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.
Gimbal, the location- and proximity-based mobile engagement that was spun out of Qualcomm last year, says it is making its beacon firmware available to enable virtually any Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) device to act as a Gimbal beacon.
FierceDeveloper recently connected with Steve Hegenderfer by phone to discuss the Innovation Series and other efforts his group is making to empower developers who want to be a part of the IoT action.
The number of wireless IoT devices in automation networks will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 27.2 per cent to reach 43.5 million by 2020.
Giving a vote of confidence to Bluetooth-powered beacon technology, Boston-based in-store beacon company Swirl Networks raised an $18 million Series C round that was led by Twitter Ventures, Hearst Ventures and SoftBank Capital. Longworth Venture Partners also participated, bringing Swirl's total funding to $32 million.
ARM Holdings acquired two small companies focused on power-efficient Bluetooth technologies, Wicentric and Sunrise Micro Devices, as part of a broader effort to push into the Internet of Things (IoT) market. Financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.
Globalstar says that demonstrations performed at the FCC's Technology Experience Center confirm that terrestrial low power service is a good neighbor to Wi-Fi operations and Bluetooth. Bluetooth Special Interest Group disputes that, but Globalstar continues to urge the commission to expeditiously approve its TLPS proposal. What gives?
Some long-term investors in Globalstar are asking the FCC to make a decision on its proceeding based on the facts before it and not the filings of short-sellers, like Gerst Capital and Kerrisdale Capital, that would profit from an FCC rejection of the Globalstar petition.
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) is forming the Bluetooth Smart Mesh Working Group to look at standardizing mesh networking for Bluetooth Smart technology and explore various use case scenarios to benefit from mesh, from the smart home to other Internet of Things (IoT) verticals.