IOT News Roundup

Texas Instruments' dual-interface NFC tag for automotive market; Verizon offers LTE network; Olea announces new sensor device; NXP-Freescale merger gets greenlight; Czech Internet infrastructure company selects Semtech's LoRa; Gimbal and NanoLumens form partnership.
By Claire Swedberg
Dec 04, 2015

Texas Instruments Launches NFC Tag for Car Infotainment Pairing

Texas Instruments (TI) is marketing a new Near Field Communication (NFC) transponder targeted at automotive infotainment applications. The RF430CL330H-Q1 is a dual-interface tag intended for easy development of systems for pairing smartphones, tablets and other NFC-enabled devices with car infotainment systems, via Bluetooth, Bluetooth Smart and Wi-Fi connections. In addition to having an NFC interface, the RF430CL330H-Q1 supports an I2C or serial peripheral interface (SPI) connection to an infotainment host processor in the vehicle.

Developers could use the chip to create solutions that launch content for users with a tap of the phone or tablet as they enter their car. The new transponder is priced at $0.64 apiece in 1,000-unit volumes. The chip can be utilized in conjunction with TI's target board, which costs $19. Texas Instruments also provides training and support for developers on its website.

Verizon Offers New Cat1 LTE Network and API Interfaces for IoT

Verizon has begun offering Cat1 LTE network features for use with Internet of Things solutions. The new LTE network will offer an alternative for systems built to use 2G networks. The company is also providing more application programming interfaces (APIs) and application enablement platforms (AEPs) on its ThingSpace platform, such as integrating Bug Labs' dweet APIs and freeboard visualization engine. The new API interfaces are intended to allow developers to connect their devices to the Internet more quickly and easily.

The incorporation of Bug Labs' AEP capabilities into ThingSpace marks the first time that developers and customers can use Verizon to manage their devices at both the application and network levels, says Mark Bartolomeo, Verizon's VP of IoT connected solutions, allowing for the creation of new innovations to be delivered to a greater number of people.

Olea Releases Wearable Bluetooth Device that Captures Heart and Respiration Data

Sensor-based software solutions provider Olea Sensor Networks has released a new wireless device known as the OS-3008 to collect and process heart and respiration data, as well as to extract and interpret vital sign statistics. The sensor device transmits data to cloud-based servers via a Bluetooth connection.

Smaller than a business card, the OS-3008 is intended to be carried in a shirt pocket, worn around the neck, or embedded in a seat back or bed. The new device is the latest product released as part of the OS-3001 Intelligent Multi-Sensor Platform for non-clinical research and development use.

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