Weekly Bluetooth Industry Report [August 14, 2020]

Motorola Bluetooth LE smart sensor enables live monitoring of a baby’s vital signs
Nordic Semiconductor today announces that Hubble Connected, a Sheung Wan, Hong Kong-based electronics company, has selected Nordic’s nRF52832 Bluetooth® Low Energy (Bluetooth LE) System-on-Chip (SoC) to provide the wireless connectivity for its ‘Motorola Comfort Cloud MBP89SN smart sensor strip’.

Rugged Bluetooth LE beacon tracks staff and assets across industrial worksites
Nordic Semiconductor today announces that ELA Innovation, a Montpellier, France-based developer of wireless sensors and beacons, has selected Nordic’s nRF52832 Bluetooth® Low Energy (Bluetooth LE) System-on-Chip (SoC) to provide the wireless connectivity for its ‘Blue Lite ID’ beacon. The beacon is designed for a wide range of applications, including locating and identifying staff and equipment on industrial worksites.

Mobile Programming LLC Launches COVID-19 Contact Tracing Application to Keep Employees Safe
Utilizing Bluetooth Low Energy (“BLE”) technology, Mobile Programming LLC has developed a COVID-19 Contact Tracing Application to help organizations get back to work safely, while addressing COVID-19 health and safety concerns. Because COVID-19 is transmitted through close proximity to affected individuals, Public Health officials have identified Contact Tracing as an indispensable tool to contain the spread.

Northam announces launch of COVIDWISE, app monitoring one’s COVID-19 exposure
Gov. Ralph Northam announced Wednesday the launch of COVIDWISE, a new app that alerts users to possible exposure to the COVID-19 virus. The launch of COVIDWISE makes Virginia the first state in the country to design an app using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). Unlike most popular apps, apps using BLE do not rely on personal information or location data, according to a press release from the governor.

GeoComply Technology Allows DraftKings Illinois Customers to Enroll from Casino Parking Lot
When DraftKings launched its mobile sports betting product in Illinois earlier this week, some raised concerns about visiting a casino during a pandemic in order to register. However, thanks to a technology vendor, customers can sign up for mobile anywhere at the DraftKings at Casino Queen property. On Friday, GeoComply announced that DraftKings was using its PinPoint technology at the East St. Louis, Ill. casino to guarantee on-premise registration.

BLESA: Spoofing Attacks against Reconnections in Bluetooth Low Energy
The Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) protocol ubiquitously enables energy-efficient wireless communication among resource-constrained devices. To ease its adoption, BLE requires limited or no user interaction to establish a connection between two devices. Unfortunately, this simplicity is the root cause of several security issues.

Smart locks may not be as smart as you hope
When it comes to smart lock security, users often worry that a hacker could bypass a device’s built-in security to gain access to their home. However, Bitdefender has discovered a new vulnerability in the August Smart Lock Pro + Connect which could give a hacker full access to a user’s entire Wi-Fi network. PCMag has partnered with Bitdefender’s IoT security team to gain insights into the security flaws that affect smart home devices and the news outlet has released a new report on the matter while the security firm has published a white paper titled “Cracking the August SmartLock: WiFi Password Eavesdropping Made Easy”.

SDKs finetune BLE SoCs for contact-tracing, social-distancing designs
While Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) solutions are finding a way into a variety of products to help slow the spread of COVID-19, the current technology for distance measurement and positioning—received signal strength indicator (RSSI) technology—is based on measuring the strength or power of the received radio signal. However, that is inherently flawed due to the sensitivity of objects in the radio path blocking or reflecting the radio signals.

Gowin Semiconductor Adds Korea Certification For Their Bluetooth Low Energy Enabled MSoC FPGA Modules
GOWIN Semiconductor Corp., the world’s fastest-growing programmable logic company, obtains certification for their GW1NRF-4 µSoC FPGA BLE module for Korea enabling developers with quick and easy end-product integration. GOWIN Semiconductor is the only company to date providing an FPGA with integrated Bluetooth Low Energy Radio transceiver. The GW1NRF-4 delivers a new generation of wireless product capabilities for product developers by providing 4.6k LUT FPGA, a 32-bit power-optimized ARC processor and a Bluetooth Low Energy radio within a small 6x6mm QFN package.

HID Global Pilot Program Demonstrates Social Distancing and Contact Tracing
If one employee stands less than six feet away from another employee, a fob attached to a lanyard around his or her neck emits an auditory beep – an immediate reminder to observe social distancing. If an employee were to be diagnosed with COVID-19, a cloud-based database provides a record of who at the company the sick employee had contact with. These capabilities of HID Location Services ensure social distancing and provide contact tracing to enable companies to return to work safely. They have been deployed in a pilot program at HID Global’s Corporate Headquarters in Austin, Texas.

IoT boost with 400nA BLE mesh module
Renesas Electronics Corporation is sampling its latest RYZ012 Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) mesh module for ultra-low-power IoT applications. The company’s first Bluetooth Low Energy 5 module, the RYZ012, integrates a 2.4 GHz RF transceiver supporting the IEEE802.15.4 multi-standard wireless protocol, Bluetooth Low Energy (LE), Bluetooth LE Mesh, and ZigBee. The RYZ012 features a power draw of only 0.4 µA during deep sleep (without SRAM retention) allowing customers to extend battery life. It also includes a battery monitor to measure battery capacity and detect low power in battery-operated devices.

COVIDWISE exposure notification app ready for Virginia residents
COVID continues to hurt people everywhere. Around the world, governments, businesses, brands, and firms are struggling to survive. In some regions, they are almost back to normal. In some countries, it seems to be getting worse. There is still a call to stop the spread and to be honest, we don’t know when this pandemic situation will be over. As brands think of ways how to cope with reality, there are also groups working to help in any way they can.

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