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Laird’s Connected Vehicle Solutions Division on Smart Device Integration (SDI), demonstrating the combination of charging solutions and best reception for smart phones inside a vehicle. Learn more about Laird’s Smart Device Vehicle Integration.

OPTIMIZED BLUETOOTH LOW ENERGY MODULE FROM LAIRD SIMPLIFIES BLUETOOTH 5 UPGRADE AND SPEEDS TIME TO MARKET

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Global technology leader Laird (LRD: London) has unveiled its new SaBLE-x-R2 2.4GHz Bluetooth low energy (BLE) module. The SaBLE-x-R2 builds on the original field-proven hardware of the SaBLE-x module to provide a simple and easy upgrade path for Bluetooth 5 connectivity.

Bluetooth technology continues to drive the Internet of Things (IoT) worldwide through billions of connected devices. Today there are more than six billion devices wirelessly connected to the Internet, and that number is estimated to grow to 20.8 billion “things” by 2020, according to Gartner.

Laird is at the forefront of deploying certified module solutions for Bluetooth 5 development, which enables customers to better address the growing data and performance demands for IoT deployments. With longer range, higher throughput, and extended advertising options, the SaBLE-x-R2 accelerates the development time for implementing cutting-edge BLE connectivity in IoT sensors and beacons for commercial, medical, and industrial applications.

Built to deliver unmatched RF and power performance, the SaBLE-x-R2 is the first and only module on the market based on the SimpleLink™ Bluetooth low energy CC2640R2F wireless microcontroller (MCU) from Texas Instruments (TI). Designed to remove complexity and accelerate development time, the module is pin-to-pin compatible with the original SaBLE-x hardware, which means upgrading to R2 does not require any PCB, footprint, or hardware changes in any existing SaBLE-x board layout.

“The SaBLE-x-R2 is a next-generation module that optimizes the industry-leading SaBLE-x BLE hardware to make it easy for customers to make the move to Bluetooth 5,” said Scott Lordo, senior vice president of Laird’s Connectivity business segment. “With the new SaBLE-x-R2, customers can quickly get started and go to production faster, producing sophisticated and intelligent designs while future-proofing existing SaBLE-x designs.”

The rapidly expanding and evolving IoT market has opened a huge array of BLE applications. Since its introduction in 2010, Bluetooth has evolved to its most recent version, Bluetooth 5, providing longer range, higher throughput, and extended advertising options.

As a result, BLE devices can now offer significantly improved throughput to handle the massive amounts of data within the IoT. Designed with the IoT in mind, Bluetooth 5 incorporates the enhanced security introduced in version 4.2 of the spec, enabling highly secure BLE connections in applications such as home automation and connected medical.

The enhanced security, featuring AES-128, Diffie-Hellman pairing, and link layer privacy, enables SaBLE-x-R2 customers to easily develop smart, secure and power-conscious devices for a greater number of IoT deployments.

Taking full advantage of TI’s innovative chipset technology, the SaBLE-x-R2 offers superior and secure RF performance ideal for IoT applications. To meet the needs of complex and sophisticated user applications, the Bluetooth low energy controller and host libraries are embedded in ROM and run partly on an ARM® Cortex®-M3 processor.

This architecture improves overall system performance and power consumption and frees up significant amounts of flash memory for the users’ application which is crucial for next generation designs.

“The SimpleLink™ CC2640R2F wireless MCU offers the industry’s leading Bluetooth low energy range at the lowest power, addressing the critical performance needs for Internet of Things applications,” says Sudheer Vemulapalli, Business line director, Connected MCUs, Texas Instruments. “Modules based on the CC2640R2F device will be leading the way in bringing the power of Bluetooth 5 to reality, so developers can design more intelligent beacons, longer range applications, and transfer data at higher speeds.”

The SaBLE-x is one of the certified modules within the comprehensive Laird portfolio originally offered by LSR, now a Laird business. Laird’s rapidly expanding portfolio of embedded wireless modules, paired with comprehensive IoT product design and development capabilities from strategy through production, creates a single trusted partner for customers looking to create wireless innovations quickly to succeed in the market.

