NXP’s Smart Governance — Creating Tested, Secure Identification and Authentication Solutions

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NXP is a renowned name in secure identification and authentication solutions, working with government authorities around the world to support their increasing need for secure identification services like identity cards, health cards, passports, social security cards and drivers licenses.

NXP’s electronic ID solutions, being termed as eID, is one of most successful identification solutions that has been an integral part of smart governance in over 35 countries across the world. Some of NXP’s e-governance features include Electronic Vehicle Licensing, ePassport Services and Smart Governance.

Electronic Vehicle Licensing – Made Easy with NXP

NXP’s e-vehicle licensing serves the dual purpose of a driving eligibility document as well as a security identification proof for government department and authorities. The solution, integrated with fraud counter-measures, supports smart administrative governance through a multi-purpose chip which provides data insights on vehicle registration, licensing, fine collection and traffic violations.

NXP has partnered with countries like Mexico, Ghana, Zambia, India, Russia, and Netherlands for the turnkey delivery of smart governance projects including electronic vehicle licensing. Throughout, NXP products have been trusted as a reliable brand for storing and securing sensitive personal data for identification and authentication.

NXP’s ePassport Services – Transforming Cross-border Travel

NXP’s leadership in ePassport and electronic travel document is unmatched. The company is an associate of ICAO, facilitating advanced security solutions for international travellers. An offshoot of the secure smart card IC product family, NXP’s ePassport solutions are compliant with the ICAO 9303 with benchmark performance standards. The industry-leading ePassport solutions ensure the security of personal data on the chip while providing counter-measure technology against hardware firewalls and malware attacks.

Close to 80% of the 120 countries that issue electronic passports trust NXP for their identification and authentication solutions. The company’s SmartMX technology is a symbol of safety and convenience for international travelers throughout the world.

Key Highlights of NXP’s Smart Governance Solutions

NXP plays a vital role in critical e-governance services that require securing of personal data, blocking illegal access and providing convenience to the eligible in-person. The company’s electronic ID solutions address a variety of benefits and security issues, which include:

  • High and future-proof security: Latest secure microcontroller technology, coming with CC EAL 6+ certification
  • Complete and ‘ready to use’ solutions through partnership and in-house components
  • Understanding of privacy concerns and project complexity and drive for standardization
  • Secure multi-source production facilities fitting high volume deployment
  • Knowledge and experience of successful implementations of identification solutions in projects worldwide
  • Strong trusted partner network
  • Product training and local technical support

Application Areas of NXP’s e-Governance Services

NXP’s eID expertise is trusted globally for its striking smart governance solutions in electronic identification and authentication.

This article is part 7 of our 7-part “Get Smart with NXP” series.

NXP Smart Buildings — Engineered for the Future

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NXP’s smart building solutions bolster energy efficiency, curtail maintenance cost, and facilitate better access to technology through the integrated systems. Engineered for the future, the cutting-edge solutions meet the environmental and energy-efficient requirements of today’s smart buildings — including HVAC, monitoring and security, building access, lighting, networking and control.

“In creating the Internet of Things, including the smart building and smart environment, NXP helps companies who may not be fully aware of the possibilities today’s technologies offer to realize the many possibilities on offer,” says Mark Hamersma, General Manager Emerging Businesses at NXP.

Key Features of NXP’s Smart Building Solutions

Based on the IoT ecosystem, NXP’s smart building solutions serve varied functionalities, in diversified smart building areas like Smart Hospital, Access and Remote Control, Warehouse and Asset Tracking, Metrocell Base Station and Smart Access Management.

Smart Hospital Solutions

NXP microprocessors, designed for smart hospital solutions, feature a combination of communication modules such as USB, Ethernet, SCI, and controllers. The integrated hardware provides patient comfort, easy facilitation of tests, and secure data transmission. NXP’s smart hospital solutions are modelled to acquire patient health data through increased efficiency and advanced automation. Automated health data that can be collected and registered, include –

  • Weight
  • Height
  • Temperature
  • Blood pressure
  • Heart rate
  • Electrocardiogram (ECG)
  • Glucose
  • Spirometry

Access and Remote Control

NXP offers the most comprehensive industry-leading solutions for the modern smart buildings. NXP’s standalone feature for access and remote control includes radio-frequency devices, optimized for wireless access, control, and monitoring of consumer and industrial smart buildings.

