Interlab Test Solution Bluetooth RF fully validated for AoA/AoD – Direction Finding

Interlab Test Solution Bluetooth RF fully validated for AoA/AoD – Direction Finding

We are pleased to announce that the Interlab Test Solution Bluetooth RF is now fully validated for AoA/AoD Direction Finding and listed in the summer 2021 Test Case Reference List (TCRL) by the Bluetooth SIG.
The Bluetooth low energy test package extension for Direction finding in accordance to the Bluetooth Specification Part: RFPHY, version 5.3 is now available.

A Bluetooth low-energy device supporting Angle of Arrival (AoA) and Angle of Departure (AoD) plays a central role for Direction Finding capabilities and will become an important feature for Bluetooth enabled products.
To qualify the new feature, the Bluetooth SIG has introduced a bundle of requirements for qualification.

The corresponding Bluetooth SIG qualification will become mandatory starting from October 2021.
The new TCRL will be published mid of July 2021.

The Interlab Test Solution Bluetooth RF meets all qualification requirements for Bluetooth RF and RF-PHY for Classic, Low Energy (LE) as well as Direction Finding.
Existing customers of the Interlab Test Solution Bluetooth RF can now upgrade their test platform to operate Direction Finding testing.
There is also an option just to purchase the Direction Finding Test Case package.

We continue our development in creating customer values for Bluetooth testing by our active participation to the Bluetooth SIG standardization.
Having a reliable, high quality and flexible test platform, an intensive contribution to Bluetooth SIG and deep cooperation with leading Bluetooth product provides is the key to our success for future developments.

For further information please contact sales@interlab.com

ETSI 300 328 V2.2.2 will become mandatory on the 6th August 2021

ETSI 300 328 V2.2.2 will become mandatory on the 6th August 2021

ETSI 300 328 V2.2.2, the European 2.4GHz harmonized standard will become mandatory on the 6th August 2021. The ETSI EN 300 328 transition period will end on this date. All products evaluated to previous versions will then need to satisfy the requirements for V2.2.2.

The specifications for broadband transmission in the 2.4GHz band are regulated by ETSI EN 300 328, such as:

  • Bluetooth Classic + EDR
  • Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)
  • Wi-Fi
  • Other wideband and frequency hopping (FHSS) data transmission equipment in the 2400-2483.5MHz band

7layers is authorized by the ioXt Alliance for the Mobile Apps Certification Program

7layers is authorized by the ioXt Alliance for the Mobile Apps Certification Program

7layers is proud to announce that the ioXt Alliance, the Global Standard for IoT Security, added 7layers as an authorized lab to the ioXt Certification Program for Mobile Apps. That makes 7layers to an exclusive test provider for the ioXt Alliance that can perform all testing required for Mobile Apps to be certified and to bear the ioXt Certification Mark.

During a pilot project, 7layers has successfully demonstrated the competence to verify cyber security of Mobile Apps based on established industry standards like the OWASP MASVS.

Manufacturers, ecosystem partners and end-users will benefit from the expertise and impartiality of 7layers to create the necessary trust and confidence in the baseline cyber security of Mobile Apps.

In addition to performing ioXt compliance testing, 7layers is also Contributor Member of the ioXt Alliance. “Participation in the ioXt Alliance compliance work groups allows 7layers to help to optimize the development and implementation of ioXt test plans,” said Michael Beine, Manager of Wireless IoT Testing and Business Development for 7layers.

To learn more about the ioXt Alliance and Mobile Apps Certification Program, visit: https://www.7layers.com/en/certification/ioxt-certification/

UNITED KINGDOM: UKCA marking and UK approval process

UNITED KINGDOM: UKCA marking and UK approval process

As follow-up on our NEWS from 19th SEP 2020 (https://www.7layers.com/en/united-kingdom-ukca-marking-after-brexit/), we want to inform as follow:

For getting market access in Scotland, England and Wales till 31.12.2021, the CE marking of products for showing compliance to RED regulation is fully accepted as a kind of transition period. This also applies in the case that an EU-type examination (TEC) has been issued in case of non-harmonized standard to demonstrate compliance with RED article 3.2.

Since 01.01.2021, a manufacturer has to issue a UK Declaration of Conformity (UK DoC*, similar to this for EU), as long the product fulfil the harmonized standards which are currently almost identically to them for EU**. If a product is not compliance to harmonized standard (“non-designated”), an UK Conformity Assessment Body must be involved for getting a UKCA certificate to demonstrate compliance with the UK Radio Equipment Regulations. This can be also done voluntary although fully compliancy to harmonized standards is given.

In other words: If a product needs a EU-type examination certificate for fulfilling the RED requirements, it will also need a UKCA certificate for market access in Scotland, England and Wales.

Btw, Northern Ireland is covered by EU regulations as before. There are just some minor cases where further rules should be considered (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/using-the-ukni-marking). While marking of products with CE-logo will be sufficient till end of 2021, from 01.01.2022 marking with UKCA mark* by fulfilling UK regulations is obligatory. The CE mark can be kept simultaneously. Till 31.12.2022, UKCA marking and labelling with importer company’s name and contact address can be done with a temporarily sticker or on accompanying documentation, after this date it must be a permanent marked on the product***.

* Guidance regarding the UK DoC and UKCA mark: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/using-the-ukca-marking#self-declaration

** Information regarding the designated standards: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/designated-standards-radio-equipment

*** Information for import requirements: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/placing-manufactured-goods-on-the-market-in-great-britain

7layers extends its LoRaWAN certification range with Specification 1.0.4.

7layers extends its LoRaWAN certification range with Specification 1.0.4.