Laird, well established as a leading provider of certified wireless modules, will offer SaBLE-x-R2 with the industry’s broadest array of out-of-the-box certifications for a Bluetooth Smart module.

The SaBLE-x-R2 will include certification compliance with the FCC, Industry Canada, CE, Giteki, and C-Tick regulatory bodies, as well as qualification with the Bluetooth SIG.  Furthermore, the module certifications will feature no less than four pre-certified antenna options, and Laird will offer to add additional custom antennas to the certification at little to no cost to the customer.

Engineering samples of the SaBLE-x-R2 Bluetooth Smart module are now available. Modules and kits are expected to be commercially available in June 2017.

Laird will begin working with select customers immediately to successfully design the SaBLE-x-R2 into their Bluetooth Smart product applications.

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Laird is a global technology company focused on providing systems, components and solutions that protect electronics from electromagnetic interference and heat, and that enable connectivity in mission critical systems through wireless applications and antenna systems.

Products are supplied to all sectors of the electronics industry including Connected Transport, Connected Industry, Connected Medical, Telecom/Computing, and Mobile Device markets.

Laird, a unit of Laird PLC, employs over 9,000 employees in more than 50 facilities located in 19 countries.

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Laird Launches Industry’s Thinnest, Smallest Ceiling-Mounted Wideband Antenna

29 Mar 2017

Ultra-thin sphere antenna delivers superior performance and reliability for in-building wireless connectivity

The telecom industry’s thinnest, smallest ceiling mounted wideband antenna that is more efficient and meets the design needs of office and apartment buildings, hotels, airports, and other large coverage areas, was announced today by global technology leader Laird (LRD: London).

Laird’s new CFSA Low Passive Intermodulation (PIM) Ultra-Low profile antenna is just seven millimeters thick, or about the thickness of a smartphone providing an ultra-low profile antenna that provides buildings with an inconspicuous yet high performance antenna for enhanced wireless connectivity.

This patent-pending CFSA ceiling mount antenna radiates an indoor signal up to 20 percent more efficiently than other in-building Distributed Antenna System (DAS) antennas on the market today, improving in-building wireless telecommunications and delivering consistent, reliable Internet connectivity, further enabling the Internet of Things (IoT).

Industry experts forecast that by 2020, more than 23 billion “things” globally will be connected to the Internet, and about 40 percent of them will be used for business, industrial, healthcare, and other sectors for the Enterprise Internet of Things (EIoT). Furthermore, the majority of EIoT mobile data traffic will be generated indoors at offices, hotels, hospitals, universities, shopping malls, and multi-tenant, multi-use buildings. That rising demand for wireless connectivity requires in-building antennas that can be placed anywhere without being obtrusive, and no other antenna on the market meets the technical and aesthetic requirements better than the new CFSA series from Laird.

The new CFSA Series Low PIM Ultra-Low Profile antenna provides pattern coverage optimized for indoor requirements at 698-960 MHz, and 1350-4000 MHz supporting global GSM, DCS, UMTS, AWS-3, and 3G/4G-LTE/WiMAX frequency bands.

“Laird’s technology enables the in-building wireless world to work,” said Scott Lordo, senior vice president of Laird. “Improving indoor wireless coverage and capacity usually requires deployment of more ceiling antennas.  But this is at the expense of the in-building design and aesthetics required by network operators and cherished by building tenants and building owners / management firms. Our new CFSA antennas are smaller, more aesthetically pleasing, and deliver next-generation performance for high-quality, in-building connectivity.”

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About Laird

Laird is a global technology company that enables mission-critical mobile connectivity through wireless applications and antenna systems, and components and solutions that protect electronics from electromagnetic interference and heat.

Products are supplied to all sectors of the electronics industry including Connected Transport, Connected Industry, Connected Medical, Telecom/ Computing, and Mobile Device markets. Laird, a unit of Laird PLC, employs over 9,000 employees in more than 50 facilities located in 19 countries.

