Weekly Bluetooth Industry Report [Feb 21, 2020]

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Bluetooth LE devices impacted by SweynTooth vulnerabilities
A team of academics from Singapore has published this week a research paper detailing a collection of vulnerabilities named SweynTooth that impact devices running the Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) protocol. More specifically, the SweynTooth vulnerabilities impact the software development kits (SDKs) responsible for supporting BLE communications.

Bluetera II open source development board created for motion-based IoT applications
Bluetera II is an open hardware IoT solution powered by 9-axis motion sensors, an MCU with support for BLE 5.0, and an SDK based on Google’s Protocol Buffer technology. The small development board will be soon available to purchase via the Crowd Supply website. Offering a full stack development board using protocol buffers for motion-based IoT applications and has been created to fill the gap for an open source platform that satisfies the following requirements :

New 2.4GHz Range Extender at Rutronik improves range and battery life
The 2.4GHz RF front end module (FEM) nRF21540 from Nordic Semiconductor is a “plug and play” range extender that improves range and connection robustness, when combined with the multiprotocol wireless SoCs of nRF52 and nRF53 Series or other radios. It requires just a minimal amount of external components. The nRF21540 is available at www.rutronik24.com.

Imagination announces new iEB110 Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) v5.2 IP
Imagination Technologies announces its latest Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) IP, supporting the latest Bluetooth SIG version 5.2 specification. iEB110 is a complete BLE solution, including RF, controller software and Bluetooth Low Energy host stack. By providing a complete solution using the popular open-source Zephyr and Cordio host stacks together with a rich set of profiles, companies wanting to integrate BLE IP into their solution can take advantage of reduced integration and development costs, resulting in a quicker time to market.

Rohde & Schwarz Adds Bluetooth Low-energy Test Mode to Popular Connectivity Testers
With many wireless technologies available to designers, it can be difficult to choose the right protocol for an IoT-geared design. Rohde & Schwarz is aiming to simplify the testing process for BLE devices with a new Bluetooth low-energy test mode or BLE 5.0, based on the CMW platform, that allows developers to “perform all RF and pre-conformance tests on their Bluetooth LE components via the air interface (OTA).” In this article, we will look at the Rohde & Schwarz CMW platform connectivity tester and why a device like this could be useful for developing your next Bluetooth LE product. 

This app lets you see IoT devices around you and what data they’re taking
A new app launched this week will let you know what internet of things technologies are operating around you and what data they are collecting. The Internet of Things Assistant app and its infrastructure, created by Carnegie Mellon researchers, aims to give you more control over the devices tracking your activity and information.

Carriers Abandon 9-1-1 Database Designed to Improve Location Accuracy
Wireless carriers abandoned the National Emergency Address Database (NEAD), the platform designed to support wireless providers’ provision of dispatchable location information to 9-1-1 centers, according to a letter filed with the FCC Feb. 14. In the letter, NEAD LLC said it “has ceased operation and is no longer available to support wireless providers’ provision of dispatchable location information as the commission described in the fourth report and order on wireless 9-1-1 location accuracy.”

Mizzou considers attendance tracking with SpotterEDU pilot
Attendance tracking solutions are growing in popularity in recent years and the trend has seen a number of new entries in the higher education space. Among the newer attendance solutions is a mobile app called SpotterEDU, which has added some 30 universities to its client list, including most recently the University of Missouri. According to an official university release, Mizzou is conducting a pilot of the SpotterEDU app in approximately 20 courses this semester. Participation in the pilot is completely optional, and has been offered to fewer than 2% of the Mizzou student population.

What Does it Mean to Live Off-grid?
There are few places left in the world where someone isn’t keeping an eye on what you are doing. When you browse the internet, swipe a credit card or do anything that’s connected to a digital system, your activity is being logged somewhere. Even when that data capture seems innocent, future governments or organizations that have access to that information can use it against your retroactively.

AR Indoor Navigation Technology Connects Retailers With Shoppers
Technology drives innovation, and for most retail companies, the “Transform or Die” motto still rings true. Retailers are always experimenting with the latest tech innovations to reshape the customer experience to alter their expectations both in physical stores and online. But simply following every hot trend in the industry because of the fear of missing out (FOMO) is one of the most common mistakes retailers make when adopting emerging technologies.

Using tech to boost seniors’ wellbeing
When NTUC Health Co-operative Ltd (NTUC Health) realised that its manual system for recording data was hampering the effectiveness of its community programmes for seniors, and important information that they wanted to develop new programmes with also could not be easily analysed, they decided to collaborate with Singapore Management University (SMU) to use smart technology to overcome these challenges.

Dialog Semiconductor to Acquire Adesto Technologies Corporation (IOTS)
Dialog Semiconductor plc, a leading provider of power management, charging, AC/DC power conversion, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth® low energy technology, and Adesto Technologies Corporation (“Adesto”) (NASDAQ: IOTS), a leading provider of innovative custom integrated circuits (ICs) and embedded systems for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) market, today announced they have signed a definitive agreement for Dialog to acquire all outstanding shares of Adesto.

Mist Expands Vision of Universal Standards-Based Indoor Location
Mist Systems, a Juniper Networks company and a leader in secure AI-driven networks, announced today new ecosystem partner integrations that leverage ultra-wideband, Wi-Fi radar (sensing), LiDAR, Electronic Shelf Labels (ESL) and batteryless Bluetooth LE tags to deliver advanced use cases for indoor location with high accuracy and exceptional scale.

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