DSR System Development News April 2015

ZigBee® Alliance Aims at IP with Thread Group

The ZigBee Alliance and the Thread Group announced they are collaborating to enable the ZigBee Cluster Library to run over Thread networks. By working together, ZigBee and Thread can jointly provide an interoperable solution to help streamline product development and ultimately improve the consumer’s experience in the connected home.

Biicode Goes Open Source

Biicode is an open source C and C++ dependency manager that basically consists of two parts: a client installed in the user’s machine and a cloud populated with the best and most popular C and C++ libs and frameworks.

Most Efficient Cortex-M, Officially

Atmel’s SAM L21 microcontroller has scored 185 on the EEMBC ULPBench test, making it the most energy efficient ARM Cortex-M processor implementation yet measured.

IoT Platforms: Java

A California-based software company is offering a certified and supported open source development platform which it says will allow Java to become a standard platform for internet of things designs. Zulu Embedded is an open source Java SE compliant development platform from Azul Systems.

Next Industrial Revolution

Over the last few years Jeremy Rifkin, noted economic and social theorist and himself the author of 20 books, has been traveling the world, advocating his ideas about a society based on an optimized use of resources, information, energy transport, and logistics, orchestrated by an all-encompassing communication system, the Internet of Things.

Studying IoT: Codebug

CodeBug is a programmable wearable for teaching coding and ‘physical computing’ (interfacing computers to the real world) to beginners. It comes from team lead by Dr Andrew Robinson, the man behind PiFace interface boards for Raspberry Pi, and is the subject of a Kickstarter campaign.

Solar Mesh IP Network

Linear Technology demonstrated its SmartMesh IP embedded wireless mesh network, powered by Sol Chip’s Solar Battery, at this month’s Hannover Fair 2015 trade show, promoting the use of solar energy to power industrial Internet of Things applications.

IBM Sets Memory Density Record

IBM Research claims to have set the world’s record in storage density on magnetic tape, 123 billion bits of uncompressed data per square inch on low cost, particulate magnetic tape made especially for the project by FujiFilm.

Bluetooth® Privacy

There is a capability within Bluetooth® Smart technology concerned with safeguarding your privacy as it relates to any physical route you travel. This capability has been available since the release of the Bluetooth 4.0 core specification and the introduction of Bluetooth Smart. We’ve recently made some improvements to it in version 4.2.

Bluetooth® as Hotel Key

New app using Bluetooth® Smart technology helps guests open their doors in the hotels. Created for Starwood Preferred Guest members, the app lets guests check in, get their room number, and unlock their door without stopping first at the front desk.


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