Courtesy of u‑blox : u-blox expands Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity software with high performance script solution
u-connectScript, part of the u‑connect software series, enables easy and interactive development of embedded applications.
Thalwil, Switzerland – February 14, 2019 – u‑blox (SIX:UBXN), a global provider of leading positioning and wireless communication technologies, has announced that it is expanding its connectivity software offering. In addition to the established u‑connectXpress, previously known as u‑blox connectivity software, the offering now also includes u‑connectScript. The extended software series differentiates the company’s offering by further simplifying wireless Bluetooth and Wi‑Fi device development, enabling embedded script applications in the module while reducing complexity and cutting time to market.
“We developed the u‑connect software series to let product developers focus on their main application. Pre‑flashed at delivery, u‑connect manages the wireless connectivity behind the scenes”, says Joakim Ryden, Senior Product Manager for wireless IoT modules, Product Center Short Range Radio, at u‑blox. “Scripting support further increases development efficiency and expands the reach of wireless technology to companies that are new to the Internet of Things,” he says.
u‑connectXpress, the first pillar of the u‑connect series for more than 15 years, has grown into the most extensive software tool for integrating Wi‑Fi and Bluetooth connectivity into devices. Comprising over 130 standard and u‑blox‑specific AT commands, u‑connectXpress lets developers configure device connectivity without having to write and test complex code.
u‑connectScript leverages the unique concept of u‑connect streams to efficiently manage data flows between wireless and physical interfaces. This ensures power consumption and performance of the resulting application to remain on par with traditionally developed embedded applications, contrary to other script solutions available in the market.
Secure by design
Security is fundamental to all professional applications and is handled behind the scenes when using any member of the u‑connect software series. Secure Boot ensures that devices only boot up in the presence of original certified software. u‑connect further ensures a high level of link and data security with support for Wi‑Fi enterprise security (e.g. EAP‑TLS), IP end‑to‑end security (e.g. TLS) and LE secure connections for Bluetooth.
Compatibility across products
Applications developed for u‑connectXpress or u‑connectScript can be re‑used across the entire product line and are forward compatible with new product generations.
Broad market appeal
u‑connect and u‑blox stand‑alone modules cater to a broad range of IoT applications such as smart buildings, smart cities, smart industry, including smart lighting systems, industrial sensor networks, asset tracking solutions, and building automation systems. Within these verticals, u‑connect facilitates Bluetooth‑based solutions for cable replacement, configuration and control of equipment using handheld devices, advanced Wi‑Fi connectivity and multi‑radio gateway applications.
u‑connectXpress is available across the u‑blox Short Range product portfolio. u‑connectScript will be available on selected product variants, starting with the NINA‑B3module.
u‑blox (SIX:UBXN) is a global provider of leading positioning and wireless communication technologies for the automotive, industrial, and consumer markets. Their solutions let people, vehicles, and machines determine their precise position and communicate wirelessly over cellular and short range networks. With a broad portfolio of chips, modules, and a growing ecosystem of product supporting data services, u‑blox is uniquely positioned to empower its customers to develop innovative solutions for the Internet of Things, quickly and cost‑effectively. With headquarters in Thalwil, Switzerland, the company is globally present with offices in Europe, Asia, and the USA.
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