As more connected devices enrich our surroundings, our need for dependable, low-power and safe connectivity options increases. And for lots of applications, an advanced Bluetooth Low Energy technology perfectly fits the bill.
Automatically unlocking your car when you walk up to it. Paying for groceries without struggling to find your wallet. Sending health data collected by a wearable or even implantable device directly to your smartphone. All without needing to worry about privacy or security.
Those are the ways in which the Internet of things (IoT) can make our lives easier. It relies on a backbone of small, battery-powered devices such as beacons and sensors – connected to each other and to the cloud.
In order to realize those connections, the technology must be compatible with:
Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) fits the description. And new capabilities for Bluetooth high-accuracy distance measurement/channel sounding (BT HADM/CS) can be added. This expands the current use cases to next-gen wireless secure access and proximity solutions. Examples are item finding, asset tracking, real-time location systems (RTLS) and indoor positioning systems (IPS).
This is what imec’s experts are working on, both on a hardware and software level.
Imec’s BLE radio designs and IP enable an on-chip transceiver. That’s ideal for IoT implementations because of its best-in-class performance at the world’s lowest power consumption.
Its key features are:
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This BLE design and IP is accessible through licensing. An evaluation board is available upon your request.
Do you want additional assistance in developing your IoT hardware solution? We are ready to assist you with:
The ability to use Bluetooth signals for distance measurement presents exciting opportunities. Examples are applications such as location-based secure access and proximity marketing. However, current standards fall short in terms of both accuracy and security.
Current BLE-ranging solutions only reach an accuracy of about 3 meters. They use the received signal strength (RSSI) method, which especially struggles in challenging (indoor) environments with lots of reflections.
Imec’s ranging solution uses a combination of a phase-based distance estimation protocol and advanced signal processing. This enables the system to separate line-of-sight from multipath signals. And to thereby reach sub-meter accuracy – even up to 10 cm if multiple antennas are used.
What’s more, imec’s secure distance bounding protocol ensures that it’s impossible to falsify the proximity of a device. Which means so-called location spoofing or relay attacks can be averted. Download our whitepaper to learn more.
Key features of imec’s BLE algorithms for IoT applications:
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