobile credential stored in a smartphone’s wallet app via BLE technology—without physical contact – and then pass the data obtained to the physical access control system.

NavCog: Indoor Mobile Navigation for the Visually Impaired
IBM Research worked in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University, Robotics Institute, and Shimizu Corporation to create a mobile navigation app called NavCog. It is an iPhone app designed to help people with different visual disabilities. The app gives directions for people to navigate indoors, especially if it’s an unfamiliar area. It was first launched in 2017 and has gotten many improvements since.

Telit Launches Low-Cost, High-Security, Low-Power IoT Module with Fully Integrated 802.11n and Bluetooth Low Energy
 Telit, a global enabler of the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced the WE310F5, a fully integrated, single-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE5) module that provides high-speed wireless connectivity to an embedded microcontroller over UART, SPI and SDIO interfaces. The new module is the latest example of how Telit continually expands its module portfolio to anticipate the evolving needs of applications such as industrial automation, energy management, smart homes, video surveillance, building automation and more. For more information, visit https://contact.telit.com/iot-wifi-modules.

NYC grocers adopt new technology to enhance social distancing
Two supermarkets in Manhattan are using a solution that combines indoor GPS with mobile checkout to minimize shopping time and reduce social interactions. Westside Market (Broadway and 98th St.) and Fairway Market (240 East 86th St) have implemented SIRL’s (“Search in Real Life”) technology, which navigates shoppers to within inches of their desired products. The tool has been combined with FutureProof Retail, which enables customers to scan items and checkout on their mobile phones. 

Bluetooth Low Energy tracking device helps users find their missing keys and personal items
Nordic Semiconductor today announces that Beijing, China-based wearable electronics firm Beijing Zizai Technology Co., Ltd. has released a range of wireless trackers featuring Nordic’s nRF52810 Bluetooth® Low Energy (Bluetooth LE) System-on-Chip (SoC), that helps users prevent the loss of personal items.

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