6 Steps to Certification for the "Internet of Things"
April 11th, 2018
Here at Elite, we’re seeing many of our clients take steps to enable wireless connectivity in their products. Some of these firms have internal processes to get their products through the regulatory and industry tests and certifications. However, others need conformity assessment expertise and adminstrative assistance due to limited internal resources or time constraints.
At Elite, we’re expanding our wireless test, engineering, and support services to ease the burden on our clients and help them get their Internet of Things (IoT) and wireless products to market successfully. Elite's regulatory specialists and experienced test engineers can guide clients through the technical and administrative processes to complete testing and achieve certification when necessary.
1. Review and Analyze the Product and Requirements
We request that our clients provide all the available information on the radios and receivers, host device, intended applications, and target markets. Next, we review and analyze the information to create a compliance test and certification plan that will ensure all applicable government and industry requirements are addressed.
2. Prepare, Test, and Report
Since wireless tests require specific compliance configurations, Elite will schedule a pre-test meeting to confirm test plan details, review transmitter operations, and identify information and documentation required for testing and/or certification. With two 3-meter chambers, qualified EMC engineers, and a full-service Environmental Stress lab, Elite provides a full suite of services including related partner-provided services such as safety, SAR testing, protocol-interoperability qualifications, and RoHS/REACH. Elite can also support antenna development and Over-The-Air (OTA) testing with our new CTIA-compliant chamber and instrumentation.
3. Prepare Documentation
Elite provides compliance templates for labeling, manuals, DoC, and technical file structure. We can also prepare RF exposure assessments, safety evaluations, and can assist manufacturers with documenting the "Risk Assessment" - now a formal documentation requirement as stated in the European Union Directives and supporting guides.
4. Certify as Necessary
Some devices need to be certified for regulatory compliance. Elite is a certification body for the United States (FCC), Canada (ISED), and a notified body for the European Union.
5. Go Global
Beyond North America and Europe, Elite can obtain global certifications in nearly every market. Provide Elite will a list of target global markets and we can provide a plan and budgetary estimate of service fees.
6. Stay Current
When certified products change with new and updated features or when new regulations are published, Elite can signal the significance of these changes to your products.
Contact us today to learn more about how Elite can streamline your IoT and wireless product certification process.