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TÜV Rheinland extends Sigfox and LoRa testing

Steve Rogerson
January 30, 2019



German independent inspection company TÜV Rheinland is expanding its Sigfox testing and certification services and has been authorised for the Sigfox Verified certification process. It has also been named a third party authorised test laboratory for the LoRa programme in Europe and hopes to extend this shortly to the USA and Asia.
 
From the beginning of this year, the global testing service provider has offered Sigfox Verified RF plus protocol testing with an R&S test system in addition to Sigfox Ready testing in its laboratory in Taiwan. This means it can cover the entire range of Sigfox testing and certification services worldwide, and aims to strengthen its position as a global testing service provider in the IoT market.
 
In 2016, TÜV Rheinland was selected as authorised testing service provider for the Sigfox Ready certification programme for end products, and it now claims to have the world's largest Sigfox laboratory network. Its product test centres for Sigfox applications are in Asia, Europe and the USA.
 
Sigfox is a IoT wireless network provider and is committed to the implementation of individual, licence-free standards for LPWAN technologies. These wireless technologies enable the low-cost and energy-efficient transmission of small data volumes over long distances – a crucial prerequisite to connecting ever more objects to the internet.
 
"With its technology, Sigfox offers a particularly low-energy and cost-effective option to connect things to the internet and has therefore become a key driver of the internet of things," said Stefan Kischka, vice president at TÜV Rheinland.
 
With the entire range of Sigfox testing and certification services, the testing service provider will also be able to offer its customers regulatory approvals as a one-stop service.
 
"In addition, this portfolio expansion is a further milestone that underlines our global commitment in the field of wireless technologies and brings us another step closer to the fulfilment of our TÜV Rheinland Wireless Strategy 2020," said TÜV Rheinland wireless expert Bircan Taslica.
 
TÜV Rheinland has been involved with the LoRa Alliance since the necessity for support globally from an independent laboratory was in demand. The positioning from the outset as a contributor member was approved and has subsequently played a key part of the certification scheme.
 
The company’s alignment with the LoRa Alliance has been an easy transition since visions are very similar; the aim is to work towards developing the standards where harmonisation in the interoperability of devices and networks can be realised. The aim is to support all parties who are working towards the LoRa Alliance ecosystems for attaining mutual technical and commercial success.
 
“We are delighted to communicate that we are the independent truly global third party authorised LoRa Alliance test laboratory with strong commitments to service all geographies in line with our global lab presence,” said Kischka. “It’s our intention to support our array of customers in all verticals with the challenges they face with respect to wireless technologies, LoRa being a very important one. With our established team from the industry, we have the capability and the competence to build a strong position in all areas of the wireless market.”
 
Thanks to this diverse expertise and its resources, TÜV Rheinland distinguishes itself as a testing service provider that can cover all the wireless communications service needs of a customer, regardless of its industry, globally and comprehensively, providing consulting services, testing, market access analyses for new technologies, and independent tests and certifications.
 
Founded 145 years ago, the group maintains a worldwide presence of more than 20,000 people; annual turnover is nearly €2bn. The company inspects technical equipment, products and services, oversees projects, and helps shape processes and information security. Its experts train people in a wide range of careers and industries. To this end, TÜV Rheinland employs a global network of approved labs, testing and education centres. Since 2006, it has been a member of the United Nations Global Compact to promote sustainability and combat corruption.