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A Match Made in IoT: How Bluetooth® Smart and LoRaWAN™ Technologies can be Joined to Dramatically Change the Range of Wireless IoT Implementations

Jonathan Kaye – Director of Product Management – Connectivity Solutions, Laird  – Courtesy of www.design.avnet.com

Every product engineer I know is up to their eyeballs in IoT (Internet of Things) design projects. Their pipeline is full of initiatives related to designing and deploying ultra-low power wireless devices and networks of devices for every industry under the sun, with a requirement that the implementation be reliable and secure. The sheer volume of IoT projects in those pipelines is a testament to how many applications there are for IoT devices in a world where the absence of wires opens up so many possibilities. But the reality is that most IoT design projects today have a rather limited focus. They focus on implementations that place IoT devices in environments that have convenient access to telecommunications infrastructure providing the longer-distance data communications (via the Internet, typically) that allow these personal-area or local-area networked devices to be monitored and controlled from afar.

Being able to communicate over distance in a cost-effective way is vitally important to enterprise-level IoT (which Laird refers to as EIoT) because of the environments where companies want to deploy these wireless devices. The locations for EIoT projects are dramatically different than a typical residential, consumer-level IoT use, and EIoT applications also require enhanced reliability, security and comprehensive interoperability that are far higher than the needs of general IoT technologies. Industries such as manufacturing, healthcare, financial services and utilities have far more stringent technical and security requirements because of the nature of how the devices are used, the sensitivity of the data collected and regulatory requirements. EIoT addresses those needs with a higher standard for uptime, data protection, intrusion prevention and more.

Being able to communicate over distance in a cost-effective way is vitally important to enterprise-level IoT…

Most EIoT implementations today use immediately accessible copper, fiber or cell connectivity to allow these networks of wireless devices to support two-way communication, transferring data back to a central location and receiving instructions from the people managing the devices. But despite the ubiquity of telecommunications infrastructure in urban locations, there are locations all over the map where that connectivity is nowhere to be found. That is particularly true for industrial implementations, which so often include remote sites and equipment such as holding tanks, pipelines, water treatment facilities, oil and gas equipment and more. These sites can be dozens or hundreds of miles from “civilization.” For these locations, IoT deployments are on an island with no cost-effective way to monitor or interact with the short-range network of devices that are located far off the beaten path.

avt-201610-laird-article4-bt-v1The most widely-used short-range wireless technology used in enterprise IoT deployments is Bluetooth® Low Energy (also referred to as Bluetooth® Smart and BLE). BLE is a popular solution for very clear reasons. Its power efficiency is excellent, allowing it to power devices for very long periods on a very small battery thanks to the intelligent management of sleep and active cycles. BLE also offers excellent RF signal strength even in difficult environments with lots of competing signals, RF noise, physical obstructions and nonstop vibrations from equipment. BLE has been an important ingredient in the forward momentum of Internet of Things deployments. However, for EIoT to truly reach its potential in the industrial world and in other industries faced with wireless devices in remote locations, short-range wireless technology needs a complementary technology that can provide a vehicle for longer-range communications in the absence of telecom infrastructure. That is where LoRaWAN™ technology comes in because it dramatically changes the geography of where IoT implementations can go.

avt-201610-laird-article4-lr-v1LoRa® is a new wireless technology that is often times referred to as a LPWAN (Low-Power Wide Area Network) solution because it provides secure, bi-directional data transfer and communications with IoT networks over long distances for years without a battery change. It can send and receive signals up to ten miles, and that distance can be extended much farther with repeaters that can extend the distance to hundreds of miles if needed. When LoRa is paired with short-range Bluetooth Smart technology in a single, integrated solution, the geographic restrictions that previously existed for EIoT implementations can be mitigated in a way that makes it possible for these low-power, short-range device networks to go nearly anywhere an engineer can think of without the need to build telecom infrastructure up to the site. For sites where cell service is available but expensive because of lack of competition in remote locations, this marriage of LoRa and BLE also makes EIoT implementations cost-effective where they previously were not due to the high cost of network fees when using a cell connection.