Radio Frequency (RF) Communications open up a vast array of additional functionalities that can be integrated into the smart building environment. Some of the key features include:

  • Remote Keyless Entry (RKE)
  • Passive Entry (PE)
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS)
  • Home and building control
  • Industrial Automation

Smart Warehouse and Asset Tracking solutions

NXP’s RFID technology, with its unique serialized identification, leverages large-scale automated asset tracking solutions for the smart warehouses. The RFID technology imprints tags on assets, enabling fast, responsive, accurate, and automatic tracking of inventory at much-reduced costs. The technology also facilitates enhanced security and controlled access to key assets that require secured storage.

Metrocell Base Station

NXP’s Metrocell solutions are optimized for LTE (FDD and TDD) and WCDMA (HSPA+) metro base station applications. The Metrocell suit, featuring cutting-edge Power Architecture® technology cores, and StarCore DSPs, enable enhanced baseband hardware acceleration at ultra-high speeds and optimized cost.

Smart Access Management

NXP’s secure smart card and reader ICs, featuring contact, dual, and contactless interfaces, support a wide range of EEPROM configurations for logical access and control projects. The smart cards provide the highest level of advanced security support with three-factor authentication. Already an integral part of Smart City infrastructures, these cards can be implemented to gain logical and physical access to smart buildings, networks, software, and data files.

NXP Smart Building Solutions – Additional Benefits and Application Areas

This article is part 6 of the 7-part “Get Smart with NXP” series.

NXP’s Smart Energy Solutions for Building Greener and More Sustainable Cities

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NXP’s thriving endeavor for a more sustainable and greener world is powered by cutting-edge innovations that enable end-to-end smart energy solutions. For some time now, the leading technology company has been focusing on key smart energy areas, developing a varied range of innovative applications such as home energy management systems, smart metering reference designs and support for standard communications.

NXP’s smart energy solutions aid connected and secure smart grid with technological support for IoT gateways, metering data concentrator, smart metering, energy-efficient motor control, solar inverters, and smart appliances. In short, these innovations are a step in the right direction towards greener cities. The solutions include resourceful energy management and distribution of energy across the smart grid for a more sustainable, greener world.

NXP Partners with ZigBee PRO for Smart Energy Solution

Smart Energy software solution, the software division of NXP’s Smart Energy technology, provides a complete range of tech-support for ZigBee PRO protocol, SE application profile, ZigBee Cluster Library (ZCL), and JenOS (Jennic Operating System). ZigBee Smart Energy (SE), is the world’s industry-leading standard for interoperable wireless products that control, monitor and automate the delivery and usage of energy and resources, such as water.

The task is attained by integrating a wireless network at the user’s premises using the ZigBee PRO protocol and NXP Smart Energy application profile. This wireless Home Area Network (HAN), essentially contains allied devices such as In-Premise Display (IPD), Metering Device, and Load Control Device, which are connected to the energy service provider using an Energy Service Interface (ESI) via a backhaul network.

NXP’s Smart Energy Software for the ZigBee PRO

ZigBee PRO, integrated with NXP’s Smart Energy profile, is available for the JN5168 microcontroller. The protocol, profile, and the associated support software are readily accessible in the Software Developer’s Kit (SDK). The SDK needs to be installed on top of the JN51xx SDK Toolchain (JN-SW-4041). SDK details and installation guidelines are available in the SDK Installation and User Guide (JN-UG-3064).

NXP’s Smart Energy Solutions are Driven by Technological Innovations

NXP smart energy solutions help address demanding market requirements around infrastructural utilities, transmission, substations, data concentrators, and smart home energy management. The solutions include innovations that transform smart energy into a resourceful asset for building the smart grid.

