Cassia Networks, at Bluetooth World unveiled its official SDK that will give developers and vendors the ability to create new applications utilizing the extended range for Bluetooth devices that its flagship product, the Cassia Hub, enables. Cassia Networks also announced that it has received early interest from companies like Epson, Foxconn, Hupu, Zepp, CiMing, iHealth and many others, which have started developing on the Cassia Hub SDK to improve the Bluetooth connectivity and Internet of Things (IoT) experience for their customers.
Winner of Best of CES in the Connected Home category, Cassia Hub is a first of its kind Bluetooth router capable of extending Bluetooth's range from 30 feet to 1,000 feet and expanding the number of devices a smartphone can pair with from 1:1 to up to 1:22 Bluetooth devices. After launching at CES 2016, Cassia is moving forward with the next phase in its development to make the Cassia Hub available and accessible to more individuals and developers.
Cassia's SDK includes user manual documents and a software package that can be easily incorporated into native apps and servers of Bluetooth device manufacturers. Once integrated, Cassia's SDK offers end users the ability to control many of their Bluetooth devices over long distance simultaneously, securely, and in real-time through the Cassia Hub using a native application and/or servers. All this can be done without modifying existing Bluetooth devices.
Some key features of the SDK include:
- Support of heightened levels of security and real-time, long range (up to 1,000 feet), one-to-many extended range BLE devices communication and control to enable more users across a wide variety of Internet of Things (IoT) applications
- Remote control and multi-role access mode
- Compatibility with many mainstream development forms (e.g. Android, IOS, Windows, and Linux etc.) and programming languages (e.g. Java, C#, and node.js, etc.)
- Easy to implement and no need to modify existing BLE end devices
- Incorporation with existing Bluetooth vendor and developers' native apps and servers for more seamless integration
“Since the Cassia Hub is a first of its kind Bluetooth router, we wanted to give developers access to all of its features to unlock its fullest potential,” said Felix Zhao, CEO of Cassia Networks. “Our partners are already finding innovative ways to leverage Bluetooth's extended range using the Cassia Hub and we're very excited for future opportunities this will bring.”
With new partners, it's forging more applications and paving the way for even more possibilities across vertical industries such as fitness, healthcare, sports, education, safety, industrial, and automotive to name a few.
“The Cassia Hub offers the world's first 1,000 ft. Bluetooth router and is redefining Bluetooth technology as we know it. The EPSON SmartBand, a wearable device intended for users in gyms and senior facilities, will be used for real-time monitoring of one's heartbeat and we see lots of potential collaboration for fitness and other similar applications in the future,” said Yingchen Ma, Senior Specialist with EPSON.
The Cassia Hub is also proving beneficial in the healthcare and medical space.
“We often face the challenge of how to connect different health devices from different manufacturers,” said Dr. Xiaohong Han, CEO of CiMing Health Checkup Group, one of the largest healthcare providers in China. “Cassia's new Bluetooth technology helps us integrate everything so we can manage all of the information from Bluetooth devices on one platform and the extended range and ability to penetrate walls makes it extra useful for doctors or nurses who are always moving about.”
In sports, the Cassia Hub is helping improve competitive levels and endurance of athletes as well.
“We find the Cassia Hub's extended Bluetooth range of 1,000 feet perfect for measuring data statistics from sports objects like soccer balls or tennis rackets,” said Xiaowei Dai, Co-founder of Zepp, a company that empowers athletes and coaches with meaningful performance information to help them improve their game. “This was not previously possible with other wireless communications protocols such as Wi-Fi.”
Source: Cassia Hub