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Netclearance releases mBeaconSAM, the first commercially-available Bluetooth 5 payment beacon

Netclearance, providers of smart Bluetooth payment terminals, today unveils the world’s first commercially available Bluetooth 5 payment beacon. mBeaconSAM comes in a mini SIM-card sized smart card that fits into existing card reader terminals and will enable them for IoT payments transactions. The company says that the device brings three key benefits to merchants and […]

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Toyota to use BLE and NFC to help drivers ‘Getaround’

Toyota is entering the car-sharing market with a $10 million investment in San Francisco-based Getaround. The car manufacturer will use part of its investment to test a Bluetooth-enabled device — Smart Key Box — that allows users to unlock and start Getaround vehicles with just their smartphones. Getaround allows car owners to rent out their own […]

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New FIDO certified BLE solution for secure mobile internet usage from Infineon

Online applications on mobile devices require new methods of secured log-in. The FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) Alliance has developed security standards for strong authentication that are simple to use and protect more efficiently from fraud. Infineon Technologies AG have released the first FIDO-certified Bluetooth low energy (BLE) reference design for wireless authentication tokens. By using […]

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Proxama, Ubiquitous: Beacon-enabled taxis network coming to major cities across the UK

Proxama are to enter into a long term partnership with Ubiquitous; the UK’s largest provider of taxi advertising. The relationship will significantly extend the Proxama Network of beacons, enabling messages to be delivered to an engaged audience experiencing ‘times of dwell’ (Editor: this is a new phrasing for me but I expect we’ll hear more […]

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NXP meshes Bluetooth smart solution to enhance IoT experience

NXP Semiconductors N.V. are to add low power mesh compatibility into its Bluetooth® Smart portfolio, recently acquired from Quintic’s Bluetooth Low Energy (BTLE) and wearable businesses. The new capabilities will enhance the company’s Bluetooth offerings which are subset solutions from the company’s low power connectivity standards relevant to the IoT, including NFC, ZigBee and Bluetooth […]

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NXP completes Quintic acquisition, already sees increased demand

NXP Semiconductors N.V. says it has completed its acquisition of Quintic’s Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and Wearable businesses. With this transaction, NXP adds BLE to an existing portfolio of ultra-low power RF-connectivity solutions key to the Internet-of-Things. NXP’s NFC, Zigbee and BLE products paired with NXP microcontrollers and security solutions provide customers a complete range […]

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