Key Application Areas

NXP’s huge and diversified market applications for smart energy solutions includes:

NXP is analyzing various macro trends and economic triggers that are driving the smart energy market. Backed by sustainable R&D, NXP is powering innovations in key design requirements that create smart energy solutions for building greener and more sustainable homes and cities.

 

This article is part 5 of the 7-part “Get Smart with NXP” series.

NXP — Pushing the Boundaries With Smart Mobility

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NXP, recently demonstrated its cutting edge technology for smart mobility from its FTF Technology Forum, held in Austin, Texas, in May. Marking the event, NXP, now a part of the Smart City Challenge initiated by the U.S. Department of Transportation, hosted a live demo in the city of Austin to give a real-life experience of its smart mobility communications, such as vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I), together known as the “V2X”. The technology is expected to dramatically change the transport system by tightening road safety, reducing CO2 emissions, and smoothening the flow of traffic.

“Together with Siemens, Cohda and Electric Cab of Austin, we are showing how V2X and other connected technologies are set to change the face of our cities as we know them – helping to make them more efficient, cleaner and less congested,” said Lars Reger, CTO of NXP’s Automotive Business. “Austin, with its reputation as one of the smartest cities in the U.S., is the ideal location for providing a glimpse of these future advancements. Self-driving cars, connected vehicles, and smart sensors are positioned to become fundamental parts of transportation networks, and NXP has the technologies to make this a reality.”

The Awe-Inspiring Features of NXP’s Smart Mobility, V2X

V2X is intended to ensure safe and secure mobility by connecting cars with other vehicles and infrastructure. The technology, designed also to improve safety, allows a driver to “see around corners”, enabling them to see through obstacles that are beyond the line of sight. At its FTF Technology Forum, NXP, in association with the Electric Cab of Austin, organized test drives to give attendees a live experience of how V2X works in real-time traffic situations.

These test drives revealed some of smart mobility’s shockingly unbelievable technology features. For example, attendees observed how V2X was capable of detecting a child walking from school with a RFID tag on their backpack as a susceptible pedestrian, triggering caution signals on the dashboards of approaching vehicles.  Additionally, V2X was also seen to perform tasks like automatically turning the signal green according to real-time traffic conditions, and routing vehicles in alternative lanes in the case of a roadblock.

Application Areas of NXP’s Smart Mobility Solution

NXP’S smart mobility, based on advanced connectivity technology, has a diversified field of applications, including:

“With the average urban commuter stuck in traffic an estimated 38 hours every year, a wasted 1.9 billion gallons of fuel annually, and a growing population putting stress on our systems, the most important way to tackle the challenges the transportation industry faces is to build smarter infrastructure with intelligent technologies,” said Marcus Welz, President of Siemens Intelligent Traffic Systems. “Siemens has been leading the way in Connected Vehicle technologies, and after close to 10 years of test pilots and early adaptor projects, we’re pleased to demonstrate this technology with NXP in another real-world traffic setting to increase safety, comfort, and efficiency for road users in Austin.”

This article is part 4 of the 7-part “Get Smart with NXP” series.

WPG Americas would like to introduce you to Athar Zafar, Regional Display Solutions Specialist (RDSS) for the Central Region.

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Athar has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Southeastern Oklahoma State University and worked as a design engineer for 13 years. Following that, Athar was an FAE at NuHorizons, Future and Arrow Electronics where he managed engineering groups and assisted customers by understanding their requirements and educating them on their options before suggesting a solution. He joined the WPGA Display Solutions team in April 2016.

As a RDSS with WPGA, Athar really enjoys visiting customers and discussing the challenges faced in their projects. His typical day consists of exciting new opportunities and using problem solving skills to find the right solution while staying in the customer’s budget. He enjoys learning about technology and what’s trending based on what his customers are doing.

“Display and embedded technologies are moving with the speed of light. In a very short time we have gone from fluorescent light displays to 4K displays/TVs and are moving towards OLED technology,” said Athar. “Displays have changed the world and it’s only moving faster towards the next technology. It is exciting to be part of the embedded displays industry.”

