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SGS Laboratory in California, USA Gains Approval for Sigfox IoT Device Testing

Electrical and ElectronicsApril 01, 2020

Sigfox, a leading provider of connectivity for the Internet of Things (IoT), has given approval for SGS's laboratory in San Diego, California, in the USA to become an accredited provider of Sigfox testing services.

Sigfox 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. To allow the connection of low powered IoT devices to its network, the company demands products gain Sigfox Ready™ certification.

From its state-of-the-art laboratory in San Diego, California, SGS 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

In addition, SGS is approved to test against Sigfox Verified certification. This acknowledges compliance to RF & protocol specifications of Modular Designs – designs that are not intended to connect directly to the Sigfox network.

These include:

  • 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."

SGS Wireless Services

In addition to Sigfox testing, SGS has a strong and growing portfolio of certifications and accreditations throughout North America, Asia and Europe including laboratories worldwide that are ISO/IEC 17025 accredited. It 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. Its global presence makes it an industry leader in wireless testing and certification and a one-stop solution provider.

For further information, please contact:

Parthiv Parikh
Global Business Development Manager, Wireless Division
Consumer and Retail
t: +1 858 304 9154 

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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.

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