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  • Digital Car Keys Step into Era of UWB
    Digital Car Keys Step into Era of UWB
    The BLE Legend BLE-enabled digital car key systems that realize features of passive keyless entry (PKE) or even passive entry and passive start (PEPS) have reaped wide popularity among car makers, as that single ECU gives their new models an intelligent face lift. However, existing BLE systems are inherently vulnerable to relay attacks, making PKE/PEPS exposed to thefts and hijacks. A TikTok short video showing how two thieves stole a Bentley with some simple relay attack tool in thirty seconds went viral recently. UWB Came to Rescue Such incidents aroused worries among motorists and car buyers, and also prompted carmakers to rethink the baseline technology of the existing digital car key system. The Ultra-Wide-Band (UWB) technology came into their scope of view. Due to its features of much higher locating precision and ultra-high frequency pulse radio that is immune to relay attacks, it has become a major part of the global standard for digital car keys issued by the Car Connectivity Consortium – CCC3.0. Other two-car connectivity standard bodies – ICCE and ICCOA also recognized it by including it as a major enabling technology. From 2022 on, car makers such as BMW, BYD, Geely and NIO began to ship UWB-enabled car models for premium car owners. Such quick adoption is not only built upon the technology's supremacy but also over a belief that the economy of scale will be realized soon. The source in the technical circle said Qualcomm will release a UWB-embedded smartphone SoC in early 2024. That will prompt major phone makers to produce UWB smartphones to join the league of Apple iPhone, making the UWB installation base terminal wise dramatically increase. And people believe in the near future, the UWB will become a ubiquitous wireless communication technology in daily life. The foreseeable huge terminal user base boosted undoubtedly car makers’ confidence in the technology. Why UWB for Digital Keys? Now, let us look at some major technical properties of UWB to get a deeper understanding of why we need UWB for next-generation digital keys of future vehicles. Precise Location The UWB communication involves the information exchange between the UWB keyfob (also known as Tag) and the UWB Anchor installed in the car. The Time-of-Flight (ToF) measurement uses specific fields in the UWB messages as timestamps to calculate precise distance. UWB technology utilizes very short pulses (lasting only nanoseconds) of low-power signals with a wide bandwidth (> 500 MHz). UWB’s wide bandwidth and short pulses bring little interference and few multi-path effects compared to narrowband signals. In some ways, UWB can effectively measure range with an accuracy of up to 10cm. Enhanced Security Today's technologies relying on signal strength to evaluate distance are vulnerable to relay attacks. Car thieves intercept and amplify the signal strength of a valid key and deceive the receiver into believing that the digital key is nearby. Then, these attacks cause the lock...
  • Industrial IoT
    Industrial IoT
    What is Industrial IoT? We are in the era of the fourth industrial revolution, that is, the industrial 4.0 era, also known as the Industrial Internet of Things. The IIoT uses intelligent sensors and actuators to enhance manufacturing and industrial processes. The IoT is a key supporting technology in the industry 4.0 project. It improves the manufacturing industry and realizes industrial automation through information and communication technology. The ultimate goal is intelligent factory, intelligent production and intelligent logistics. IIoT is a combination of hardware, software and services. Data interaction of industrial equipment The production line machines and equipment of modern industrial manufacturing lines are equipped with thousands of small sensors to detect temperature, pressure, thermal energy, vibration and noise. At the same time, the machine and devices can be connected with other network devices supporting synchronization through RF-star embedded modules (such as BLE module, Wi-Fi module, Sub-1G module, etc.). This connectivity makes it possible to collect, analyze and exchange a large amount of valuable data, and also brings faster speed, higher efficiency and higher insight to industrial enterprises. Asset tracking Asset tracking is another advantage of IIoT. Manufacturers and customers can manage assets according to real-time data and track the location, status and conditions of products in the whole supply chain. If the goods are damaged or at risk, the system sends an immediate alarm, and then there will be the opportunity to take immediate or preventive measures to correct the situation. RF star's wireless communication solutions can provide data acquisition and transmission after the sensor data is triggered automatically.
