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The Internet of Things (IoT) industry is expanding rapidly and is estimated to reach 20 billion connected devices by 2017. Connected devices such as smart meters and driverless vehicles that can improve our productivity with little human intervention are an attractive proposition. The smart devices need to communicate seamlessly with each other and the network in order to make the IoT dream a reality.

Open Connectivity Forum (OCF) certification testing helps manufacturers build consumer trust in IoT device interoperability. The test must be conducted in an OCF approved Authorized Test Laboratory in accordance with OCF policies.

Why is OCF Testing important?

OCF testing of IoT devices at design phase can help manufacturers detect/resolve interoperability issues and reduce the risk of costly errors before market launch. Once your product is certified, it can be assured it is compliant with the OCF technology requirements.

OCF is one of the largest IoT industry groups. IoT devices that operate on OCF protocol serve diverse markets from automation to wearables.

As of October 2016, IoT group AllSeen Alliance merged with OCF to collaborate on future OCF standards.

Why UL?

UL is committed to the continued development and widespread deployment of technologies in support of the IoT ecosystem. UL senior technical experts serve in key leadership positions in many of the current standards development efforts, including the OCF, the Thread Group, WBA, and the Air Fuel Alliance. UL is the exclusive testing partner for the Thread Group’s recently announced certification program. UL has extensive experience in IoT technologies, and can conduct testing at locations throughout North America, the Europe and Asia.