6 Steps to Certification for the "Internet of Things"

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April 11, 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 regulatory and industry tests and certifications. However, others need conformity assessment expertise and administrative 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 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, and 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), and 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 with 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.