SGS’s considerable experience in testing Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, and its global network of specialist electrical and electronic (E&E) testing facilities, make it the ideal partner when trying to understand regulatory compliance in the growing market for high tech kitchen products.
Demand for IoT products is growing around the world – by 2022 it is predicted the domestic product market will be worth around USD 53.45 billion. The popularity of cooking programs on TV, and the fact kitchens, alongside bathrooms, are the most renovated part of a house, demonstrate our general interest in food. Ironically, a study from 2014 showed that, despite this love of food and the desire for a nice kitchen, in the US and UK we only spend an average of 5.9 hours preparing food a week. In France, the figure is lower – 5.5 hours – with India being the highest at 13.2 hours.
The disconnect between our love of good food and the aspiration to have a lovely kitchen, and our wish to not actually spend much time cooking, fits in nicely with the growing market for IoT technologies aimed at the kitchen.
IoT is a system of interrelated devices that ‘speak’ to each other without human input. Sensors can be embedded in a wide variety of products, allowing them to perform several useful functions. In the kitchen, IoT devices can:
• Order groceries by scanning barcodes to create shopping lists
• Monitor natural gas and carbon monoxide levels, temperature, humidity and smoke, raising alarms when there is danger
• Help moderate diets by, for example, reducing the speed you eat at or analyzing beverages for calories/caffeine
• Suggest recipes – by monitoring inventory levels, the device can offer recipe ideas
• Act as sous-chef – a voice-activated digital assistant can help you prepare perfect meals
• Cook for you – some devices prepare and cook the food for you – e.g. smart pressure cookers with a database of recipes
There are many more smart technologies being incorporated into our kitchens – for example, smart cameras in the fridge so you can see what you have in stock when at the shop, or smart wine aerators for the perfect glass of red wine. IoT technology in the kitchen not only helps you to cook better, it also makes you safer, healthier, and can save you money and reduce waste.
To access markets around the world, IoT technology must conform to the appropriate regulatory requirements. There is no standardized technology for IoT; a number of different IoT technologies that can be employed, including narrowband IoT (NB-IoT), CAT M1, LoRa/Sigfox, Z-wave and Zigbee.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) enforces the following standards in the USA:
• NB-IoT/CAT M1 – CFR 47 Part 22, CFR 47 Part 24, CFR 47 Part 27
• LoRa/Sigfox – CFR 47 Part 15.247
• Z-wave – CFR 47 Part 15.247 or Part 15.249
• Zigbee – CFR 47 Part 15.247
SGS can test and certify products using these IoT technologies for both the US (FCC) and Canada (ISED).
In the European Union, products using these IoT technologies must conform to:
• NB-IoT/CAT M1 – EN 301 511 EN 301 908-1 EN 301 908-2 EN 301 908-13
• LoRa/Sigfox – EN 300 220
• Z-wave – EN 300 220
• Zigbee – EN 300 328
SGS can test IoT products using these systems and issue an EU Type Examination Certificate (TEC).
Smart technologies are often hidden technologies. The requirements for accessing target markets may, therefore, go beyond simple adherence to the standard for the IoT technology. For example, a beverage cup that measures caffeine content would also need to conform to food contact materials regulations. Depending on the product and target market, therefore, the manufacturer may also need to consider product safety, energy efficiency, performance, chemical testing (RoHS, REACH, California Prop 65, etc.), radio frequency testing, and electromagnetic compatibility (EMC).
SGS Electrical and Electronic Services
SGS has considerable experience in helping manufacturers successfully access E&E markets around the world. Backed by a global network of specialist laboratories, they can assist with EMC and RF testing, alongside comprehensive quality, safety and performance testing solutions for E&E and other consumer products. As the world’s leading provider of testing, verification and certification services, SGS has the breadth of experience across multiple consumer product lines to help manufacturers of IoT devices ensure their products comply with all appropriate regulations. Learn more about SGS E&E Services.
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