Telit Unveils Bluetooth 5 Module at Mobile World Congress 2017

Telit, a global enabler of the Internet of Things (IoT), today introduced the Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) BlueMod+S50 single mode module. This marks the industry’s first introduction of a standalone and certified, Bluetooth® 5 compliant module with a compelling mix of future-proof features designed to extend product lifecycles. Building on the success of the Telit BlueMod family of Bluetooth modules and complete integrated set of IoT Products and services, the BlueMod+S50 is key to bringing low power, “connectionless” IoT designs and services to market quickly.

The new BlueMod+S50 module from Telit marks an industry milestone. Now, developers can adopt this cutting-edge technology into use cases not possible with previous generations of Bluetooth, such as full in-building connections. The latest Bluetooth 5 specification offers significant updates with quadruple range and speeds that are twice as fast, while increasing the capacity of connectionless data broadcasts by 800%. Always a step ahead, Telit incorporated additional features such as secure, integrated NFC (Near Field Communication) capability and support for most GATT based Client and Server profiles.

“What makes the BlueMod+S50 so compelling is the combination of industry’s latest silicon with Telit’s state of the art engineering for an overall richer, more intelligent user experience,” said Felix Marchal, Executive Vice President of GNSS and Short Range Wireless. “We take it a step further with our ‘design once, use anywhere’ philosophy by including resources from the Telit IoT Know How program—assisting customers holistically with deployment of completion solutions from idea to market. The new module is not only swappable with previous generations of our Bluetooth line, it includes enhancements that benefit verticals which depend on advanced, forward-thinking technology like smart home and healthcare.”

Key Features and Benefits:
· Generic GATT Client and Server: Simplifies configuration
· Terminal I/O: Enables fast and reliable transport of data/ protocols transparently over Bluetooth
· NFC Handover: Eliminates manual interaction, delivering a nearly instant and most important—secure connection.
· Reliable line-of-sight range: over 800* meters. (*250m with Android phone and iPhone).
· Ultra-Low power: Proprietary UICP (UART Interface Control Protocol) further reduces power consumption of the module by 30-100 times compared to non UICP operations.

The BlueMod+S50 delivers industry-leading low power consumption and is well suited for many verticals including home automation, healthcare, telematics, asset management, routers and gateways, retail, and smart cities in addition to battery dependent devices with long product lifecycles. Designers can integrate the module without additional hardware via a robust choice of interfaces, including GPIO, ADC, UART, SPI, and others.

The new module is being fast tracked to address market demand for advanced, low-power wireless networking technology. It is the company’s latest addition to the Advanced Edge Technology portfolio that supports Bluetooth, Short range, GNSS, Wi-Fi, LoRa, and LPWA. As device makers are looking to develop IoT solutions that remain relevant for years to come, they are eager to adopt future-proof solutions. ABI Research forecasts Bluetooth-enabled device shipments over the next five years will increase by an average of half a billion per year through 2021, reaching more than five billion.

Learn more about the new BlueMod+S50 module in Telit’s booth at Mobile World Congress 2017, located at hall 5 stand E61 and also at http://info.telit.com/bluemods50.

* Samples, evaluation and development kits available in the second half of 2017.

Telit acquires wireless communications assets to boost capabilities in low-power Internet of Things market

Telit, a global enabler of the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced that it has agreed to acquire Bluetooth, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)and Near Field Communication (NFC) assets in hardware and software from Stollmann Entwicklungs und Vertriebs Gmbh (“Stollmann”)in Hamburg, Germany. Stollmann is a global player in the Bluetooth and NFC business,designing, developing and manufacturing cutting-edge, low-power Bluetooth modules and highly sophisticated software solutions for short range wireless communications. Assets in acquisition include among others, Stollmann’s Bluetooth and NFC software stacks, ready-to-use modules and other intellectual property (IP) in wireless communications. Thirty-five Stollmann employees, mainly R&D engineers, are to be transferred to Telit.

The acquisition of the Stollmann assets represents another strategic step for Telit in its expanding vision of connecting an ever broader range of things to cloud. Industry analyst firm MarketsandMarkets estimates the global Bluetooth Smart and “Smart-Ready” market to be worth $5.6bn by 2020 with Bluetooth Smart shipments to surpass 1.2 billion units in five years, up from just 49 million units in 2013.

The integration of Bluetooth, BLE and NFC technologies into the Telit portfolio brings considerable consumer value as businesses are able to accelerate innovation based on Bluetooth and NFC,leveraging the full spectrum of enabling, synergizing elements from Telit, including cellular and GNSS modules, mobile network connectivity and IoT platform services. These ready-to-run hardware and service combinations will enable the enterprise to move quickly from idea to business with minimal effort or investment, bringing to market a much wider range of consumer solutions than would be possible otherwise.

“IoT devices are increasingly being integrated into every aspect of the consumer’s life, in application areas from health & wellness to retail and smart homes. The acquisition of these assets is a key development in the execution of our IoT vision of connecting enterprise edge assets – sensors and other remote devices – to the cloud using our tools such as the Telit IoT portal,” said Oozi Cats, Telit’s Chief Executive Officer.“The IP we are acquiring will provide us with valuable expertise in additional short-range technologies including BLE, which is set to become the de-facto standard for local area and personal area IoT wireless connectivity. As one of the IoT’s fastest growing wireless technology areas, this IP will enable us to expand our market reach with a more comprehensive end-to-end connectivity solution.”