One of the biggest challenges Athar has seen is his career is putting price targets over innovation. “It’s an industry-wide problem,” said Athar. “We are trying to compete with China, India… Apple, GE, Google, Oracle… and some of these companies still compete on technology, not on price. In my opinion, more companies should be more innovative, take risks and not compete on just price.”

Athar lives on a 100 acre ranch north of Dallas, Texas, with his wife where they raise cattle, have dogs and care for three horses – that’s stress relief!

Wave Eyes: X-Band and K-Band Microwave Sensors from NJR

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New Japan Radio’s “Wave Eyes” range of sensing devices are aimed to help designers integrate features like moving object detection and speed measurement into their devices. Let’s discuss NJR’s Doppler modules X-band (10GHz) and K-band (24GHz) from this range in more detail.

X-Band Doppler Module – (MODEL NO. NJR4147 / MODEL NO. NJR4150 / MODEL NO. NJR4151)

The X-Band is specifically designed for motion sensing applications. The microwave sensor is an integral ingredient in security systems and automatic door openers. It can detect movements in a room, yard, or even on the other side of a wall. The Doppler module operates in the X-band frequency at 10.525 GHz and indicates movements with oscillations in its high/low output.

X-Band Doppler module consists of DRO (Dielectric Resonator Oscillator), balanced Schottky Barrier Diode mixer, and Microstrip Patch Antennas. Characteristic features, key specifications, and application ideas are covered below.

Features

  • Operation frequency of 10.525 GHz
  • Able to detect motion through walls and windows
  • More immune to false triggers than passive infrared motion sensors
  • Active-high enables pin with internal pull-up resistor
  • Trim potentiometer on the back for manually adjustable sensitivity
  • 4-Pin SIP header for breadboard or through-hole prototyping
  • Built-in series resistor for compatibility with the Propeller microcontroller and other 3.3 V devices
  • Plated test point hole for monitoring pre-comparator signal

Key Specifications

  • Power supply requirements: regulated 5 VDC, 8 mA
  • Communication: High (3.9 V) / low (0 V) signal oscillates with motion
  • Dimensions: 1.83 x 1.87 x 0.69 in (46.5 x 47.5 x 17.6 mm)
  • Operating temp range: 32 to 131 °F (0 to 55 °C)

Application Ideas

  • Security systems
  • Automatic door openers
  • Automatic lighting
  • Nuisance animal deterrence

NJR’s K-Band Doppler module can be broadly categorized into two segments: 24 GHz Doppler Module with Pulse Operation (Single Port – NJR 4269) and 24 GHz Doppler Module including MCU (microcontroller unit – NJR 4266).

The K-Band is a low-cost, short-range sensor designed to target a varied range of applications. The microwave sensor operates at 24.125 GHz ISM band and incorporates a Gunn oscillator, mixer and a simple coupling/duplex configuration.

Salient features, specifications and market usage of the K-Band Doppler module are detailed below.

K-Band – 24 GHz Doppler Module with Pulse Operation (Single Port) – NJR 4269

The NJR 4269 is a 24GHz doppler module that detects motion using the microwave doppler effect. The main theme of NJR 4269 revolves around practical issues like facilitating low power consumption, low voltage operation and enabling a design that is cost effective in the competitive marketplace.

Features

  • Possible to operate with pulse cycle
  • Single Port
  • Low power consumption operation
  • DRO: Dielectric Resonator Oscillator equipped
  • Integrated with built-in patch antenna
  • Fully compliant with EC Directive and FCC Certification

The main characteristic of the K-Band 24GHz Doppler Module is its minimum power consumption operation – 3V x 30mA x 0.5% (Duty: 5 usec width, 1 msec cycle) = 0.45 mW (450 uW).

K-Band – 24 GHz Doppler Module including MCU (microcontroller unit) – NJR 4266

The NJR 4266 is designed for detecting motion of low speed moving objects from a distance of 3m. The intelligent motion sensor detects movement of objects through a software embedded inside. The concept is similar to the NJR 4269, which is minimum power consumption, low voltage operation, and cost competitive design.

