7 layers and Cinterion Wireless Modules Team Up to Optimize Certification Roadmap and Speed Implementation Timeline for M2M Solutions
Munich and Ratingen, Germany, 22nd June 2009: Cinterion Wireless Modules, the global leader in cellular M2M communication modules, and 7 layers, an international provider of test and market access services for products with integrated wireless technologies, have developed a cost and time saving roadmap for Cinterion customers that are implementing new Cinterion Connector Modules.
Cinterion’s new Evolution Platform, TC63i, TC65i and MC75i, offer significant improvements including a more compact size and backward compatibility with already existing platform products. The scalable platform allows customers to find the optimal product for their current demands with the ability to easily upgrade to higher functionality in the future – or even to develop several varying solutions.
End-user product manufacturers implementing wireless modules into their products have to follow a host of country specific, regulatory and type approval demands. Depending on the technologies in use, such products also may have to meet the requirements of certain certification regimes. Regulatory and certification requirements depend on factors like antenna integration, certification status of the module etc. Also the way the module has been built in, whether new functions have been added or the radiation has changed, may influence the certification requirements. Implementing already certified modules can keep the costs for end-user product certifications down.
“7 layers is our main competence center for test & certification services”, explains Lars Thyroff, Chief Marketing Officer, Cinterion. “We are very satisfied with the deep knowledge and understanding 7 layers gained of the technical aspects of our new modules. Combining this knowledge with 7 layers expertise regarding certification requirements enabled us to develop a concept that will considerably ease and speed our clients’ way to market.”
The MC75i, TC65i and TC63i and their predecessors were fully tested and certified by 7 layers. 7 layers has executed all applicable certification tests for R&TTE, FCC, IC, GCF and PTCRB for the MC75i, TC65i and TC63i.
“The new family of Cinterion Connector Modules have been rigorously tested in order to cover crucial regulatory and certification requirements”, explains Sven Luengen Team Manager “Test & Market Access Services” at 7 layers. “Cinterion’s main concern was to ease their clients’ way to the global market and we therefore developed a special migration and certification concept together with them. It enables OEMs to achieve certification for products with integrated, new Cinterion modules in the fastest and most efficient way.”
The concept describes the integration policy manufacturers have to follow in order to get the best benefit from the concept. In addition to that it explains a number of rules that have to be taken care of in order to fulfill regulatory and certification requirements for end-user products with implemented certified Cinterion modules.
The migration concept provides advantages such as
- Cost reductions of 25% to 70%, depending on product and target markets, due to 7 layers experience with the Cinterion modules
- Faster time to market if using results of certified Cinterion modules
- Preparation of technical construction files within short term.
- Availability of all necessary certification documents at 7 layers, easing paper handling and documentation
Cinterion’s new Evolution Platform Modules can be integrated into M2M solutions including metering, security, remote maintenance and control, vending, POS and more. Often manufacturers from such industry sectors do not have a long standing experience with the rules and regulations applicable to radio products. They in particular will benefit from the new migration and certification concept developed by Cinterion and 7 layers.
About 7 layers
7 layers is an international group of test and service centers for the wireless communications industry with broad expertise in conformance and field testing, certification and type approval handling for products with integrated wireless communications technologies such as GSM, GPRS, 3G, HSPA, GPS, Bluetooth etc. End product manufacturers, component and reference design manufacturers as well as network operators and technology associations benefit from the 7 layers’ services.
The 7 layers Test House provides test and market access services in accredited test & service centers in the USA, Germany, China, Korea, Taiwan, Japan and USA. Our clients can follow and manage their test projects conveniently via web-access. The 7 layers Systems House offers engineering services, supporting the development of certification systems, test specifications, test solutions and end-user products. The 7 layers Software House has developed the InterLab® Software System, which is ideal for intricate, distributed assessment procedures. More information at: www.7Layers.com
About Cinterion Wireless Modules
Cinterion Wireless Modules is the worldwide leading supplier of cellular machine-to-machine (M2M) communication modules and combines unparalleled M2M engineering expertise and localized worldwide customer support with a strong portfolio of high-quality GSM, GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA and UMTS products. Cinterion is a reliable partner and valued by many vertical market customers for its award-winning modules which enable machines, equipment and vehicles to communicate over wireless networks helping enterprises dramatically cut costs and increase productivity and efficiency. Cinterion products are carrier and FTA approved and used for industries including remote maintenance and control; metering; payment systems; industrial PDAs; routers and gateways; security systems; health care; automotive and eToll; tracking and tracing; environmental monitoring and more.