  • Medical Electronics
    Medical Electronics
    The trend of medical and healthcare industry The global medical and healthcare industry is continuously merging high technologies such as artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, big data, and 5G technology across borders, making medical services a big step toward real intelligence, and giving birth to new medical models such as mobile medical care, smart medical care, and telemedicine, which ushered in an unprecedented opportunity for development. Thus, the global medical electronics market shows profitable growth potential in the next few years. The combination of sports, health, medical and consumer electronics is an important direction for today's market development. Rich types of modern sensors, with low-power, small-size, high-intelligence, provide technical feasibility for always-on to track and analyze human activity, sleep, physiological indicators, and environmental information in real time. It also represents the direction of future health and medical development. Wide application of medical electronics With the increase in the proportion of medical equipment used in people’s daily health care, the safety, reliability, and intelligence of medical electronic products have become the focus of future product design. Therefore, medical and health accessories markets, such as smart device sensors, have become the ones that hardware vendors and developers have actively entered in recent years. RF-star is committed to providing stable and reliable wireless transmission solutions and contributing its own strength to the stable and healthy development of medical electronics. With the popularization of smart terminals in the whole society and the deepening of projects such as smart medical and smart elderly care, traditional medical service forms are rapidly changing, and medical electronic products with remote diagnosis functions continue to develop rapidly. More and more manufacturers are beginning to implant sensor components and wireless transmission chips in key diagnostic equipment such as patient monitors, oximeters, ultrasound, magnetic resonance, implantable medical devices, and remote health care systems. Meanwhile, adding the network interface to the medical devices is in line with the information network management requirements of medical institutions. The wireless trend is further deepened. The wireless IoT solutions developed by RF-star will greatly help the traditional medical move into smart medical. Portable medical smart wearable is increasing With the rise of the concept of connected health, the demand for portable medical smart wearable is increasing. In wearable smart medical electronic products, the power consumption and volume of integrated circuit chips have become important considerations. The sensor is equipped with integrated electronic components with data processing, transmission and other functions. It is designed as a portable wearable product such as a watch bracelet to realize blood pressure and heart rate mo...
  • Consumer Electronics
    Consumer Electronics
    Consumer electronics The consumer electronics industry is a typical technology-driven industry. While every technological innovation reshapes the industry format, it also brings emerging industry demands. The advancement of technology promotes the continuous development of consumer electronics towards intelligence and integration. The deep integration of consumer electronics products and the Internet of Things will become an important direction for the development of the industry, and all-round intelligent products will become the mainstream in the future. In the consumer electronics industry, RF-star provides wireless communication technology solutions to all consumer electronics terminal customers, enabling smart terminal products to have functions such as networking, remote control, and APP management. The development of the industry has realized the combination of hardware equipment and artificial intelligence, making smart terminal products continue to shrink in hardware size while integrating more functions, such as information processing, data connection, perception, and interactive services. RF-star insists on providing customers with the latest and most stable solutions, keeping up with the pace of industry development. Remote-control (RC) toys With the development of Bluetooth Low Energy 5.0, the field of remote-control (RC) toys also ushered in iterations. BLE5.0 brings a longer communication range, can reliably extend the control distance, let toy cars have a longer and more interesting track, and also realize real-time sensor data return, such as traction and engine speed, The controller can be warned of unfavorable conditions. In addition, BLE5.0 also allows the drone's environmental monitoring function to achieve a safer and more predictable flight, because Bluetooth technology allows the drone to broadcast like a beacon, bringing collision detection and avoidance to the drone. Possibility. Any RC toy that uses embedded Bluetooth technology, as long as it conforms to the Bluetooth standard, can be controlled by a Bluetooth smart mobile terminal or controller. The operation is flexible, convenient and safe, which greatly improves the experience of RC users. RF-star BLE modules have been embedded in many RC solutions. RF-star uses the latest technology to support the users to have a better experience. Bluetooth tablet Bluetooth low energy technology is widely used in computer peripherals and other operating devices. In addition to commonly used wireless keyboards, mice, etc., the Bluetooth tablet also opens a digital mode for learning and office. The handwriting board combines traditional paper writing with advanced electromagnetic pressure-sensitive technology, and incorporates the transmission and networking solutions of Bluetooth 5.0. The paper content of handwritten notes, sketches or annotations written in classrooms or meetings is quickly and accurately synchronized and transmitted to mobile phones, tablets, PCs and other termi...
