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LoRa Alliance expands certification programme

Steve Rogerson
June 6, 2019
The LoRa Alliance has expanded its LoRaWan certification programme. The enhanced certification testing suite meets the requirements of LoRaWan operators and assures end users that certified devices have the required quality and range to work on any network out of the box.
“LoRaWan is the de facto LPWAN industry standard,” said Donna Moore, CEO and chairwoman of the LoRa Alliance. “A key role of the LoRa Alliance is to ensure that all LoRaWan devices pass a comprehensive and rigorous test suite and deliver the quality and performance expected by installers and end users alike. With millions of LoRaWan devices in the field and deployment rapidly scaling, the LoRaWan Certified mark provides confidence to the market that devices will perform as intended.”
The enhanced certification programme offers benefits for device manufacturers, network operators and end users. Device manufacturers should save time and expense by undergoing a single certification process that covers conformance, interoperability and RF testing. Network operators no longer need to perform additional network testing on LoRaWan Certified devices. Finally, end users are assured that a device will deliver the expected performance.
“European LoRaWan operators recently mandated that only LoRaWan Certified devices can be used on their networks, underscoring robustness of our device testing and certification programme,” said Moore. “Further, this mandate is a key indicator of the maturity of the LoRaWan protocol and market desire for devices that carry the LoRaWan Certified mark of quality and brand promise.”
To accelerate the certification process further, the LoRa Alliance also introduced a member benefit, the LoRaWan LCTT certification test tool. The pre-certification testing tool is for use at a device manufacturer’s facility to pre-test and prove a device design before shipping it for formal certification testing. This benefits members by allowing full testing and regression testing of their device at their location, saving time and money by allowing them to debug and finalise their designs prior to starting the formal certification process.
With an initial release this week for testing in specific regions, full global availability of LCTT is anticipated in the coming months for LoRa Alliance members.
The LoRaWan Certification programme and LCTT will be discussed next Thursday (13 June) during LoRaWan Live in Berlin.