LoRa technology works exceedingly well for battery-powered networks of IoT devices because, like BLE, it is also an ultra-low-power technology that can operate for an extended time on a battery and requires very infrequent maintenance. The nodes are inexpensive and allow companies to bypass the high cost of cellular data fees or fiber/copper installation, which removes a major cost barrier to remote locations and means zero ongoing data charges. LoRa also works very well with device networks located indoors, including in difficult industrial environments, which might otherwise present difficult challenges to other technologies. LoRa is also highly-scalable and highly-interoperable, supporting up to a million nodes and compatible with both public and private networks for the data backhaul and bi-directional communications. The tradeoff for using a low-power, ultra-long-range technology like LoRa is throughput, which makes it a poor fit for applications that require streamed data.  But this limitation does not come into play with a wide range of IoT applications where small batches of event data are being delivered.

Talking about the technical capabilities of LoRa on their own, however, misses the point when it comes to EIoT applications. The true significance of LoRa is what it can do as a complement to other technologies like BLE, which is at the heart of so many of the IoT design project AXIOM readers are working on today. Simply put: BLE and LoRa are kindred spirits in the world of wireless technology because both are designed with a common goal in mind—make it possible for IoT devices to go anywhere, and to do so with ultra-low power consumption.

  • BLE makes that possible in the short range with all of its attributes that allow sensors, controls and other devices to be squeezed into any nook and cranny a company wants them—and then controllable via smartphones/tablets that serve as remote wireless displays.
  • LoRa makes that possible over the longer range by allowing all of those devices in nooks and crannies to be located in any geographic location on the map where a company wants them.

Those qualities make LoRa and BLE a match made in heaven—or more specifically, a match made in IoT—and opens up a much wider world for EIoT deployments in the process.

… BLE and LoRa are kindred spirits in the world of wireless technology because both are designed with a common goal in mind—make it possible for IoT devices to go anywhere, and to do so with ultra-low power consumption.

avt-201610-laird-article4-rm1xx-v1To help simplify the process of deploying LoRa, Laird has developed the first wireless module that combines LoRaWAN and Bluetooth Smart technology—giving product designers and wireless engineers a solution that integrates both the long-range and short-range capabilities into a single solution. Named the RM1xx series, this LoRa+BLE module aggregates and transmits data from Bluetooth Smart devices and sensors over the LoRa protocol to gateways as far as 10 miles away—all with power efficiency that enables the module to operate on very low power for extended periods of time. The RM1xx is also designed to accelerate the timeline for development projects, including the use of smartBASIC programming language, which enables developers to create event-driven, host-less applications quickly and easily. It also features advanced security and other capabilities that make it ideal for enterprise-class IoT initiatives.

The number of applications that we have heard from customers and partners for the pairing of LoRa and BLE is remarkable. For example, a customer in the industrial field is mapping out a project for monitoring sensors on water, fuel and chemical tanks throughout a remote facility where there would be too many obstacles to establishing bi-directional communications with traditional telecom infrastructure. The LoRa+BLE implementation will aggregate and relay information back to a central server alerting plant managers about levels that are concerning well before they rise to the level of a crisis. This will enable them to better monitor and manage a facility that they originally thought would be too costly or difficult to add to their IoT-enabled facility management protocol.

A straight-forward illustration of LoRa+BLE in action is outlined in this overview of a design project for using the RM1xx module to collect temperature data from a BLE sensor and forward it over the LoRaWAN network to be processed. Engineers who have worked on EIoT projects in the past will immediately recognize how the LoRa+BLE pairing enables much longer distances for implementations of wireless sensor networks. The case study also shows the simplicity of the programming aspect of these projects, which would be far more complex and time-consuming without the built-in smartBASIC and pre-built components that are part of the Laird module.

