UK energy management firm, Frontline has launched a Bluetooth low energy Innovator Suite product – a combination tool and services bundle designed to help Bluetooth Smart developers (Bluetooth low energy) create devices for Internet of Things applications.
Bluetooth Smart can be used for multiple applications from wearable technology to the connected home to the connected car.
The Ireland-based company offers manufacturing giants such as Apple, Nokia, Samsung, Sony, Toshiba and Panasonic bluetooth wireless technology testing tools and the first to offer a bluetooth low energy protocol analyzer.
Frontline has expanded is offering by combing the ComProbe BPA low energy Bluetooth Protocol Analyzer with the power of their testing services group to offer the Bluetooth low energy Innovator Suite.
Bluetooth for the Internet of Things
The analyzer allows the homeowner to capture bluetooth data where ever they can take their laptop, without being restricted to a power outlet.
According to PR Web, developers of Bluetooth Smart enabled products have both the tools they need to efficiently debug and troubleshoot their implementation in the lab.
Paul Russell, vice president of Engineering Services said that, “developers of Bluetooth Smart devices need to know their devices are going to be interoperable and reliable – working the first time and every time.
He added: “Using the Innovator Suite gives our customers confidence that their products will work correctly, having been tested not only in their own labs but by Frontline as well. It is an extremely cost effective way to test products, especially for smaller or new-to-Bluetooth companies.”
Dutch semiconductor company launches new chipset
In other IoT news, Dutch semiconductor manufacturer, NXP Semiconductors has released its new line of chipsets supporting near field communications for the deployment of Internet of Things (IoT)–enabled smart home products.
The IoT Journal states that the common criticisms associated with IoT-enabled products such as thermostats, security cameras, door locks are that these smart home products ‘do not work consistently’. Another concern is that the set–up of a home network and adding new components to it can be a time-consuming process.
To help address these concerns, NXP has launched a new chipset featuring a ‘Near Field Communication reader IC and embedded firmware required to support the standard interface between an NFC controller and the device’s main application processor.’
The semiconsuctor manufacturer noted that the new chipset will enable manufacturers of IoT-enabled smart home devices to ‘fulfill the promise of plug-and-play products.’