TÜV Rheinland authorized as test laboratory for Low-Power Wide Area Network LoRa Certification Program

Littleton, MA –TÜV Rheinland has been named global independent third party authorized test laboratory for testing and certifying according to the LoRa® certification program in Europe. TÜV Rheinland plans to extend its support in the US and Asia shortly – inline and on target with its “2020 Global Wireless / IoT Strategy.”

Digitalization and TÜV Rheinland

Working and living “smarter” for a better future in the Internet of Things (IoT) world is the common goal as part of global Digitalization. TÜV Rheinland has embraced these revolutionary changes in the market with significant investment on a global scale to ensure its international customers are well supported in all verticals when it comes to the additional requirements of IoT.

Wireless technology is nothing new, but how it is used is rapidly evolving. The multiple uses of wireless technology has become central to our everyday life, over and beyond what we know as traditional modes. For example, voice activation or input. As the demand of “more for less” grows (more data for less cost, less power consumption, smaller size etc.) innovation is being driven hard and fast to accommodate in every sector of industry.

It’s clear Low-Power Wide-Area Network (LPWA) technologies such as LoRa is fast becoming adopted as one of the accepted means of IoT connectivity. It’s also clear the numbers of predicted connections are vast within this domain. TÜV Rheinland has had IoT on its radar for some time, hence the reason to immerse itself with the LoRa Alliance as independent global laboratory supporting as a contributing member.

The commitment of TÜV Rheinland in this space is unconditional; our team of experts, established from within the industry, are driving the requirements in support of customer needs. Moreover, TÜV Rheinland is prepared to support the extended LoRa functional testing requirements with respect to international regulatory testing and certification. TÜV Rheinland is excited to take these steps with the LoRa Alliance and looks forward to providing support to the wider community with all wireless technologies in the very near future.

The LoRa Alliance

TUV Rheinland has been involved with the LoRa Alliance since the necessity for global independent laboratory support was evident. This positioning from the outset as a contributor-member was approved, and has subsequently played a key part of the certification scheme. TÜV Rheinland’s alignment with the LoRa Alliance has been an easy transition thanks to a shared vision: to work towards developing standards where harmonization in the interoperability of devices and networks can be realized. The aim is to support all parties who are working towards the LoRa Alliance ecosystems for attaining mutual technical and commercial success. We are becoming a large and strong family and it’s inspiring to see the continued growth of supporting members.

About LoRa Alliance

The LoRa Alliance is an open, non-profit association that has grown to more than 330 members since its inception in March 2015, becoming one of the largest and fastest growing alliances in the technology sector. Its members are closely collaborating and sharing their experience to promote the LoRaWAN™ protocol as the leading open global standard for secure, carrier-grade IoT LPWA connectivity.

With the technical flexibility to address multiple IoT applications, both static and mobile, and a certification program to guarantee interoperability, the LoRaWAN™ is already being deployed by major mobile network operators and is anticipated to widely expand in 2016.

About LoRaWAN

The technology utilized in a LoRaWAN network is designed to connect low-cost, battery-operated sensors over long distances in harsh environments that were previously too challenging or cost prohibitive to connect. With its unique penetration capability, a LoRaWAN gateway deployed on a building or tower can connect to sensors more than 10 miles away or to water meters deployed underground or in basements. The LoRaWAN protocol offers unique and unequaled benefits in terms of bi-directionality, security, mobility and accurate localization that are not addressed by other LPWAN.

For more information, visit http://www.lora-alliance.org

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