To learn more about LoRa technology, please visit the website of the LoRa Alliance, which has a wealth of materials for both the beginner and the user already familiar with LoRa: https://www.lora-alliance.org/. And for more information about what is possible when LoRa is paired with BLE, please visit: http://www.lairdtech.com/products/rm1xx-lora-modules.

Jonathan Kaye

Jonathan Kaye is the Product Director for Laird’s Connectivity Solutions business unit, which provides a full range of embedded wireless modules and other solutions that simplify the process of using wireless technology. Mr. Kaye has nearly 20 years of experience in the embedded wireless and product design field, including positions at EZURiO and Lever Technology before joining Laird over 10 years ago. He can be reached at jonathan.kaye@lairdtech.com.

Laird enables greater security for enterprise IOT with new wireless

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Global technology leader Laird (LRD: London) introduces a small, powerful, energy-efficient, stand-alone Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and Near Field Communication (NFC) certified module with robust security and an easy to use programming language which enables rapid development of secure connectivity for the Enterprise Internet of Things (EIoT).

Over the next four years, researchers predict the number of connected devices used in business settings will more than double.  “We understand that many developers are being tasked with integrating wireless solutions to their OEM product lines for the first time, while facing demanding deadlines to get to market quickly,” says Scott Lordo, Senior Vice President of Laird Connectivity Solutions.

Laird engineers developed the new BL652 certified module to quickly and easily integrate secure Bluetooth Smart capabilities into EIoT applications by reducing the engineering burden and technical risk for developers. Lordo adds, “Every design consideration for the BL652 was focused on simplifying the means to leverage the outstanding technology found inside our customer’s specific application, and our embedded smartBASIC engine provides those customers with their own personal EIoT Bluetooth Smart ‘expert’ built right in.”

The BL652 is a fully-integrated, stand-alone BLE and NFC solution ideal for a number of applications including EIoT devices in industrial or commercial settings, medical peripherals, as well as sensors and beacons. The module also features robust security as well as outstanding power performance, critical for many EIoT applications where BLE devices must run battery-powered for an extended amount of time without human intervention.  Based on the class-leading Nordic nRF52 series, the module’s ultra-small 14 x 10 mm form factor, optimized low power schemes, andsmartBASIC programming language provide a robust, stable, stand-alone Bluetooth environment for any embedded design.

The BL652 also features the choice of developing with either Nordic’s popular Software Development Kit (SDK) for the nRF52 or with Laird’s field-proven smartBASIC programming language. The smartBASIC solution makes integration easier for all developers, especially those who may be new to BLE development. The programming language allows designers to leverage Laird’s decade of Bluetooth expertise and offers built-in functions that replace thousands of lines of C code. It also acts as a bridge between software and hardware, which means that applications developed on other BL600 series solutions can be ported over seamlessly to the new BL652.

Laird’s BL652 has everything needed to simplify both RF design and certification efforts. The module boasts an industrial temperature rating and choice of an on-module antenna or an IPEX MHF4 connector for external antennas. In addition, the module will carry modular FCC, IC, CE, MIC and Bluetooth SIG approvals covering multiple antenna listings, which can extend to your design with no new testing for the fastest route to production.

Production quantities of modules and development kits for the BL652 Series are scheduled to be fully available in September 2016.  Laird will begin working with select customers immediately to successfully design the BL652 into their product applications.  For more information about Laird and the BL625, visit the BL652 product page.

About Laird

Laird is a global technology company focused on providing systems, components and solutions that protect electronics from electromagnetic interference and heat, and that enable connectivity in mission critical systems through wireless applications and antenna systems.

Products are supplied to all sectors of the electronics industry including Connected Transport, Connected Industry, Connected Medical, Telecom/ Computing, and Mobile Device markets.

Laird PLC and its subsidiary companies employ over 9,000 employees in more than 50 facilities in 19 countries.

