Germany’s wireless experts deliver one-stop global support
TÜV SÜD Germany’s team of 35 experts have specialist knowledge and a proven pedigree in supporting a wide range of industries that use wireless technologies in the connected world. Based in Straubing in Southern Germany, the laboratories deliver wireless, EMC and environmental testing combined with certification according to the European Union’s Radio Equipment Directive (RED), as well as Federal Communication Commission (FCC), Industry Canada and Japan Radio regulations, alongside global market access for devices with wireless capability. With an in-depth understanding of the market pressures faced by clients, the team is focused on helping them to gain and maintain a competitive edge.
Thomas Ring, Senior Account Manager for Global Market Access at TÜV SÜD Germany, said: “The world is becoming increasingly wireless and radio equipment covers an ever growing variety of products, driven by the growth of mobile devices and wearable applications. Our level of connectivity, at work and in the home, is growing as manufacturers continue to innovate and integrate more networked devices into their products. A world without WLAN, Bluetooth or ZigBee is hardly imaginable today. We are completely focused on helping our clients to bring wireless products to market quickly, which comply with strict regulations and protect the health and safety of end-users.”
Global capability As part of TÜV SÜD’s Global Market Access service, the German team have a close working relationship with their counterparts in both the global TÜV SÜD network and TÜV SÜD BABT, one of the world’s leading telecommunications certification bodies. This helps clients to plan more efficiently for meeting market entry regulatory and technical conditions for any region in the world.
The TÜV SÜD Germany team can manage the entire product approval process, including the completion of applications forms and liaison with the regulatory authorities in each country. Delivering a local service, backed up by the breadth of knowledge from experts across the world, means that the Straubing laboratories can offer customers a solution tailored to suit their particular business, product and market needs.
The advantage of this ‘one-stop-shop’ global capability is that TÜV SÜD Germany’s clients can be assured that they have access to the most comprehensive best-practice advice, which is delivered to them face-to-face by consultants and engineers based in Germany.
Thomas continues: “TÜV SÜD is highly committed to the wireless market and the number of specialist operations that we have across the world, including China, Germany, Japan, North America and the United Kingdom. This gives our clients a distinct advantage, as we are able to provide the full range of test and certification services under one roof. The team in Germany can easily access the specialist knowledge of our global experts, to deliver best practice advice in a wide range of industries such as aviation, defence, electronic consumer products, industrial, marine, medical devices, payment systems, telecommunications, and communication technology infrastructure and equipment.”
Delivering against market pressure As the wireless market continues to experience rapid expansion technological development, it has also seen ever-increasing competition between wireless solutions manufacturers. Such competitive pressures require the optimisation of time-to-market for wireless devices. The TÜV SÜD team are therefore focused on easing the demands put upon their clients’ businesses by offering a comprehensive and flexible compliance service that optimises time to market for new products.
Thomas explains: “We are much more than a ‘test house’ as we are fully focused on supporting our clients to minimise their competitive pressures. Our loyal clients continue to work with us as we understand their business need to ensure not only that their products are compliant, but that they get to market as quickly as possible. Any increase in time could cost millions and have a huge impact on their competitive market position.”
Having both a 10 metre and three metre fully anechoic and semi-anechoic EMC test chamber, allows the team to test a wide range of wireless products, from small mobile phones to larger industrial equipment. Testing can be completed either within TÜV SÜD’s laboratories or at a client’s site.
To support manufacturers operating in highly competitive markets, the TÜV SÜD team offers a one-stop wireless testing and certification service for technologies such as WLAN (2.4 & 5 GHz), BT, RFIDs, RADAR (76/77 GHz) and other SRDs, as well as international type approval in 180 countries.
The German team always ensures that they are up to speed with the latest technology trends in order to support clients with an effective and comprehensive service. This has included a move into the automotive market, which is introducing increasingly more complex and convergent technologies, and is making the compliance process ever more intricate and unpredictable.
Move into automotive wireless TÜV SÜD’s expertise in wireless technology for the automotive sector is especially significant as now the entire automotive supply chain (manufacturers, importers and integrators of radio equipment) has the European Union’s new Radio Equipment Directive 2014/53/EU (RED) to deal with. RADAR testing for automotive suppliers is also a growing area for the German team.
For the automotive industry, under the RED the most significant change is that radio broadcast receivers are no longer excluded from the scope of the directive. Previously such products were required to comply with the EMC Directive. Manufacturers must now re-test and re-certify products for sale in the European Union and European Free Trade Association countries. Consequently, many are finding achieving compliance to be a significant challenge as they have never before been required to undertake RF testing.
Thomas continues: “The benefit of having all of these services under one roof is that the time it takes to complete the entire test and certification service can be minimised. As our global teams work closely together, the process appears seamless to our clients, as we are able to minimise language barriers and deliver problem-solving. The wireless market is incredibly competitive and by working with us our clients benefit from the strength of 24 hour support from TÜV SÜD globally, but delivered as a local service - gaining them a competitive edge.”