EE Times University Series: Inside IoT - How to Defeat Wireless Device Test and Certification Challenges
A recent survey by EE Times of 200 engineers showed connectivity to be the number one problem IoT designers face, and there’s a reason for that: It’s hard. It’s hard to pick the right interface and it’s harder still to understand the full implications of that choice, from design through testing. That’s why this 3-hour course over three days at the end of November is so critical. By the end of it, designers will know:
- The main wireless connectivity options and their design and test implications.
- Why choosing pre-certified modules is helpful, but it’s just the beginning of meeting standards, certification, and regulatory requirements.
- What, exactly, are those requirements.
- What to expect and how to plan accordingly so a product gets through design and test, on time and within budget.
Day 1: What exactly is IoT, and what connectivity technology is right for my IoT application?
The real life application for IoT exists all around us, from connected cars, refrigerators, smart watches, thermostats and more. Each application has a unique requirement thus the right technology must be chosen to fit the application. With several of these to choose from, such as SigFox, LoRa, BT, WiFi, NB-IoT, and eMTC, it’s critical to understand the impact on your end application. This presentation gives an overview of each of the main IoT technologies by looking at market size, market acceptance, wireless coverage/range, mobility, data rate, complexity, cost, battery life, and more.
Day 2: Wireless Connectivity Testing Challenges and Considerations
Why is there a need for thorough testing of IoT devices? What types and at what stage of the device development life cycle is testing required? This presentation looks at different types and stages of testing (RF, Security, Data Throughput, Co Existence, OTA, etc.) that IoT device manufacturers will face and the challenges associated with this type of testing.
Day 3: IoT Device Certification
What is device certification and why is it required? This presentation looks at a majority of the certification bodies that come into play when building a wireless device based on the chosen wireless technology and the device application. It also covers what level of testing/certification is needed depending on the product integration approach i.e. Chip-on-Board approach vs. the Module-based approach.
Ak Emarievbe, CEO & Co-founder, Belvor Technical Resources
Ak Emarievbe is CEO & Co-founder of Belvor Technical resources; a company which specializes in providing turn key solutions and consultancy services for Wireless device and Mobile Network testing. Prior to starting Belvor, Ak spent over 10 years at Rohde & Schwarz as the Product Manager of the Wireless Device Testing Product portfolio, driving sales to well over $1 billion during his tenure.
Patrick Mannion, Consultant, ClariTek, LLC
Engineer and technology analyst, writer and and content development strategist focused on the electronics industry. Makes strategic content and editorial decisions to help the engineering community stay informed and managed design risk through live and online channels and events. Combines electronics engineering education and experience with purposeful and informed editorial.
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