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Internet of Things (IoT)

News about Internet of Things (IoT).

Three in four consumers interested in using alternatives to passwords online

July 24th, 2015

One in six consumers find usernames and passwords “cumbersome” and 77% are interested in using alternatives to protect their security on the internet, research from Accenture reveals. More than half (58%) say they are interested… More

Google introduces Eddystone, a new open format for BLE beacons

July 15th, 2015

Google has introduced an open format for Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons that is designed to address the shortcomings of existing beacon services and is compatible with both Android and iOS devices. More

Gemalto shows trusted service hub in Shanghai

July 14th, 2015

PARTNER NEWS: Gemalto will show off its Allynis Trusted Service Hub (TSH) at Mobile World Congress Shanghai this week, alongside demonstrations of other mcommerce, NFC, mobile ID and internet of things solutions. The digital security specialist describes the TSH as a “one-stop pay-per-use solution to quickly deploy secure mobile contactless services to the broadest base of users across a comprehensive portfolio of smartphones and mobile networks worldwide”.

Rémy Martin to launch NFC bottle in China for authentication and rewards

July 2nd, 2015

French spirits brand Rémy Martin is to launch a connected cognac bottle equipped with an NFC tag that will let consumers check the product is authentic and whether it has been opened and resealed, as well as allowing them to retrieve rewards and special offers after it has been purchased. More

NXP introduces plug and play NFC solution for Internet of Things

June 23rd, 2015

PARTNER NEWS: NXP Semiconductors has unveiled a ‘plug and play’ NFC controller with integrated firmware and an NCI interface that is aimed at accelerating NFC adoption in the internet of things (IoT) by allowing hardware… More

Thinfilm gets $22m investment

June 22nd, 2015

Printed electronics specialist Thinfilm has closed a private placement in which “several” US investors have invested a total of US$22m. “The market response to our launch of our NFC OpenSense product has been exceptionally strong,” says CEO Davor Sutija. “This investment will allow significant expansion of our printed logic production in order to meet expected demand for both NFC OpenSense and our electronic article surveillance products.”

Google’s Project Soli to bring hand controls to wearables

June 2nd, 2015

Google is working to create next-generation, hand-gesture technology that would enable rich interactions with smart devices regardless of screen size to “drive applications across wearable, home automation, automotive, industrial and medical markets”. A video produced… More

Google unveils Project Brillo

June 2nd, 2015

Google has unveiled Project Brillo, a development platform for the Internet of Things that will connect devices through a communication layer called Weave which “provides seamless and secure communication between devices both locally and through the cloud,” Google explains. “It’s integrated into the Google mobile platform so support is built in to Android and easily available for iOS.”

Google’s Project Vault microSD features NFC for storing sensitive data

June 1st, 2015

Google has unveiled Project Vault, a hardware and software isolated environment in the form of a microSD card that stores the user’s sensitive data and comes equipped with NFC for authorisation. “Project Vault is a… More

Qualcomm and NXP team up for NFC on Snapdragon platforms

May 5th, 2015

Qualcomm Technologies is working with NXP to integrate NXP’s NFC and embedded secure element (eSE) solutions into reference designs for its Snapdragon 800, 600, 400 and 200 processor-based platforms, mobile chipsets which already lie at… More

NFC to connect Shanghai smart business district

April 9th, 2015

A landmark one square kilometre “smart business district” in Shanghai will use NFC as part of a strategy to network every office, hotel, apartment block, shopping mall and residential property within the area when construction… More

Jameson serves up 25,000 NFC stubby holders

March 26th, 2015

Jameson Irish Whiskey is distributing 25,000 NFC bottle holders that allow drinkers to enjoy online content and competitions, to promote its links with an Australian comedy festival. More

NXP uses NFC to make smart homes easier to manage

March 20th, 2015

PARTNER NEWS: Chip maker NXP has introduced a wireless microcontroller and accompanying smart home and smart lighting solutions that use NFC to make it easy for users to “connect systems intuitively with just one tap”…. More

NXP unveils connected car with NFC and payments

March 11th, 2015

NXP Semiconductors has showcased a proof-of-concept connected car that makes use of long-range UHF RFID tags and NFC to help drivers of the future access and pay for restricted parking spaces, get warnings of traffic… More

Pizza Hut could let customers order and pay for pizza from their cars

March 4th, 2015

Pizza Hut is testing a proof-of-concept “connected car” system that would let its customers order and pay for pizza from their vehicle before identifying themselves when arriving at the restaurant through Bluetooth beacons placed in… More

Diageo unveils smart whisky bottle with ‘game-changing’ NFC tags

February 27th, 2015

“Smart bottles” that know when they have been opened and then deliver relevant, personalised messages directly to a consumer’s smartphone will be showcased by printed electronics specialist Thinfilm at Mobile World Congress 2015. The Norwegian… More

TI offers NFC sensors

December 12th, 2014

Texas Instruments has introduced an integrated NFC sensor transponder that combines an ISO 15693 compliant NFC interface with a programmable microcontroller, non-volatile FRAM, an analog-to-digital converter and SPI and I2C interface. Aimed at industrial, medical, wearables and internet of things (IoT) applications, the RF430FRL15xH will enable developers to “design products that require an analog or digital interface, data-logging capabilities and data transfers to an NFC-enabled reader.”

Bluetooth 4.2 to increase speed and security of Smart devices

December 8th, 2014

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has adopted version 4.2 of the Bluetooth core specification, introducing security improvements that mean Bluetooth beacons are now unable to engage with smartphones without permission from the user and making it harder for eavesdroppers to track a device via its Bluetooth connection. More

Broadcom IoT SDK adds NFC

December 5th, 2014

Chip maker Broadcom has integrated NFC into its Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices (Wiced) software development kit with the aim of making it easier for developers to build smart homes and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions that combine NFC, WiFi and Bluetooth Smart functionality. “The SDK enables developers to create more complex products with a wider variety of use cases,” Broadcom says.

Japan Airlines tests battery-free beacons at 13 airports

November 18th, 2014

Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons that use energy harvesting technology to avoid the need to change batteries have been installed by Japan Airlines (JAL) at 13 major Japanese airports to provide users of its JAL… More

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