7layers is proud to announce, that it is authorized to provide certification services according to new LoRaWAN specification. The LoRaWAN (Long Range Wide Area Network) specification is a Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) network protocol that supports secure bi-directional communication for Internet of Things (IoT) devices and services. The LoRaWAN Certification Program provides assurance to end customers that their application-specific end devices will operate on any LoRaWAN® network.

Previously, 7Layers was allowed to offer certifications up to LoRaWAN® Specification 1.0.2 as a LoRa Alliance® Authorized Test House (ATH).  Due to the successfully completed technical qualification by the LoRa Alliance®, 7layers is now additionally declared as an ATH for LoRaWAN® Specification 1.0.4. 7layers is now authorized to provide certification services for LoRa devices implemented according to the core specification version LoRaWAN® 1.0.4.

TURKEY: Import regulation change since November 2020

TURKEY: Import regulation change since November 2020

The Turkish authority for information technologies and communications BTK (Bilgi Teknolojileri ve İletişim Kurumu) updated their regulation for compliance to RED on 5th November 2020 (gazette no. 31295):
https://www.btk.gov.tr/telsiz-arayuz-ozellikleri

 

 

 

 

 

 

As conclusion, for products placing on their market, the CE Declaration of Conformity (CE DoC) must be translated into Turkish language as well as the user manual beside safety information. A simplified (or multi-language) CE DoC should be extended with Turkish written passus (as usual for other EU languages). A fully translated CE DoC should be available on a manufacturer’s webpage, pointed out in the simplified CE DoC.

MEXICO: Request for SAR evidence from 25th February 2021

MEXICO: Request for SAR evidence from 25th February 2021

The Technical Disposition IFT-012-2019, published by IFT (Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones) will come into force on 25th February 2021. It contains request for showing compliance with the maximum limits of non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation caused by telecommunications devices (public communication networks).
It will effect on those devices, which are intended to use close to human heads, especially ears, operating in a range of 300 MHz to 6 GHz, or with distance of =<20cm from human bodies in a operating frequency range of 30 MHz to 6 GHz.

This assessment must be carried out by local accredited laboratories and certification bodies by issuing a related Certificate of Conformity. For RF transmitter/transceiver with such a use case and a max power in all supported bands of 20 mW (13 dBm), local testing is not compulsory required. However, compliance with other standards like EN 62209-1 or EN 62209-2 must be shown. The assessment, respective the fulfilling of EN 62209 will be used for issuing new Type Approval Certificate by IFT by applications from 25th February. Extending of existing certificates (Renewals) are not affected.

MOLDOVA: Label regulation change from 22nd Feb 2021

MOLDOVA: Label regulation change from 22nd Feb 2021

From 22nd February 2021, an updated Moldova Government decision will come into force which includes an update regarding product marking. This change does forbid having CE mark and Moldova mark simultaneously on a device.

The Moldova mark is required only in case of national approval for devices which are not in compliance to CE regulatory and manufacturers don’t have a CE declaration of conformity. Devices which are conform with CE and where the national approval in Moldova was issued based on the CE conformity documentation, mustn’t be marked with the Moldova mark, the CE mark should be used for presenting the compliance. This regulation should be considered for devices getting their national approval from 22nd February 2021. Products approved before this date shall be labeled with SM mark. For this, the bearing of both SM and CE mark is possible.

 

 

 

Please note:
The CE declaration of conformity and the CE mark on the product is not sufficient for placing the products on the market of the Republic of Moldova. The usual approval process must still be followed.

MEXICO: Certificate owner update mandatory for import process from Feb 2021

MEXICO: Certificate owner update mandatory for import process from Feb 2021

A new IFT Conformity Assessment Procedure (PEC-IFT) for telecommunications and broadcasting products has been published in the Mexico Official Gazette and will take effect on 25th February 2021.

One of the topics is related to certificates, which were issued on the name of a 3rd party as local representative service. These 3rd party service providers have been able to optionally serve as certificated holders .

With the new regulation, approvals which require testing and are issued on the name of these 3rd party service providers are no longer allowed to be used for import.
Certificates held by 3rd party service providers and based on testing can no longer be used to demonstrate compliance during customs clearance and each importer must obtain their own IFT certificate and their respective CoC.

All IFT certificates where no testing was or will be done are not affected by this change.
For upcoming homologation process, it is no longer useful to involve any 3rd party local representative service as certificate holder for devices, which require laboratory tests, and a contact from local importer should be provided for approval, to serve as certificate holder.

Sri Lanka: New type approval regulation from DEC 2020

Sri Lanka: New type approval regulation from DEC 2020

The Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL) has issued “Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (RTTE) Type Approval

Rules 2020” with following major changes:

  • All products must be approved under the new RTTE Type Approval Rules from 16th DEC 2020
  • Already launched approval processes (before 16th DEC 2020) will get a certificate under the previous regulation
  • Approval certificates issued under the old rules, will expire on 17th JUN 2021
  • Certificates validity will be 4 years (before: up to 3 years)
  • National labelling will be mandatory
  • Samples are required on demand (1-2 devices)
  • Following RF products are exempted (as long they fulfil usual RED requirements):
    • Mounted SRD (e.g. in laptops) with radio technologies like WiFi or Bluetooth
    • Transmitter equipment with RF output power <50 mW (EIRP)
    • Devices intended for installing in vehicles as part of car navigation units, remote car keys that use short range technologies such as WiFi, Bluetooth, etc.
  • For devices which are exempted for national type approval, an exemption letter can be optional issued by ministry.
    Gazette of TELECOMMUNICATIONS REGULATORY COMMISSION OF SRI LANKA:
    Download here!

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