TÜV Rheinland Blog - Stories from Asia and Africa

TUV Rheinland: Wireless Lab in Sweden Receives Accreditation

Posted by TUV Rheinland on Mar 15, 2018 9:00:00 AM

The global testing service provider’s Swedish national subsidiary, TÜV Rheinland Sweden AB, has had its wireless lab in Lund audited and accredited as a certification institution by the Swedish Board for Accreditation and Conformity Assessment (SWEDAC). This allows the company to carry out full compliance testing as an independent testing organization. “The lab in Lund, Sweden is a further milestone with which we can build up our global commitment in the field of wireless technologies, bringing us another step closer to fulfilling our TÜV Rheinland Wireless Strategy 2020. With this successful accreditation, SWEDAC has now confirmed our expertise in the field of wireless,” explains Stefan Kischka, Vice President of Wireless/Internet of Things at TÜV Rheinland.

Read More

Topics: Wireless

Compliance Considerations Smart Lighting Manufacturers Need to Make

Posted by TUV Rheinland on Mar 5, 2018 4:54:37 PM
Sagar-1.png

Sagar Patel, National Program Manager of Lighting Products, TÜV Rheinland

Mr. Patel has 10 years of experience in product safety testing and certification and over 5 years in Global Market Access. He oversees the operation of the Lighting Lab in Pleasanton and works closely with engineers, operations and sales. Mr. Patel is an active member of various organizations such as Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), Nation Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and represents TÜV Rheinland on various UL Standard Technical Panels such as UL 1598, UL 2108 and UL 8750 and IES Standard Technical Panel for Solid State Lighting.

Sarb_6.27.png

Sarb Shelopal, Global Director of Wireless, TÜV Rheinland

Mr. Shelopal has the responsibility to all regions on the emerging products. Mr. Shelopal has over 15 years of experience in regulatory EMC/Wireless testing and has held several positions with TÜV Rheinland including Director of Electrical Services, Division Manager for Telecom, Operations Manager, and Director of the Competency Center for ICT (Information Communication Technologies for TÜV Group). Mr. Shelopal is an active member in Thread , Wi-Sun, OpenADR, ZigBee and WiFi Alliance Group.


As IOT is growing exponentially, smart lighting is a popular industry topic. Did you know that smart lighting market will be worth 8.14$B by 2020 (according to Markets and Markets)? So, what do smart lighting manufacturers need to consider for compliance? What are the best ways to integrate wireless radio modules in today’s lighting products?

How has lighting changed? Are there new applications?
Outside of illumination, lighting now provides many other applications, including but not limited to:

  • Simulating sunlight (and thus increasing productivity)
  • Changing colors (thus affecting mood)
  • Temperature
  • Brightness
  • Syncing with music and video
  • Means of communication

As you see, lights are much more than they used to be. This makes compliance much more challenging, but interesting at the same time. In this blog post, we will look at considerations manufacturers need to consider. We will also take a look at whether it is best to custom build or use pre-approved radio modules.

What are the key considerations manufacturers need to consider?Light_bulb-1.png
So, now that we explored applications, here are the four main categories manufacturers need to consider:

  • Regulatory Compliance - Requirements include standards related to Product Safety, Electro-Magnetic Compatibility (EMC), Wireless, Environmental and Energy Efficiency.
  • Interoperability – Create a test plan based on the intended environment with different technologies (I.e. ZigBee is often used for home lighting application; IP based building management systems (BMS) for buildings)
  • Performance – Testing products to industry specific requirements, custom protocols or specific conditions.
  • Security (Network) – I.e. Communication devices using standard 802.11 a/b/g/n wireless communication protocols uses the appropriate encryption provided by the network.

Are off-the-shelf pre-approved vs. designing custom radio modules better?

Both pre- approved and custom radio modules hold unique benefits, while they can also be applied in different environments.

Pre-approved Radio Module

Designing a Custom Radio Module

  • Key benefits:

- Speed up the compliance process
- Reduce overall cost
- Only the end-product will require testing and not all the RF-functions of the radio module (if there are no modifications)

  • Consider the manufacturer’s target markets
  • U.S. and Canada accepts modular approvals.
  • Review the approval certificate in detail (install, usage instructions and any limitations on the authorization or restrictions of use).
  • Ideal for end product manufacturers with many products that communicate using a proprietary technology or in a specific spectrum (e.g. 434 MHz).

  • The radio module can then be tested and certified for the appropriate target markets for modular approval or within the lighting product.

Are There Specific Power Limits? How are These Controlled?
Make sure to know the rules and target country’s published maximum regulatory transmit power level limits for various frequencies. The actual transmit power level must be less than the published regulatory limits. In the U.S., the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has documented limits and procedures for transmitters and products operating in well-known and commonly used un-licensed bands:

  • 902-928MHz
  • 2400-2483.5MHz, and
  • 5725- 5850MHz

In other countries, these are regulated by Industry Canada (IC), European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC), Korea Certification (KC), National Communications Commission (NCC, Taiwan) and other similar organizations.

