Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Dekra becomes LoRa test house in India

Steve Rogerson
November 5, 2019

German certification body Dekra has become a LoRa Alliance authorised test house for India band testing. It will provide local testing and certification services for manufacturers of communication devices, according to the LoRaWan standard.
"Dekra is accredited by the LoRa Alliance to perform IN865 band testing for India LoRaWan," said SenRa CEO Ali Hosseini.
SenRa, a contributing member of the LoRa Alliance, is a pan India LPWAN provider for IoT and M2M applications. It is is deploying LPWANs throughout India for projects that require secure, reliable, long-distance communications at low cost.
“This open global specification and facilitating certification in India is very important for us being a leading public network operator,” said Hosseini. "Dekra's certification will enhance the reliability of the devices as per the LoRaWan Indian specifications, which I feel is a must. We look forward to the collaboration and the expansion of LoRaWan certified devices in India."
Stan Zurkiewicz, executive vice president of Dekra, added: "This lab is a step in the evolution of Dekra in the testing, inspection and certification market in India. It will offer Indian original design manufacturers the same level of service for certification that is provided by Dekra in other parts of the world."
Dekra is expanding its wireless testing and certification portfolio of services for different market segments and countries to provide global and local offerings tailored to manufacturers' needs.
"With our new laboratory in Mumbai, members of the LoRa Alliance can get their devices certified, so end users may have greater confidence in the quality of their devices," said Ronjoy Rajkhowa, director of Dekra in India. “This lab will also provide a better path for validation to the multiple ecosystems of companies that are developing smart home and smart metering products in India.”
Dekra was founded in 1925 in Berlin as Deutscher Kraftfahrzeug-Uberwachungs-Verein eV. It generated revenues of more than €3.3bn in 2018. The company employs more than 46,000 people in around 60 countries on all six continents. Services include vehicle inspection, claims and expertise, product testing, industrial inspection, audits, consulting, training, and temporary work.
"As a part of our connectivity strategy, we will enable our network of laboratories worldwide to provide services for all the key technologies that are, and will drive the internet of things markets," said Diego Bartolome, wireless test manager for Dekra in Spain. "With this new test lab in India, Dekra is consolidating its leading position as a LoRa Alliance test house. Dekra is already providing certification services for all existing regions in the LoRa Alliance certification programme, with LoRa labs in five countries."
SenRa is working with global partners to deploy smart services such as water metering, smart agriculture, smart lighting, smart cities, logistics, and electric and gas meters.