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    Gemalto brings PKI-based authentication to mobile devices over BLE

    December 11th, 2015

    PARTNER NEWS: Digital security giant Gemalto has launched a solution which can bring public key infrastructure-based authentication and security to any device through a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) connection. “SafeNet MobilePKI uses Bluetooth Smart technology… More

    Bluetooth to get longer range, higher speeds and mesh networking in 2016

    November 12th, 2015

    The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has announced planned updates to the Bluetooth specification, bringing longer range, higher speeds and mesh networking to the technology. The enhancements are scheduled for 2016 and are “focused squarely… More

    Henry Holland uses NFC rings to let London Fashion Week VIPs buy direct from the catwalk

    September 22nd, 2015

    VIP guests attending fashion designer Henry Holland’s show at this week’s London Fashion Week were able to make purchases from the catwalk by tapping NFC rings against payment receiver tags attached to clothes and accessories. The… More

    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.

    Toshiba offers NFC/BLE combi chip

    December 3rd, 2014

    Toshiba has unveiled a dual-function IC that includes both a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) radio and an NFC Type 3 (Felica) tag. The tag part of the chip offers 1.5KB of memory and an I2C interface to allow it to be shared with the BLE side. The TC35670FTG is designed to be included in Bluetooth Smart devices such as sensors, toys, smartphone accessories and healthcare devices and offers one-touch Bluetooth pairing as well as power management features to increase battery lifetimes.

    Broadcom offers IoT developer kit

    September 1st, 2014

    Chip maker Broadcom has introduced Wiced Sense, a developer kit designed “to enable developers to rapidly prototype ideas and concepts for IoT devices and applications.” The kit includes a Broadcom BCM20737 Bluetooth Smart system-in-package (SiP)… More

    Estimote unveils BLE stickers

    August 27th, 2014

    Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacon maker Estimote has introduced a new product category that it calls “nearables”, stickers that contain a Bluetooth Smart controller, an ARM processor and both an accelerometer and a temperature sensor. “Simply attach a sticker to an item to turn it into a nearable — a smart, connected object that broadcasts data about its location, motion and temperature,” the company says.

    New guide explains how to connect BLE and NFC devices

    June 17th, 2014

    The NFC Forum and the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) have updated their “Bluetooth secure simple pairing using NFC” developer guide. The new edition includes information on how NFC can be used to let consumers… More

    GE lets retailers send offers to shoppers via LED lighting

    May 30th, 2014

    GE Lighting and US startup Bytelight have unveiled a marketing platform that lets merchants use LED lighting installed in and around their stores to send offers, directions to particular products and information services to shoppers,… More

    nTrust pilots Bluetooth payments in Canada

    May 12th, 2014

    Canadian payments and money transfer provider nTrust has begun piloting a new mobile payments service that uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons placed in stores to make wireless purchases. nTrust is using hardware from Estimote… More

    NFC to account for 30% of mobile tickets

    February 17th, 2014

    More than 34 billion tickets will be delivered to mobile devices over the next five years, according to a new ABI Research forecast, with QR codes making up 48% of the total and NFC accounting… More

    Marvell announces wireless combo chip with NFC

    January 8th, 2014

    Chip maker Marvell has introduced a new quad-radio wireless combo chip for mobile devices that includes support for NFC, Bluetooth 4.1, 1×1 802.11ac WiFi and FM radio. The Avastar 88W8887 is designed to provide “a… More

    Nokia to offer NFC and Bluetooth Treasure Tags?

    July 30th, 2013

    Nokia is readying the Treasure Tag, a proximity sensor accessory for Lumia handsets that uses a combination of NFC and Bluetooth to track personal items, reports The Verge. NFC is used to pair the accessory… More