  • Smart Home
    Smart Home
    Smart Home With the continuous warming of the global information age and the continuous improvement of material living standards, people's lifestyle and consumption habits also began to leap quietly. Personalization and intelligence have become new demands, and healthier, safer, more convenient and more comfortable have become the main theme. The rapid development and penetration of the Internet of things have brought changes to home life, here comes the smart home. Smart home is the smallest unit of smart city. It takes the home as the carrier, takes the family affection between family members as the link, and combines the new generation of information technologies such as Internet of things, cloud computing, mobile Internet and big data to realize a low-carbon, healthy, intelligent, comfortable, safe and caring family lifestyle. Smart home improves home life In smart home system, the core equipment is the home wireless gateway, which provides a unified data outlet of IP to communicate with the outside world. It is equipped with intelligent interfaces such as BLE / ZigBee / Wi-Fi to communicate or connect with indoor equipment and facilities, so as to realize the intelligent management of house lighting, control of household equipment and facilities, indoor intelligent security monitoring management, customized scene linkage and other applications. Therefore, at home, you can control the home through remote control, control panel on the wall, home mobile terminal or home intelligent terminal. When not at home, you can easily control everything at home through telephone, mobile phone or Internet. The residents can enjoy all-round services such as multimedia communications, entertainment, security and smart home control so as to make life safer, more comfortable, and more relaxing. RF-star has rich experience to support our partners with BLE, Wi-Fi and ZigBee modules to smart home applications. Smart lighting system is the top priority Smart lighting system is the top priority to realize smart home. It uses various environmental sensors, LED lights and driver chips to collect data, connects with the cloud platform with RF star's wireless communication module (LoRa, Wi-Fi, BLE), completes data transmission and processing, and then carries out monitoring and control functions by smart phone or PC. Thus, human body induction control, light induction control, timing control, scene preset control, etc. can be realized. The end user can also send control instructions to realize human-computer interaction. So as to maximize the lighting efficiency and realize the green energy saving and consumption reduction of buildings.
  • Smart City
    Smart City
    Smart city covers all aspects of life A smart city is the integration of "people" and "things", and its ultimate purpose is to serve the citizens. Information technology represented by the Internet of things, cloud computing and mobile Internet and the gradually open urban innovation ecology are the two genes of a smart city. When the future "smart city" is displayed in front of you and me, it is like a ubiquitous intelligent robot. It is not only a giant system controlling the whole city, but also an AI robot serving every citizen of you and me one-to-one. A smart city is a complex and huge system, which covers all aspects of life: smart security, smart streetlight, smart hydropower, smart parks, smart transportation, etc. Therefore, countless businesses providing products and services have participated in the construction of smart city. As a pioneer in the field of wireless communication, RF-star integrates industry resources in various subsystem projects of smart city, follows cutting-edge products and technologies, and brings creativity and optimal solutions to customers. Smart streetlight In the smart streetlight project, the information sensing and transmission network is composed of sensing technology, wireless communication technology and 5g network technology to realize the interaction of big data with the cloud background, so as to realize the remote centralized control of streetlight. Smart streetlight has the functions of automatically adjusting brightness according to traffic flow, remote lighting control, active fault alarm, lamp cable anti-theft, remote meter reading, etc., which can greatly save power resources, improve public lighting management level and save maintenance cost. RF-star LoRa and Wi-Fi wireless solutions can be used in streetlight and achieve the data transmission. Intelligent charging pile Intelligent charging pile is a very important application of intelligent transportation and a key link to the full realization of smart city. Intelligent charging pile can provide charging services for new energy vehicles, electric automatic vehicles, etc. After the mobile phone is paired with the embedded Bluetooth of the charging pile, the vehicle can be charged with the help of application software. The mobile phone communicates with the charging pile through Bluetooth, which can complete the control of the whole charging process and real-time monitoring of the charging process. RF-star’s BLE solutions are widely used by the intelligent charging pile manufacturers, the automobile manufacturers and the operators. And the solutions are highly praised by our partners.
