How To Certify A Product

EnOcean Alliance Certification – quality seal for reliable interoperability

WHY SHOULD I CERTIFY MY PRODUCT?

The EnOcean Alliance Certification Program is the tool for the EnOcean Alliance to secure the interoperability of EnOcean-based devices without major additional effort.
It also entitles your product to use the EnOcean Alliance Certified logo and lists your product in the Certified Product Database on the EnOcean Alliance website.

WHAT CERTIFICATION LEVELS ARE DEFINED?

Certification levels 2 and 3 :

Click here to download the application template.

  • Certification level 2 is only a declaration when using a certified radio platform
    • Using a Certified platform or certified against Air Interface cert. spec.
    • Declaration only for correct use of the profiles (verification with Profile Checking tool or own test setup)
  • Certification level 3 requires tests
    • Radio Platform:
      • Certify against Air Interface cert. spec.
    • End product using a certified radio platform:
      • Certify against Radio Performance Cert. spec.
      • Communication Profile Cert. spec.
      • Energy Harvesting Cert. spec.

WHAT STEPS HAVE TO BE PERFORMED TO GET A CERTIFIED PRODUCT LEVEL 2?

  • Enter your product in the EnOcean Alliance product database. Each manufacturer can enter a description and further information and upload manuals and product images. You can skip this step if you don’t want to go public with the product presentation at the time of the certification.
  • If you still have no access to the product database please email the certification manager (certification@enocean-alliance.org) to get the login data.
  • If your product uses an EnOcean GmbH radio module (868 MHz, 902 MHz, or 928 MHz), then you automatically inherit the Air Interface certificate.
  • Otherwise, you have to perform the test steps described in the Air Interface certification specification.
  • Just declare that your product implemented the correct use of EEPs/GPs according to the actual specifications. Or if it deviates, then this deviation was documented and published to the TWG chair. Declare that the Radio- and Energy-Performance meet the requirements of the product's use cases. To declare there is a template available. Just fill out, sign by a responsible manager and upload the document to the certification documents section of the product in the EnOcean Alliance product database.
  • After the latest 2 weeks, you will get an approval message and a certificate issued by Email. Or you will be contacted if some information is missing.

What phases are in the certification process for level 3?

The corresponding phases of the EnOcean Alliance Certification Process follow the objective to support the product development process without additional extra efforts:

  • Preparation phase: To identify test-cases to be passed.
  • Testing phase: Execution and successful completion of test cases defined
  • Documentation phase: Documentation of the results of the tests performed
  • Review phase: Secure high-level of quality of interoperability
  • Promotion phase: Use and market the EnOcean Alliance technology logo for certified products

WHO CAN START THE CERTIFICATION PROCESS?

There are two ways to execute a certification process:

  • Self-certification by the device manufacturer confirming a positive pass of the test-cases declared to be mandatory. Usually these tests have to be anyway performed during the development.
  • Certification by accredited test laboratories providing an official certificate amended by test documentation.

WHAT STEPS HAVE TO BE PERFORMED TO GET A CERTIFIED PRODUCT AT LEVEL 3?

To get the highest defined certification level 3, the following steps have to be performed:

To apply, there is a template available.

Preparation phase

  1. Select a certified radio platform for your product. A valid platform certification will be handed in, so no air interface certification is needed for developing a product based on a certified platform.
  2. Define what profiles the product will support (inbound and outbound) and what profiles you want to certify.
  3. Document the test plan with the appropriate test steps.

Testing phase

  1. If you are not using a certified radio platform for your product, perform Air interface Certification tests and document the results. To document, there is a template.
  2. Perform Radio Performance certification tests and document results.
  3. Perform Communication Profile certification tests and document results. A tool is available to guide the tester and generate the documentation.
  4. If your device is energy-harvested, perform Energy Harvesting certification tests and document results.

Documentation phase

  1. Fill out the submission template for the certification request, sign on behalf of the company and attach it to the test documentation files.
  2. Enter the product data in the product database on the EnOcean Alliance website and upload all test documentation. If you don’t want to publish the product data during certification, skip this step and send the test documentation to the EnOcean Alliance Certification manager.

Review phase

  1. The Certification Manager will check your submission. If all documentation is complete, he issues a certification number for the product and marks the product certified in the database.

Promotion phase

  1. You are now allowed to use the certified product logo on your product.  Download the Brand Guidelines (PDF) and the EnOcean Alliance Technology Logo (zip).

Your Contact

If you have any questions on the EnOcean Alliance certification policy, please get in touch with certification@enocean-alliance.org

WHAT FUNCTIONALITY WILL BE VERIFIED?

To support the proper implementation of the system specifications the EnOcean Alliance developed a set of certification specifications following the OSI-layer model:

  • The Air Interface Certification Specification verifies the correct design of a radio module platform according to ISO/IEC Standards 14543-3-1x on the physical layer.
  • The Radio Performance Certification Specification verifies the correct design of the radio functionality of the product to ensure proper operation in a minimum radio range.
  • The Communication Profiles Certification Specification verifies the correct design and implementation of the communication protocols; it verifies the data link and the network layer.
  • The Energy Harvesting Certification Specification declares the parameters of Energy management.

WHAT IF MY PRODUCT DOES NOT MEET THE CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS?

If your product does not meet the certification requirements it seems that it is not interoperable or does not meet the minimum performance requirements.  To secure your business, check whether you can modify your product to meet the certification requirements.

Non-certified products are not allowed to use the certified product logo on the product and will not be found in the product database by searching interoperable devices.

IS REGULATORY TESTING (CE/RTTI/FCC) REQUIRED PRIOR ENOCEAN CERTIFICATION?

No, regulatory testing can take place before, after or at the same time with EnOcean Alliance certification testing.

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