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TÜV Rheinland certifies LoRaWan in India

Steve Rogerson
October 23, 2019
 
German technical services company TÜV Rheinland has launched its LoRaWan certification programme in India. It has been selected to be the first LoRa Alliance authorised test house in India and will offer services for testing end devices in the 865 to 867MHz frequency band.
 
The test facility also plans to extend its authorisation for European ISM band EU 868 to 870MHz to support Indian end device manufacturers by certifying the devices for European markets as well.
 
TÜV Rheinland has worked with the support of LoRa Alliance member company SenRa to combine its expertise in the field of testing, RF and network connectivity to help test and certify end devices that will be using the LoRaWan stack in India. This collaboration will ensure the reliability of devices and confirm compliance with the standards and specifications set forth by the LoRa Alliance.
 
"The importance of device certification for the LoRaWan standard cannot be understated," said Donna Moore, CEO of the LoRa Alliance. "End-users must have confidence that devices will deliver the expected quality and performance. This is why we are making certification more accessible than ever before, through initiatives like adding local testing capability in India and providing the LoRaWan certification test tool that allows members to pre-test their devices."
 
Raghavendra Kulkarni, assistant general manager at TÜV Rheinland India, added: "We are now authorised to test and certify LoRaWan devices appropriate to LoRa Alliance requirements promoting harmonisation, quality and continued interoperability throughout the product test cycle in terms of functional testing in India. TÜV Rheinland is a contributor member in LoRa Alliance and are working together since 2015 to provide certified products. Co-work with SenRa and LoRa Alliance will benefit the LoRaWan IoT ecosystem in India."
 
SenRa, a contributing member of the LoRa Alliance, is a pan India LPWan provider, specifically LoRaWan for IoT and M2M applications. SenRa is deploying LPWans throughout India for projects that require secure, reliable, long-distance communication at low cost.
 
"We are excited about the advancements of the LoRa Alliance certification programme in India,” said SenRa's chief technology officer Kush Mishra. “As a public network operator, we rely heavily on our device partners to be compliant with LoRaWan specifications. Although we make sure all our device partners have gone through internal testing and fill out device onboarding questionnaire prior to deploying commercial projects, having the LoRaWan Certified CM stamp of approval will give us confidence that the device will work as well as exponentially reduce our project start date timelines."
 
TÜV Rheinland was founded nearly 150 years ago. The group maintains a worldwide presence of more than 20,000 people; annual turnover is €2bn.
 
SenRa has announced a partnership with Bosch to deploy wireless parking sensors to detect and report parking space occupancy, thus enabling active parking lot management features, such as search, navigation and reservation. The self-learning algorithm ensures high detection reliability during the whole sensor lifetime. Sensors operate at average detection efficiency of 96%.
 
The two companies have been working closely over the past few months to integrate Bosch technology with SenRa's LoRaWan and IoT platform, Ginjer, and have already started planning go-to-market strategies to deploy end-to-end services across many verticals.
 
"Bosch is one of the most innovative providers in the world and we are excited to have the opportunity to collaborate with them to tackle some of India's biggest challenges," said SenRa's chief executive officer Ali Hosseini. "The growth of the LoRaWan ecosystem in India is rapidly growing and having companies like Bosch in this ecosystem proves the strength of LoRaWan."