What is ZigBee Testing & Certifications?
ZigBee is an alliance of companies developing reliable, cost-effective, low-power, wirelessly networked products based on the IEEE-802.15.4 wireless standard. ZigBee products are designed for a wide range of building automation, industrial, medical and residential control & monitoring applications. Is your company working with ZigBee wireless technology? If so, NTS can help get your products certified.
Currently, ZigBee is most popular for being the protocol of choice for smart meters and other smart grid devices (such as in-home displays and smart appliances). Some other example technologies supported by ZigBee include: lighting controls; automatic meter reading; wireless smoke and CO detectors; HVAC control; heating control; home security; environmental controls; remote control; health monitors; and others. As the first and largest certifier of ZigBee devices and an authorized ZigBee test lab, NTS offers formal certification of ZigBee platforms and ZigBee Alliance-recognized qualification of IEEE 802.15.4 components. Our testing facilities in the U.S., Japan and Korea can perform compliance/certification testing to make sure your products are compatible with the various ZigBee specifications and application layers/profiles.
NTS has participated closely in the development of the certification program which is ultimately governed by the ZigBee Alliance. All of the following certification/qualification requirements can be tested by NTS:
- Testing of the IEEE-802.15.4 PHY and MAC layers which form the foundation of ZigBee products
- Qualification to the ZigBee Compliant Platform (ZCP) standard – the basis for all ZigBee devices
- Compliance to the various ZigBee public profiles, including:
- ZigBee SE (Smart Energy)
- ZigBee Remote Control 2.0 (Consumer Electronics)
- ZigBee RF4CE (Consumer Electronics)
- ZigBee HA (Home Automation)
- ZigBee BA (Building Automation)
- ZigBee HC (Health Care)
- ZigBee LL (Light Link)
- As well as other custom, private and upcoming ZigBee profiles
In order to assist you in your testing needs, we have also developed ZigBee test harnesses which can be used to pre-validate your product before you send it in for certification. Test harnesses are currently available for ZigBee Smart Energy (SETest), Home Automation (HATest), and RF4CE/RC 2.0 (RCTest) with more harnesses in development all the time. These test harnesses are the same tools NTS uses internally to perform certification testing, and the same tools being used my several utilities to validate third-party products for roll-out on their networks. Each test harness comes with test scripts to allow you to validate your product to the ZigBee test specifications, as well as the ability to create your own custom test scripts to evaluate areas not covered by the test specification (e.g., boundary cases, negative cases, etc.). We also provide training and custom test script development to allow you to get the most out of the tools available.
NTS is the choice for ZigBee certification testing. Contact us today for more information!