Connected device engineering services specialists worldwide
The speed with which technological progress is currently changing many aspects of our daily lives is phenomenal. The Internet of Things (IoT), and with it connected devices, are leading to a lifestyle and work environment that is more efficient and convenient. Both private and public sectors will benefit in areas as varied as transportation, manufacturing, smart home, agriculture, health, education and many more.
Bureau Veritas has not only supported the test and market access processes of wireless connected devices for many years, but also the development of wireless technologies, the respective specifications and certification programs. These skills and experiences make us a sought-after partner of all those industries that are relying on the implementation of wireless connectivity for their smart IoT services and products.
- Requirements capturing: This is the first step in a requirements engineering process. To establish a complete requirements specification, Bureau Veritas performs the following activities:
- Initial requirements capturing and elicitation: For this purpose we interview IoT Services stakeholders and potential users about their demands, business cases, user stories etc. We also analyze conceptual papers, feasibility studies, already existing product or services descriptions from various sources.
- Requirements classification: Once the requirements have been captured, they are classified according to architectural / design requirements, functional and non-functional requirements.
- Structuring of requirements: Requirements are structured according to characteristics such as hardware, software, communications, interfaces, security, electrical mechanical etc.
- Description and documentation of IoT process requirements: After classification and structuring, the requirements are described using formal description techniques. Especially for processes as complex as IoT Services set-ups, the requirements should be documented in a system that allows for continuous requirements management.
- Test plan strategy: Manufacturers of wireless and IoT devices can benefit from Bureau Veritas' specially developed test plan strategies, when bringing their products to the global market. A test plan strategy depends on
- Technical differences between single models: After a detailed analysis of your product portfolio and the general product features, we determine the technical differences between single models. Depending on the structure of your product portfolio it is possible to re-use certain results, thus saving valuable test and documentation time.
- Your target markets: The test plan strategy is also influenced by the markets you are aiming for. Some regulatory or certification bodies accept test results and certification notes from other parties, whereas others do not. For this reason it can be beneficial to establish a specific order for test, certification and market access procedures. Understanding this and turning it to your advantage can help you save both money and time to market.
- Module integration: Manufacturers integrating wireless modules into their new, smart products, have to follow wireless specific rules for testing, certification and labeling. Bureau Veritas has years of experience with short range devices and radio technologies such as NFC, Bluetooth, Zigbee, Thread, WiFi, DSRC, SigFox, LoRa, 2G/3G/4G-LTE/5G, GPS, ... We have been working together with world’s leading module manufacturers and integrators for years with our advisory services helping you meet your time-to-market targets.
- Market Access: 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.
- Certification Compliance: In the event that integrated modules are updated, end-products may need certain re-testing, certification and/or type approval. This can cause a lot of uncertainties and work for end-product manufactures. In order to minimize the necessary efforts, Bureau Veritas sets up certification maintenance framework, together with module manufacturers, which describe the conditions that need to be taken care of when integrating updated modules and which are the appropriate regulatory and certification requirements that now have to be fulfilled.
- RF advisory: Enhance performance and time to market with RF advisory services for wireless connected devices. Bureau Veritas supports customers who are developing devices integrating wireless technology during the development phase, during the failure analysis process and during engineering change processes.
- We have many years experience in providing RF consulting and engineering services. Based on our support customers can enhance the radio performance of their wireless devices and smoothly run through the required OTA antenna test and certification processes.
- Should problems occur during the test & certification phase, or should you consider any engineering changes for your wireless device, Bureau Veritas provides specialist know-how to successfully address such issues.
- Failure Analysis: Ideal for customers whose device does not meet Radiated Spurious Emission (RSE) and/or over-the-air (OTA) performance, TIS or TRP. The combination of an in-depth noise profiling executed by an experienced RF engineer and the results from our pre-evaluation testing, are the core elements of the device failure analysis package. We identify the unwanted emissions that cause your device’s performance degradation and provide recommendations on how to solve any discovered issues.Device failure analysis includes
- Review of 2D and 3D drawings, schematics and Gerber files
- RSE and OTA testing
- Application of diagnostic techniques in a systematic way to investigate and improve circuit design
- Recognition and reduction of the most common EMI antenna structures that cause emissions and immunity problems
- Identification of EMI sources and apply solutions, including design reviews and troubleshooting at the component, PCB and system level
- Verification of the antenna matching and performance