Hi, there are definitely testing houses for regulatory / association testing (PTCRB / GCF). CETECOM, 7 Layers and RFI are probably the best known ones. They follow tests based on the standards developed by the regulatory body.
For operator testing, you'll have to work with the operator directly. AT&T's certification is free. Verizon, I believe, does allow you to work with third-parties for an additional fee.
There's another thread which also has a lot of information about certification: http://m2m.com/message/1077
Thanks very much for the information,
As you have mentioned below, CETECOM, 7 Layers and RFI follow tests based on the standards developed by the regulatory body. What is this regulation body (PTCRB, GCF..??)
And when you say standards which standards do they follow? 3GPP , ETSI etc ?
And when they provide interoperability between M2M devices, is it on cellular technologies like (2G / 3G / LTE etc?). Do they use simulators to provide such testing?
It will be really good to know to clear doubts.
Thanks very much and really appreciate,
Please see the answers to your questions below.
As you have mentioned below, CETECOM, 7 Layers and RFI follow tests based on the standards developed by the regulatory body. What is this regulation body (PTCRB, GCF..??) [Curtis] PTCRB is the regulatory body in the US, but these particular labs have a global presence and also support GCF.
And when you say standards which standards do they follow? 3GPP , ETSI etc ? [Curtis] The tests are based on global standards such as 3GPP & ETSI, but they are also based on test requirements specific for the North American and European markets.
And when they provide interoperability between M2M devices, is it on cellular technologies like (2G / 3G / LTE etc?). Do they use simulators to provide such testing? [Curtis] Tests are executed on network simulators from manufacturers like Anite, Rhode & Schwartz, and Spirent.
I havd found few 3GPP specs on M2M, looks like that they are still under progress.
How to download ESTI specs? Or do you have to be a member to download ETSI standards for M2M?
I guess to support future M2M devices network vendors need to change / modify the networks as well to mak it adaptable millions of devices in the market.
These applications are not bandwidth hungry but still can create lods of traffic in the network..!!
It would be great of someone can help to get ETSI M2M standards.
And thanks very much,
Correct! The standards don't cover M2M devices yet.
To download ETSI standards, you can search them via link below and enter your email address to download the standard.
With the current volumes, the networks can easily support the additional load due to M2M devices. However, operators have recognized their networks will need to scale in non-traditional ways to support millions of M2M devices.
I don't know if this is still an open item for you but wanted to respond in case it was.
GSM/UMTS Modular Manufacturers certify their modules to PTCRB, FCC, Industry Canada and R&TTE Directive (CE;EU) and maybe Brazil (Anatel). End Device Manufacturers (EDMs) typically will then have a certification obligation on the end device, usually radio performance, EMC and perhaps safety (electrical and human exposure). Many EDMs have pretesting done in the later phases of the development to assure the design is going to be compliant when they come to the final step in development (Certification). FCC, IC and R&TTE evaluations are for Regulatory compliance, GSM Interoperability is assured by PTCRB's Permanent Reference document (GSM Network Operators), 3GPP and are ultimately based on ETSI Standards. Usually interoperability standards are defined by an Industry Association like Bluetooth Special Interest Group, WiFi Alliance etc . Hope that helps