LoRa Device Certification extended with Antenna Performance Evaluation
New antenna performance evaluation for LoRa devices – already available at 7layers
7layers has extended its scope of LoRa certification services with new LoRa RF antenna performance requirements. LoRaWAN, a low-power wireless network protocol for Internet of Things (IoT) devices and services, is based on an open industry standard called “LoRa”, which is managed and controlled by the LoRa Alliance. Generally speaking, IoT services depend heavily on reliable connectivity, since the loss of a radio connection can lead to the interruption of an IoT service and disappointed users. Eventually it may even put the whole business case of an IoT services provider at risk. Therefore, it is very important that all wireless components in an IoT service system meet the expected performance criteria and secure the dependable transmission of data.
To achieve this, the LoRa Alliance has been active in developing a new RF antenna performance test specification in addition to the LoRa core specification. 7layers has been a member of this activity group for several months and finally demonstrated compliance to the new RF specifications by testing several appropriate reference devices. Again, 7layers is one of the first consulting, engineering and testing providers to offer a new LoRa service to interested stakeholders such as connectivity providers, service providers and LoRa end-device manufacturers.
“We expect that by expanding the LoRa Alliance certification scope in this manner, the whole LoRa ECO system will benefit long term”, explains Thomas Jaeger, Director of Global Business Developments and Innovations at 7layers, “and we are very proud to be once again in the first row of providers of new innovative LoRa services solutions”. 7layers, an experienced provider of wireless engineering, test and certification services is a CONTRIBUTOR member of the LoRa Alliance, authorized to provide not only LoRa Alliance certification services but ideally combines this with IoT-services support, RF consulting and LoRa test set-up developments.
About 7layers: 7layers is a group of engineering & test centers specializing in wireless technologies. The organization supports the development, testing and market access processes of connected devices, as well as the set-up and maintenance of smart IoT services. Stakeholders in IoT processes, such as manufacturers and suppliers of connected devices, wireless component manufacturers, network operators, application developers and the service providers themselves benefit from using 7layers services and supporting tools.
7layers services for connected devices encompass wireless testing for all important radio technologies plus EMC and OTA testing, conducting conformance, interoperability and field test processes. The test services are enhanced with test plan strategies, antenna and module integrations support and RF consulting. Certification and international type approval handling (RED, FCC, ISED Canada etc.) completes the portfolio.
IoT processes are supported with technical consulting, analysis of suitable technologies, reviewing requirements, benchmarking plus the development of specifications, quality policies, test specifications and test cases. 7layers also provides the new Interlab EVO Test Management System for the verification lifecycle management of connected devices and Smart Services.
About Bureau Veritas: The parent company of 7layers is the Bureau Veritas Group, a global leader in testing, inspection and certification, serving a large variety of industries. Bureau Veritas maintains a number of smart world laboratories throughout the world, of which the 7layers group, with its service centers and accredited test labs in the USA, Germany and Asia, forms an integral part.