Smart home, beacon, wearable and other nascent Internet of Things (IoT) applications will propel the wireless IoT connectivity market, with IoT to account for 28 percent of the wireless connectivity IC market by 2021, according to ABI Research.
Two members of Congress who co-chair the Congressional Hearing Caucus sent a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler saying the FCC should "proceed with caution" before allowing Globalstar to offer services using Terrestrial Low Power Services (TLPS).
Google executives met with FCC commissioners and their advisors last week to discuss rules for the 3.5 GHz spectrum band, as well as Globalstar's proposed Terrestrial Low Power Service (TLPS) that would occupy Wi-Fi Channel 14.
While Globalstar insists Terrestrial Low Power Service (TLPS) will be compatible with other services, the Hearing Industries Association (HIA) continues to register its concerns about the potential impact of TLPS on Bluetooth Low Energy devices.
University of Washington researchers have developed a system that uses Wi-Fi and Bluetooth signals from passengers' mobile phones and devices to collect better data about where bus riders get on and off, how many people use a given stop and how long they wait to transfer to another bus, according to UW Today. The system could help transit agencies collect valuable real-time data to provide better service.
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) announced some big changes for Bluetooth aimed squarely at increasing its Internet of Things (IoT) functionality.
After Google blasted the approach Globalstar wants to take with wireless operations on channel 14, Globalstar shot back with a missive warning that if Google gets its way, its position would have severe negative implications for competition in the wireless industry as all spectrum would become "Google-ized," including emerging Wi-Fi First service offerings.
Swirl Networks is introducing what it calls the industry's most advanced, secure and longest-lasting battery powered Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacon.
Google announced it will sell its own Wi-Fi router, the OnHub, for $199. The gadget features support for Bluetooth and the 802.15.4-based Weave standard that Google announced earlier this year for Internet of Things applications. Thus, the product could be used by Google in the future to offer additional smart home services-- an area that cable and telco operators have been playing in with their own Wi-Fi-capable modems and gateways.
The Bluetooth SIG's work with the Fast iDentity Online (FIDO) Alliance on two-factor authentication could have implications for the Internet of Things (IoT), providing a layer of much-needed security.