SGS, the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, is pleased to announce that its testing laboratory in San Diego, California has become the first in North America to gain Sigfox accreditation for Sigfox RF and protocol testing.
Sigfox, a leading provider of connectivity for the Internet of Things (IoT), has built a global 0G network to connect billions of “low-energy devices” to the internet, utilizing device-to-cloud communications to drastically reduce energy consumption and product costs.
Demand to connect low powered IoT devices to the Sigfox network, which requires Sigfox Ready™ certification, is rising. SGS in North America is now well placed to undertake these tests which cover:
- RF & protocol tests, to check Sigfox protocol & RF performance compliance
- Radiated performance tests, to assess the radiated performances of the device.
This approval builds on the laboratory’s existing approval to test against the Sigfox Verified certification standard. This recognizes compliance to RF & protocol specifications of Modular Designs – designs that are not intended to connect directly to the Sigfox network.
- Modules, which are ready-to-use components, to be soldered to a printed circuit board
- Reference Designs, which are a collection of schematics and Bill of Material documents (including components values and tolerances, PCB layout, PCB stack-up) meant to define hardware/software design
Parthiv Parikh, Global Business Development Manager at SGS, said:
“Having an accredited laboratory in North America that offers Sigfox RF & protocol testing is particularly attractive for module vendors as it allows the candidate end devices to inherit the Sigfox RF and Protocol conformity from the Sigfox Verified Modular Design.”
“This speeds up the device’s certification process, as only the Sigfox radiated performance tests are then needed at the end-device level.”