Now, that we have explored the areas of considerations, what types of testing should we consider?

Type of Testing:

Examples of Testing:

Electrical Testing

  • In-Situ Temperature Measurement Test (ISTMT)
  • Transient Protection
  • Photobiological Safety Testing

Mechanical Testing

  • Vibration
  • Mechanical Shock
  • Impact

Environmental Testing

  • Ingress Protection (IPxx)
  • Corrosion/Salt Fog
  • Temperature & Humidity
  • UV Exposure 

Photometry Testing

  • IES LM Standards
  • Design Lights Consortium (DLC)
  • Lighting Facts
  • Energy Star 

Security Testing

  • Wireless security testing
  • Internal and external penetration testing
  • Cloud security
  • Application security
  • Mobile security

For more information, speak to our experts: 

Contact us now

Read More

Topics: LED lighting, Wireless

TUV Rheinland: Wireless Offensive until 2020

Posted by TUV Rheinland on Feb 16, 2018 6:00:00 PM

As part of its global wireless strategy for 2020, the global testing service provider plans to invest more than €40 million in its wireless area in the next three years. These funds will be used to develop the testing facilities for future technologies, such as eCall and NB-IoT, and increase wireless laboratory capacities as a whole. TÜV Rheinland experts already operate laboratories for wireless communication technology and IoT products in Europe and the USA, as well as in Japan, China, South Korea, Taiwan and India. With this investment program, TÜV Rheinland is strengthening its position on the rapidly growing global IoT market and continuing its successful course in this area.

Read More

Topics: Wireless

TÜV Rheinland Issues the World’s First Zigbee 3.0 LED Light for LEEDARSON

Posted by TUV Rheinland on Dec 11, 2017 11:45:07 AM

On September 5, TÜV Rheinland issued Zigbee 3.0 certification for the LEEDARSON LED Dimmable Bulb. This is the first LED light in the world to be officially Zigbee 3.0 certified and implement Green Power Proxy Basic (GPPB) functionality.

Read More

Topics: IoT, Wireless

TÜV Rheinland: Global Involvement in the Field of LPWAN Wireless Communication Technologies

Posted by TUV Rheinland on Dec 1, 2017 6:00:00 PM

TÜV Rheinland offers inspection, certification, and market approval services for low-power wide-area networks (LPWAN) on a global scale, thereby positioning itself on the rapidly growing global IoT market. The portfolio includes the LoRa, Sigfox, WiSUN, NB-IoT (Narrowband IoT) and LTE-CATMx technologies. TÜV Rheinland is the only global testing service provider to cover all the relevant main LPWAN technologies on the market in its laboratories, thereby asserting its position as the leading testing service provider in the entire field of wireless technologies.

Read More

Topics: Wireless

TUV Rheinland acquires 4ffCom AG

Posted by TUV Rheinland on Sep 27, 2017 5:00:00 PM

Comprehensive testing environments (CTE) for customer-specific requirements / Global partner in the area of wireless networks / Complete range of wireless communication technologies for various industries

Read More

Topics: Wireless

Compatible to All Power Distribution Systems Wulian’s Smart Switch Products was awarded the CB Certificate from TÜV Rheinland

Posted by TUV Rheinland on Jun 23, 2017 6:46:02 PM

On May 24th, 2017, TÜV Rheinland Group (hereinafter as TÜV Rheinland) awarded a CB Certificate to the new smart switch, “ L/L+N wiring self adaptive lighting control switch”, developed by Wulian Co., Ltd. (hereinafter as Wulian), which marks the introduction of the product to the global market. Executives from TÜV Rheinland and Wulian, such as Shu Xu, Unit General Manager of Commercial Products of TÜV Rheinland Greater China, and Kun Hou, Unit General Manager of Electrical Accessories, Commercial Products of TÜV Rheinland Greater China, Ren Zhong, Vice President of Wulian, and Jian Zhu, Vice President of Wulian and Vice Chairman of the Board of zigbee alliance, all attended the certification awarding ceremony in Wulian’s headquarter in Nanjing.

Read More

Topics: Wireless

TUV Rheinland’s Silicon Valley Facility Tests Latest Wireless Devices

Posted by TUV Rheinland on May 29, 2017 11:12:41 AM

ABC’s Jonathan Bloom visited our new IoT Excellence Testing Center in Fremont, CA earlier this month. See his whole report and a quick tour of the new facility, where the hottest new devices will be tested before they hit the market.

Read More

Topics: Wireless, IoT

Wireless Revolution

Posted by TUV Rheinland on May 11, 2017 9:45:20 AM

The wireless industry is quickly evolving. Not only has the number of wireless devices increased dramatically, so has the need for connectivity solutions and IT services. In today’s SMART and connected world, manufacturers and service providers need to make sure they are covering all their bases when it comes to regulatory compliance.

Read More

Topics: Wireless, IoT