Press Release: April 02, 2020
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
"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,” said Parthiv Parikh, Global Business Development Manager at SGS.
“This speeds up the device's certification process, as only the Sigfox radiated performance tests are then needed at the end-device level.”
Wireless Services from SGS
As well as Sigfox testing, SGS has an extensive portfolio of certifications and accreditations throughout North America, Asia and Europe, including laboratories that are ISO/IEC 17025 accredited. The company offers testing services for LPWA technologies such as NB-IoT, CAT M1, LoRa in addition to GCF, PTCRB, CTIA, Bluetooth SIG, Wi-Fi Alliance, Thread, NFC, Wireless Power Consortium (WPC), USB, etc.
SGS completes its portfolio with International Type approvals, product safety, battery, chemistry and ecodesign services. With a global presence, SGS is an industry leader in wireless testing and certification and a one-stop solution provider.
For further information contact:
Global Business Development Manager, Wireless Division
Consumer and Retail
SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 94,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 2,600 offices and laboratories around the world.