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By Rich Handley

Element Materials Technology to Provide Zigbee Alliance Certification Testing

Element Materials Technology has expanded its testing services at its laboratory in Irvine, Calif., to provide formal certification testing to member companies of the Zigbee Alliance. The organization comprises hundreds of companies creating, maintaining and delivering open, global standards for the IoT. Element is a longstanding member of the Zigbee Alliance and is an existing authorized testing provider.

The new Zigbee certification testing service will enable members to combine their usual FCC and NRTL mark testing with Zigbee certification testing in a single location. Element will provide Zigbee pre-testing, protocol testing and certification testing, complementing existing EMC and safety test services already offered by the laboratory. The service will use the Element-developed Zigbee Tracer variant, a USB dongle that allows manufacturers of Zigbee products to assess those products throughout their development.

"Stringent testing is a critical step in ensuring interoperability," said Tobin Richardson, the Zigbee Alliance's president and CEO, in a prepared statement. "We are excited that Element will be expanding and providing these services and helping developers and manufacturers to create new innovative products for the North American smart-home market."

"This new addition of services in our Irvine laboratory demonstrates the growth of the smart-gome market," added Rick Sluiters, Element's EVP of aerospace, in the prepared statement. "Element plays a key role in the certification process for Alliance members by facilitating testing services and assisting members through the process. The service will be delivered by our engaged experts who have extensive experience with testing Zigbee products, and will make use of the official Zigbee Alliance ZTT tool, which was originally developed by the Zigbee team within Element."


Paul Drolshagen 2019-08-07 01:18:08 AM
There is a big challenge with RFID on forklifts in avoiding unwanted tag reads, especially in high metal environments. Also load would need to be picked up again from the same side, else it would require a second tag. And what about moving more than one pallet at a time? There are other options available. One is based on tracking forklifts with 2D LIDAR sensors (laser localization) and using x,y,z coordinates to automatically identify pallets and storing bins in racks and bulk storage areas. This works with almost any kind of load, indoors and out. And it avoids recurring cost for tagging the load to track.

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