Evolution of Bluetooth and other Short-Range Radio technologies

Bluetooth has existed for over 30 years. Zigbee nearly as long.  Other short-range radio technologies such as ANT+ and Thread are more recent. Poor interoperability in real world devices held back early Bluetooth adoption. The original vision of a general cable replacement technology was never realised due to excessive power consumption built into the standard. The need to frequently recharge devices undermined the utility of wireless connections and Bluetooth became an audio streaming technology. Zigbee found a niche in industrial applications and ANT+ in sports.  Evolution was slow until 10 years ago.

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Insight SIP expands in the DACH region with new appointment

Karsten Steinhorst joins as Business Development Manager

Sophia Antipolis, France, 19 November 2020 - Insight SIP, the supplier of advanced miniature RF modules, is expanding its operations in the DACH region in line with its strong sales growth in the region . To support this growth, Insight SIP has appointed Karsten Steinhorst as Business Development Manager for the DACH region. Karsten brings a wealth of electronics component industry experience, having 25 years’ experience with wireless products, having previously worked at various companies including Telit and Stollmann. He will be based near Hamburg in northern Germany.

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Securing systems and data in the domain of IOT

The explosion of the Internet of Things (IOT) has led to a proliferation of connected devices. These vary from small sensor devices, medical wearables, and connecting existing electronic industrial and consumer equipment. Many of these are connected ultimately to the internet and use one or more wireless channels.

This opens up many interesting possibilities to manage systems and assets more efficiently, but at the same time, such connections become a potential channel for malign attacks. Here we look at the core issues in securing such systems.

By Nick Wood, Sales & Marketing Director, Insight SiP – experts in RF circuit miniaturization, System-in-Package and Antenna-in-Package.

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Smart PPE and IoT to improve workplace safety

With Covid-19, there is greater awareness of the importance of PPE (personal protection equipment). Manufacturers raced to produce PPE in high volumes to protect frontline healthcare workers. A perfect storm of increased demand for workplace health and safety measures, for PPE to address them and the maturity of Industry 4.0 and IoT-based technologies has accelerated the development of “Smart PPE” solutions.

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Insight SiP launches new ISP1907-HT RF module

This module offers multi-protocol networking with Bluetooth 5.2 Long Range connectivity, BLE Direction-Finding and Bluetooth Mesh together with Zigbee and Thread capability. It also provides an extended operating temperature range up to 105oC.

Sophia Antipolis, France07 October 2020 – Insight SIP is launching the 1907-HT RF module, which offers a huge range of capabilities in a tiny package. With its extended temperature range, it is ideal for Smart Lighting/Smart Building applications, and includes Bluetooth Mesh, Zigbee and Thread protocols to enable multimode networks.

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Securing medical IoT devices: the MEDICYNE solution

In 2019, Insight SiP and its partner CYSEC, leading Swiss cybersecurity specialists, received an R&D grant from the Eurostars programme for their MEDIcal CYbersecure NEtwork project (“MEDICYNE”) proposal to develop an end-to-end secure communications solution for medical IoT devices. Our project was timely as the use of IoT-based connected devices in the healthcare sector has risen significantly. The arrival of Covid-19, pressure on healthcare budgets and increased demand for remote access healthcare solutions have injected a further sense of urgency into our project.

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Limbitless Solutions turns children into superheroes

... with the aid of Insight SIP technology

Limbitless Solutions develops life-changing prosthetic limbs for children using 3-D printing and sophisticated electronics which include Insight SiP’s RF modules for wireless communication enabling children to adjust their prosthetics through an app. Wearing these bionic arms can make the children feel like superheroes.

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DnaNudge – Shopping with your DNA

The world’s first DNA-based healthier food selection service, includes Insight SiP RF module

When shopping for food, many people struggle to make healthy choices, and obesity has become a widespread problem. When following a diet, it is not always easy to access the right nutritional information, particularly when faced with an overwhelming number of foods to select from supermarket shelves. Fortunately, there is now a solution developed by DnaNudge that encourages healthy eating by “nudging” consumers to pick out the healthiest food, most suited to their unique DNA profile and lifestyle, when shopping.

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My_SmartBottle’s connectivity facilitated by Insight SiP’s RF module

We know that it is vital to keep hydrated for the benefit of our everyday health and whilst doing sport. However, it is difficult to tell if we are drinking enough liquid, too little or too much, relative to our bodies and exercise levels. Fortunately Belgian company Ygilis has developed a solution, the very stylish My_SmartBottle which connects wirelessly to an app which tracks and measures your personal hydration needs and advises you on how much liquid to consume and when to do so. Insight SiP’s RF module, facilitating wireless connectivity, plays a small but significant part in the success of My_SmartBottle.

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