Features

  • Pulse cycle operation mode for low power consumption (Target: 2 mA @ 3.3V VDD)
  • Motion sensor based on 24GHz microwave Doppler effect technologies
  • Antenna, RF circuit, IF amp, MCU, and Voltage Regulator are integrated into one small package
  • MCU Communication is available by I2C or UART interface and also stand alone operation available.
  • Multi-software Line-up (Planning)
  1. Random noise reduction for misdetection
  2. Direction discernible human-body detection of the approaching to and leaving from
  3. Presence sensing that capture the micro-vibration of the human body
  4. Position estimation detection of human body
  • All devices are compliant with EC Directive and FCC Certification.

Applications and Usage of NJR’s K-Band 24 GHz Doppler Module

  • Intrusion sensors and security systems
  • Automatic operation of taps, doors, and lights.
  • Street lights and warehouse high bay lights.
  • Automatic vending machines
  • Consumer appliances like Air Conditioner, LCD and LED Bulbs.

For more information on X-band (10GHz) and K-band (24GHz), contact a WPGA team member at 888-WPG-8881.

NXP Brings Solutions for the Smart Home

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NXP Semiconductors, a global technology leader, has announced the industry’s most defining smart home solutions through a press release from Las Vegas, originally published in January. NXP’s smart home solutions, a realistic extension of NXP’s commitment to making homes smart, convenient, more secure, and connected, comprises a wide array of critical technologies, which are integrated into the designing of smart home end products.

The highly integrated solutions encompass a range of production modules and reference designs for diversified applications like motion sensing, smart lighting, smoke detection and smart home appliances. Moreover, the solutions also streamline the product creation process for smart home product manufacturers while paving the way for customers to enjoy the convenience of easy-to-use smart products that are secure, easy to control and set up.

“Today, service providers make it easily accessible for consumers to create their own smart home, but the complexity often comes with the initial setup of devices which are as diverse as the standards in which they operate,” said Olivier Harquin, general manager of smart home solutions at NXP, adding, “NXP provides a complete solution that embeds all of the key elements to enable secure seamless, convenient consumer experiences that people demand.”

 

Striking Features of NXP’S Comprehensive Range of Smart Home Solutions

  • End-to-end security systems that take care of consumer valuables with top level privacy from node to the gateway to the cloud.
  • NFC commissioning for secure “tap and connect” communications between smart devices and smart home network.
  • Industry leading best-in-class algorithms that are programmed for better voice activation and context sensing functions. Featuring low power microprocessors, these algorithms are compatible with most third-party speech recognition software, enabling devices to extend the battery life by staying active in sensing mode.
  • ARM-based i.MX application processors, integrating complete software and hardware support for gateways.
  • Unmatched wireless technology that allows for optimal connectivity and interoperability across Thread, ZigBee 3.0, Bluetooth, Low Energy (BTLE), and BLE Mesh.

NXP’s Smart Home Development and Evaluation Suite

  • NFC integrated Smart Lighting reference designs based on advanced technologies like Thread, ZigBee 3.0, and BTLE.
  • Smart Home end node solutions powered by NFC technology with tap and connect commissioning for smart plugs, occupancy and motion sensors, smoke detectors, and a range of other nodes from various global partners.
  • Evaluation Kit (EK-004) featuring the latest NXP ZigBee technology such as the JN5169 microcontroller, and PN7120 NFC reader.

Market-Ready Modules of Smart Home Solution from NXP

JN5169 and JN5179 are two product-ready modules that are conceptually designed to reduce complexities of the end-user. The modules, available off-the-shelf, are industry compliant with the necessary safety certifications.

NXP Demonstrates Smart Home Solutions at CES 2016

NXP demonstrated its complete range of smart home solutions at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2016 in Las Vegas. Enthusiastic CES attendees thronged the NXP pavilion area and explored the “tap and connect” experience of the Internet of Things. Overall, NXP’s smart home solutions received rave reviews and strong recommendations from every corner of the industry.

This article is part 3 of the 7-part “Get Smart with NXP” series.

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