Sigfox accredited Test House criteria
Any modem or end-product intended to communicate on the Sigfox network will apply a Sigfox certification.
To foster the development of Sigfox certified end-to-end-solutions, the testing part of the Sigfox certification is being outsourced to Sigfox accredited test houses.
Two kinds of testing are being performed during Sigfox certification depending on the partner project:
- Conducted tests covering protocol and modulation aspects
- Radiated tests assessing the transmitter radiated performances
Conducted and radiated test specifications and test plan are available at the following link https://build.sigfox.com/steps/certification in the Sigfox ReadyTM and the Sigfox VerifiedTM pages.
The below table summarizes the testing to be done depending on the certification type:
Sigfox Verified™ Module
- Conducted tests
Sigfox Verified™ Reference Design
- Conducted tests
Sigfox Ready™ End Product
- Conducted tests(1)
- Radiated tests
(1) Applicable if RF design of End Product is carried out by Partner
Sigfox outsourced new test house accreditation is opened to any test house that at least complies with the below mandatory criteria. Today, only radiated tests are externalized to accredited test houses.
Sigfox certification applicability
Sigfox Ready certification
Not yet applicable
Sigfox Verified certification
NDA (non-disclosure agreement) is signed between Sigfox and test house
Lab has ISO 17025 accreditation including at least one radio international standard (accreditation certificate to be delivered including scope of accreditation)
Ex: ETSI EN 300 220-1, FCC 47 CFR Part 15, AS/NZS 4268…
Lab can perform RF performance testing according to the Sigfox test specification and test plan in radiated mode
Radiated test specification:
Lab can perform RF performance testing and protocol testing according to the Sigfox test specification and test plan in conducted mode
Conducted test specification:
Conducted test specification: Not yet applicable
Lab must own at least one full or semi anechoic chamber up to 1GHz to perform radiated tests automatically
Lab can perform accredited tests for at least one of the following type approval:
Lab agrees to inform Sigfox with the prices of a Sigfox certification tests (conducted and radiated) invoiced to the Sigfox partner and authorizes Sigfox to communicate them to partners
Lab agrees to inform Sigfox with the
Lab agrees to commit on a date of testing with partner
Lab agrees to provide a report to partner in English including the requested tests (radiated and / or conducted), test conditions and relevant information (photo, test setup…) based on the Sigfox certification test specification
Lab agrees to be audited by Sigfox
Labs agrees to perform testing on one golden device for free as a proof of testing capability (radiated and / or conducted)
Lab agrees to comply with test requirement upgrades and test equipment software upgrades being deployed by Sigfox
If lab applies for accreditation for conducted test, it should own at least one or several Litepoint equipments
Lab agrees to follow a training on Sigfox technology and certification processes
Lab agrees to include Sigfox test services in their web site
Some optional criteria may be taken into account for the Sigfox final decision of the candidate test house accreditation selection:
Lab has skills to support partner on
□ Sigfox technology
□ Antenna design
□ Type approval
□ NB (Notified Body)
□ TCB (Telecommunication Certification Body)
Accreditation will be delivered based on above criteria fulfillment and possibly with an accreditation audit performed by Sigfox.
Want to apply?
If you are a certification test house and you want to apply to the Sigfox certification test house accreditation, go the following link https://build.sigfox.com/steps/certification at the Sigfox Accredited Test Houses page and click on Submit your request on Sigfox Partner Network button. The Sigfox certification team will inform you on the next steps.