IoT News Roundup

IBM, Pfizer to enlist IoT in the fight against Parkinson's; BKON offering Eddystone beacon platform; HID's new digital ID platform; GCell's indoor solar-powered beacon; global consumer survey gauges trust in IoT; ZigBee Alliance gains retail group's endorsement.
By Mary Catherine O'Connor

HID Global Launches New Mobile Identity Products
HID Global, which makes identity cards and access-control systems, has announced, at the Security Industry Association trade show in Las Vegas, a new technology offering that HID says will enable government agencies to issue driver's licenses and other identification cards digitally, via citizen's smartphones. The HID goID platform for mobile IDs is designed to turn smartphones into both secure credentials and ID readers, which security personnel could use to verify the authenticity of digital credentials. The platform is built on HID's Seos digital authentication platform, which has already been deployed by its parent company, ASSA ABLOY, to enable smartphone-based keyless access-control systems for guests at Starwood hotel properties.

HID also announced that it is partnering with chipmaker NXP Semiconductors to integrate HID's keyless access-control technology into NXP's SmartMX-based secure element devices built into wearable products, such as smart watches.

GCell Announces Solar-Powered Indoor Beacon
GCell, a manufacturer of solar-powered mobile devices and energy storage systems, has introduced a solar-powered Bluetooth beacon designed for indoor use. The beacon harvests energy from indoor ambient light sources to charge its onboard battery. The battery has an expected lifecycle of roughly eight years when the beacon is set to transmit its signal once every 100 milliseconds. The beacon has a read range of between 3 and 25 meters (9.8 and 82 feet), according to GCell. The beacon is expeced to be made available later this year. Pricing information has not yet been released.

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