  • Fence Rampant Shared Bikes with Bluetooth
    Fence Rampant Shared Bikes with Bluetooth
    The emergence of the bike-sharing model in 2017 instantly disrupted traditional commuting of urban people in China. However, while it brings convenience to our life, it also incurs some disadvantages. Random stop and go not only brings much inconvenience to other residents, but also incurs great trouble to city managers and shared bicycle operators. To further improve the order of shared bicycle parking, city managers were prompted to regulate parking behavior. Advent of Bluetooth electronic fence simply address the issue. With its features of broadcasting, transmission and positioning, the Bluetooth electronic fence technology can demarcate boundaries for parking and count bikes in those specified areas. What is a Bluetooth Electronic Fence Bluetooth electronic fence refers to a virtual geographic demarcation system that enables operators or city managers to lay out and regulate certain areas for shared bicycles to park. The solution is realized by placing Bluetooth beacon devices in those specified areas. Cyclists riding shared bikes can locate the specified parking spaces with help of their mobile devices. The beacon devices can detect shared bikes within a specified radius. If the bike were parked outside the virtually fenced area or were ridden out of it, the system will send notifications, so that the manager can understand the dynamics of the relevant bikes in time, and take corresponding measures to deal with it. Public electronic fences realize data interaction with Bluetooth, its positioning accuracy reaches sub-meter level making it capable of accurately addressing cases of each bike in the herd. They can also accommodate shared-bikes of different operators. Featuring bike wireless identifying, fine line geo-demarcation and ultra-long autonomy, Bluetooth electronic fences for shared bikes can provide reliable service of bike access sensing and parking management with little deployment effort. Comparing electronic fence technologies There are three major implementation technologies for electronic fences: Electronic fences based on Global Positioning Systems (GPS). Use the Bluetooth read-write device embedded in the bicycle lock to detect the signals of the Bluetooth tag installed in the parking sites. Use the user's mobile phone Bluetooth to read the Bluetooth electronic tag of the parking site and the shared bike. The first and second technologies rely on satellite positioning technology and the Bluetooth device in the bike lock respectively, which are relatively invisible. The third technology is more convenient for installation, and is suitable for mass deployment. At the same time, the Bluetooth electronic fence of latter technology can also count the number of bikes parked within the fence, and facilitate sharing data between the urban management authority and sharing bicycle operators. Thus overall load balancing and scheduling can be achieved. For now, such electronic fence is available for all sharing bicycles featuring Bluetoot...