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Nordic Semiconductor nRF52 Series based Bluetooth low energy module with broad array of certifications and antenna options is launched by Laird

The Laird BL652 module, employing Nordic Semiconductor’s nRF52832 SoC, targets industrial and medical applications, as well as broader applications such as the ‘Enterprise Internet of Things’

The Laird BL652 series of modules are Bluetooth 4.2 qualified and employ Nordic’s nRF52832 SoC. The module is designed to target industrial and medical applications by featuring numerous pre-certified antenna options, a high level of security and encryption, industrial-rated operating temperature range, and development options that include either the Nordic nRF52 SDK or Laird’s own event driven programming language – called ‘smartBASIC’ – that Laird states significantly eases development and speeds time to market for developers

Nordic Semiconductor today announces that global technology leader Laird, an ODM of embedded connectivity solutions based in the U.K., has developed their second-generation of Nordic-based Bluetooth® low energy certified modules, utilizing the Nordic nRF52832 System-on-Chip (SoC). The module is a comprehensive certified solution that leverages the latest technology to enhance security, power consumption, and future-proofing for Bluetooth low energy (formerly known as Bluetooth Smart) applications. The Laird BL652 module targets industrial and medical applications, as well as broader applications that are a part of what Laird categorizes as “Enterprise Internet of Things” or “EIoT” for short.

The BL652 is designed to simplify the RF development and certification work required to develop a Bluetooth low energy EIoT application. In addition to offering the flexibility of the Nordic nRF52 Software Development Kit (SDK), Laird also offers a Laird-developed, object-based programing environment called ‘smartBASIC’, which the company says its customers have used as the basis for developing and deploying solutions since 2012.

“smartBASIC was created to enable even those new to Bluetooth low energy – a common scenario in the emerging EIoT – to quickly and successfully develop real world applications,” comments Jonathan Kaye, Laird Connectivity Solutions Product Director. “smartBASIC doesn’t require a costly toolchain or complex development environment, only a terminal emulator of the customer’s choice. Furthermore, Laird also provides complementary apps and utilities to speed and simplify development for Windows, Linux, iOS, and Android platforms.”

Kaye continues: “Our embedded smartBASIC engine provides our customers with their own personal EIoT Bluetooth low energy ‘expert’ built into every module. In addition, because Laird has been developing modules based on Nordic’s previous generation nRF51 Series for the past four years with our BL600 series, we will enable our existing customers to seamlessly port forward their smartBASIC application to this new nRF52 Series module as well.”

To further accelerate developers’ time-to-market, the BL652 is pre-approved to all necessary wireless certifications and qualifications including Bluetooth 4.2, features an integrated antenna or option for external antenna, and is qualified over the full industrial –40º to +85º C operating temperature range. In addition, the BL652 features NFC™ and robust security and encryption (secure 128-bit AES with Diffe Hellman-enabled pairing) to provide a solution Laird says is capable of meet the demands of industrial and enterprise applications alike. Laird also offers industry-renowned support and technical expertise in Bluetooth applications for developers designing with the BL562 module.

“Modules are a valuable option for companies and developers that are new to RF technology or wish to fast-track a product to market,” concludes Geir Langeland, Nordic Semiconductor’s Director of Sales & Marketing. “The IoT will grow to include many companies that may not have any background in RF design or Bluetooth low energy wireless technology. By using a module such as the Laird BL652 they will be able to access the latest market-leading wireless technology without having to go up a steep learning curve with all the design risk and time that will necessarily involve.”

The nRF52832 SoC redefines the single-chip Bluetooth low energy category by marrying barrier-breaking performance to power efficiency, and featuring a unique on-chip NFC tag for user-friendly Touch-to-Pair and offers new levels of design flexibility unmatched by any existing Bluetooth low energy solution.

The nRF52832 SoC features a category-first 64MHz ARM® Cortex®-M4F processor; 512kB Flash and 64kB RAM; a best-in-class ultra-high performance, ultra-low power multi-protocol Bluetooth Smart, ANT™, and proprietary 2.4GHz radio with -96dB RX sensitivity, 5.5mA peak RX/TX currents, an on-chip RF Balun, plus a unique fully-automatic power management system that makes achieving optimal power consumption easy for designers.

