Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

TÜV Rheinland opens IoT testing lab in India

Steve Rogerson
May 23, 2019



German technical services company TÜV Rheinland has opened a wireless and IoT laboratory in the IT and design hub of Bangalore, India. The 1500 square metre lab will provide measurement and testing services in accordance with the latest international regulations.
 
The lab focuses on radio testing, radiated spurious emissions and radiated emissions testing as well as providing full wireless and IoT conformity assessment for a broad range of electrical, medical, commercial and automotive products. It also features the first third-party, three-metre fully-anechoic chamber in the country.
 
"The world is going wireless and the technology is invading everything, from farms and factories to self-driving vehicles and even people's pockets," said TÜV Rheinland vice president Andreas Hoefer. “The explosion in IoT devices is also widening applications still further and boosting demand for safe, reliable and standards-compliant products, many of which will be designed and manufactured in India for local and global markets. Launching a wireless IoT laboratory in a high-tech design centre like Bangalore puts industry-leading testing and certification capabilities closer to customers, helping them shorten development cycles and respond to opportunities quickly and cost effectively."
 
The laboratory is equipped to support testing for a wide range of products, such as smart meters, wearables, IoT gateways and mobile phones. It covers various protocols such as Bluetooth, wifi and Zigbee as well as 2G, 3G and 4G. The facility's features include:

  • Omnidirectional antenna performance testing for 2D and 3D pattern measurement;
  • Wireless alliance testing offering for LoRa and Sigfox; and
  • Chamber in line with the recommendations of 3GPP, Cispr, Etsi and FCC.
"The launch of the new wireless IoT laboratory in the heart of India's high-tech industrial sector underpins our commitment to supporting the country's development as an international design and manufacturing powerhouse," said Holger Kunz, executive vice president at TÜV Rheinland. “TÜV Rheinland will continue to expand this facility, strengthening its capabilities and providing world-class services to meet the evolving needs of our customers.”
 
Staffed by engineers, the lab can support round-the-clock testing activities in accordance with the international regulations. It is a Telecommunication Engineering Centre (TEC) designated CAB (Conformity Assessment Body) in India. It is also accredited under ISO/IEC 17025 (NABL) to perform RED directive testing, as well as American Association for Laboratory Accredited (A2LA) for the USA and Canada (FCC and ISED).
 
"In addition to shortening testing-turn-around times from weeks or months to a few days, customers will be able to actually see their device being tested and gain access to ongoing expertise, things that were previously impossible when they had to send products overseas," said TÜV Rheinland India managing director Thomas Fuhrmann. "The ease of scheduling lab slots, particularly during design and development stages, will simplify the entire process and significantly reduce the challenges of accessing lucrative but highly-regulated markets."
 
TÜV Rheinland provides independent inspection services, and was founded nearly 150 years ago. The group maintains a worldwide presence of more than 20,000 people; annual turnover is €2bn.