  • Intelligent Logistics
    Intelligent Logistics
    Characteristics of Intelligent Logistics The logistics industry is one of the industries where the Internet of Things has been implemented very early. The advanced modern logistics system has the advanced technical features such as informatization, digitization, networking, integration, intelligence, flexibility, agility, visualization, and automation. Through the intelligent software and hardware, IoT, big data, cloud computing, artificial intelligence and other new-generation information technologies, intelligent logistics has realized the integrated intelligence of the logistics industry, improved the ability of intelligent analysis and decision-making and automated operation execution of the logistics system, enhanced the efficiency of logistics operation, and reduced the social costs. Logistics solution based on the IoT In the intelligent logistics technology process based on the IoT, the intelligent terminal uses RFID, infrared induction, laser scanning and other sensing technologies to obtain various attribute information of goods, and then transmits it to the intelligent data center through RF star wireless communication technology for centralized statistics, analysis, management, sharing and utilization of the data, so as to provide decision support for logistics management and even the overall business operation. RF-star provides a large number of technical modules, which can be flexibly designed according to different customization needs to optimize your logistics solution. Intelligent warehouse management The intelligent logistics includes intelligent warehouse management, intelligent courier, intelligent supply chain and intelligent transportation. In the intelligent warehousing solution, it can automatically collect the data of various operations such as warehouse arrival inspection, warehousing, outgoing, allocation, shifting and inventory counting. It realizes the interaction of data through various wireless communication technologies, handheld terminals and vehicle terminals, then uploads the collected data to the background system in a real time, which ensures the speed and accuracy of data input in all operation links of warehouse management, as well as that the enterprises timely and accurately grasps the real data of inventory, and reasonably maintain and control the inventory. RF-star can supply a various of wireless solutions. Using Bluetooth beacon, combined with Bluetooth gateway, cloud background and APP, etc. to realize the warehouse location management function. It can timely grasp the current location of all inventory materials and manage important assets, which are conducive to improve the work efficiency of warehouse management. RF-star Beacon has the lowest power consumption which enables smart logistics a better asset management solution with lower costs.
  • Intelligent Vehicle
    Intelligent Vehicle
    Intelligent vehicle "Intelligent vehicle" refers to the addition of advanced sensors, controllers, actuators and other devices in the car, through the on-board sensor system and information terminal to realize the intelligent information exchange with people, cars, roads, etc.. The intelligent vehicle integrates environmental perception, planning and decision-making, multi-level assisted driving and other functions. It focuses on the use of computers, modern sensing, information fusion, communications, artificial intelligence and automatic control technologies, and is mainly dedicated to improving the safety and comfort of automobiles, as well as providing excellent human-vehicle interactive interfaces. The extensive application of the Internet of Things and computer technology provides a broad prospect for the intelligentization of automobiles. RF star has been deeply engaged in the field of wireless communication for many years and has reached long-term and stable cooperation with many well-known domestic and foreign automobile companies and vehicle equipment manufacturers. In the layout of smart vehicles, various sensors on vehicle equipment are equipped with our BLE/Wi-Fi modules, and software solutions + APP customization and other services, so as to integrate our customers' products with cutting-edge technologies and go further on the road of smart vehicle development. T-BOX smart terminal In the on-board T-BOX (Telematics BOX) smart terminal solution, T-Box can establish a transmission channel through Bluetooth and mobile phone APP to realize the control of opening, locking, starting the vehicle, turning on the air conditioner, and adjusting the seat, etc. It also can be used as the key equipment to realize the inter-working between the vehicle and the cloud platform, by sending the collected vehicle data (such as the driving motor data, vehicle data, battery data status, etc.) to the cloud platform.  And the control instructions sent by the cloud platform can also be forwarded to the vehicle as well. RF-star can support you to get the one-stop solution for help you move forward in the application. OBD system After the on-board automatic diagnosis system (OBD) added the Bluetooth transmission, the era of using mobile phones for vehicle diagnosis was opened. OBD realizes automobile fault detection and real-time monitoring of dynamic data, and then sends the diagnostic data to the monitoring system software on the mobile phone via Bluetooth. OBD system can carry out a full range of inspections and professional fault detection on the car to ensure the state of driving and eliminate potential safety hazards. At the same time, in case of abnormalities such as vehicle speed, water temperature, voltage, etc. during driving, the system instantly sends reminders to make travel more at ease. RF-star hardware and software engineering team can support to finish the whole OBD solution. Make your current solution more functional.
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