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LAIRD ADVANCES WIRELESS POWER FOR CONNECTED CARS

Wireless charging advancements by global technology leader Laird (LRD: London) have the industry poised for significant growth as major automotive and mobile device manufacturers look to incorporate Laird’s technology into the daily lives of drivers and passengers.

Laird engineers have created the next generation of wireless chargers, which Guido Dornbusch, Laird’s Vice President of Product Management for Connected Vehicle Solutions, said “are highly efficient” and “have virtually no extra losses compared to cable connectors.”

Laird is the leading global provider of end-to-end automotive connectivity services with solutions including antenna coupling and telematics control units as well as smart device integration products such as wireless charging.

Dornbusch says Laird’s latest white paper titled “Removing Wires, Increasing Performance: Wireless Charging – An Automotive Expectation,” AVAILABLE HERE, illustrates how Laird is incorporating wireless charging technology into several European and American luxury brand automobiles. The white paper also talks about the future of wireless charging, the struggle to find a common industry standard, and Near Field Communication (NFC).

“By integrating NFC, wireless charging technology also can be combined with authentication, which opens up many more possibilities for use in the connected car,” Dornbusch explained. “Some examples are using smartphones as a key, especially helpful for car sharing applications, or automated payment processes.”

Dornbusch is a featured member of “The Internet of Cars, Cities, and Things” Panel at 5 p.m., Thursday, June 9, at TU Automotive Detroit, and he will discuss how the Internet of Things will impact cars as they connect to smart cities, infrastructures and homes.

Earlier this week Laird announced plans to expand its connected vehicle research, development, and engineering operations. Earlier this year the company opened a new facility in Brazil and acquired Germany based automotive electronics supplier Novero. In 2014 the company also opened a new manufacturing site in Shanghai China.

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LAIRD EXPANDS RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT FOR CONNECTED VEHICLES

07 Jun 2016

Global technology leader Laird (LRD: London) today announces a major expansion and relocation project for its vehicle connectivity research and design center near Detroit, Michigan.

Laird will relocate its engineering, research and design center from Holly, Michigan to a 14.5 acre site in an industrial park in Grand Blanc, Michigan a few miles down the road. A new building at that location will have more than 43,000 square feet with the ability to add an additional 20,000 square feet in the future. This new building doubles the size of Laird’s current, 22,000 sq. ft. facility.

“After our recent acquisition of Germany based Novero, Laird is the leading global provider of end-to-end automotive connectivity services with solutions including antenna coupling and telematics control units as well as smart device integration products such as wireless charging and USB interfaces,” says Steve Brown, Laird’s President of Connected Vehicle Solutions. “With this relocation to a larger facility with state-of-the-art technological capabilities, Laird is poised to maintain this leading position for years to come.”

The project represents a 14.4 million dollar (USD) investment in the local community and is scheduled to open in Q2 of 2017. It will result in the creation initially of at least 20 new jobs once the building opens with the possibility of an additional 40 new positions as the business continues to grow. The increased space also provides room for new technologies and improved interactions with customers.

“Remaining close to our customers in Michigan was a crucial factor in choosing the site for our expansion,” explains Brown. “This new facility will enable Laird to expand its list of services and continue delivering innovative solutions to our customers with the speed to market necessary in the competitive automotive market.”

This will be the fourth recent expansion globally for Laird’s Connected Vehicle Solutions which opened a new facility in Brazil and acquired Germany based automotive electronics supplier Novero earlier this year. In 2014 the company also opened a new manufacturing site in Shanghai China.

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About Laird

Laird is a global technology company focused on providing systems, components and solutions that protect electronics from electromagnetic interference and heat, and that enable connectivity in mission critical systems through wireless applications and antenna systems.

Products are supplied to all sectors of the electronics industry including Connected Transport, Connected Industry, Connected Medical, Telecom/ Computing, and Mobile Device markets.

Laird PLC and its subsidiary companies employ over 9,000 employees in more than 50 facilities located in 19 countries.

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