Internet of Things (IoT) is a megatrend that manufacturers cannot afford to ignore. It is expected that IoT will connect as many as 28 billion devices by 2020, from wearables to smart home devices to connected cars. Consumers are willing to pay for the convenience of connected devices that can improve the way they work and live.
You may have the next killer product but you will need the right certifications to enter the market. For example, IoT/m2m devices have to meet GCF/PTCRB requirements to be deployed on the global mobile network. For IoT devices intended for use near to the human body such as wearables, you will also need SAR testing, a requirement of IEEE/FCC.
Interoperability plays an important role to help IoT reach its full market potential. IoT devices rely on various protocols to “talk to” each other and the internet. Currently there is no universal IoT standard to satisfy all market needs. Though interoperability is invisible to the consumer, it is essential that manufacturers ensure their IoT device can communicate seamlessly.
You may have the next killer product but you will need the right certifications to enter the market.
Why is the Internet of Things Testing Important?
Typically IoT devices are equipped with Internet-connected sensors as well as multiple radios that create and send data to its main platform. Such real-time data processing demands a certain amount of power from the device. IoT devices with wireless connectivity and/or battery capacity are subject to related regulations to ensure consumer safety.
To speed up time to market, you performe testing as well as safety compliance for your IoT device at an early stage.
UL is the approved testing lab for many IoT and wireless standards bodies such as Bluetooth SIG, Open Connectivity Forum (OCF), Thread Group, Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA), WirelessHD Consortium, and Zigbee Alliance. We offer safety testing to meet regulatory requirements such as FCC, EMC, OTA, SAR, and hazards-based regulations.
Through product testing, you can ensure product robustness and differentiate your IoT product in an increasingly crowded market.
UL Living Lab
UL is dedicating a lot of time and resources to helping IoT manufacturers understand and improve consumer safety compliance, interoperability and security. One example is the UL Living Lab set up by UL Consumer Technology Division for manufacturers who want to test their IoT devices in a connected home for interoperability and performance under real-world constraints.
Global Market Access
UL helps to simplify multiple market compliance by bundling product tests and certifications to meet all relevant national and regional market standards for Internet of Thing devices. Regardless of your location, this ‘one-stop-shop’ simplifies the process, reduces administrative and project management costs, and accelerates access to global markets.