Sigfox Ready & Sigfox Verified Certifications

This page is dedicated to the  Sigfox Ready & Sigfox Verified certifications : details and offers. For more generic information check the Certifications page. 

Sigfox Ready Description

The Sigfox Ready™ certification tests measure the radiated radio performance of the device. It also makes sure that the device respects our requirements. The certification is a two-step process:

  1. Testing is executed by one of many Sigfox accredited local test houses (see the list of accredited test houses here).
  2. Device certification is delivered by Sigfox through the Build platform. Once tests are passed, your device receives a Sigfox certificate.

Pre-requisites to apply for Sigfox Ready™ certification are: 

  • Your device must use a Sigfox Verified™ radio solution, such as a module or reference design. This process is detailed below.  
  • Your device is based on another Sigfox Ready™ device and complies with the rules described in the “Sigfox Ready™ similarity rules” . This is a one-step process.

Sigfox Ready offers

There are different possibilities depending on the project and history:

  • First submission for Sigfox Ready certification.
  • Subsequent unrelated device submitted by the same company.

In addition to the main certification offer, three offers are available to ease the creation of variants or series of already-certified devices:

  • "Similar" offer, applies to a device based on an existing Sigfox Ready device which received changes that do not affect its RF communication part. Typically applicable for a series of products.
  • "Derived" offer, applies to a device based on an existing Sigfox Ready device solely modified to support one or several additional RCs. Such "Derived" device must keep the same commercial name and must implement the same use-case(s) as the initial Sigfox Ready device.
  • "Upgrade" offer, applies to a version of an existing Sigfox Ready device where major changes have been applied while keeping the same model name (reference) and same RC.

One Derived or Similarity certification offer can encompass several derived/similar devices (if submitted all together). See below for more information.
All prices exclude taxes. Certification filling fees are paid to Sigfox. Testing costs not included, to be paid directly to the local test house.

 Understanding the offersFor any new device you're bringing to the market, you will have to go through a full Certification Process. If your new device supports multiple RCs with the same hardware, there is only one certification to perform (but with one test report from your test house for every supported RC).If you have created a new device based on a previously Sigfox Ready certified one, you can apply to these cases:

  • If you've only changed the module for a different RC, and maybe changed the antenna, then you can apply to the "Derived" Device certification. Note that you still need your device to be tested with your test house. 
  • If you've kept the same RF design, but only changed a sensor, then you can apply to the "Similar" Device Certification. In this case, no radiation tests are needed since RF hasn't changed.

 About the Derived/Similarity Device offer If you submit several devices for the Derived or Similarity certification, you will only pay for the first Derived or Similar device – the other Derived or Similar ones will be certified free of charge.Case 1: Let's say you have one device that you want to be certified for all current RCs – RC1 through RC7. That means you can use the following offers: 

  • RC1 deviceFirst Device offer or Subsequent New Device offer, depending on whether or not this is your company's first ever Sigfox certification (1500€ or 1000€).
  • RC2 deviceDerived Device offer (500€).
  • RC3RC4RC5, RC6 and RC7 devices: Free of charge, if you submit all Derived devices (here, RC2 to RC7) at the same time.

Note: if you apply for RC1 and RC7, only one radiated performance test is necessary Case 2: Let's say you have one device that you want to be certified for 5 different sensors. That means you can use the following offers: 

  • RC1 deviceFirst Device offer or Subsequent New Device offer, depending on whether or not this is your company's first ever Sigfox certification (1500€ or 1000€).
  • RC1 device with another sensorSimilarity Device offer (500€).
  • 3 other devices with different sensors: Free of charge, if you submit all Similar devices at the same time.

 Note: you can use the same “similarity checklist” for all the similar devices, and if you have many variants, they can be submitted as one similar product on Build. 

To help you better understand which offer is the best fit for your situation, we have devised this decision tree: 

Sigfox Verified Description

Sigfox delivers the Sigfox Verified™  certification to acknowledge compliance to RF & protocol specifications of a Modular Design.This intermediate label is provided to designs that are not intended to connect directly to the Sigfox network:

  • Modules, which are ready-to-use components, to be soldered to a printed circuit board. 
  • Reference Designs, which are a collection of schematics and Bill of Material documents (including components values and tolerances, PCB layout, PCB stack-up) meant to define hardware/software design. 

These two are grouped under the name Modular Designs, which are defined as a hardware/software designs which must:

  • be integrated into a device to operate on the Sigfox network (except Development Solutions).
  • fulfill Sigfox Verified modular design requirements (details available in Sigfox Certification Handbook).

This intermediate label applies also to Development Solutions that are NOT based on a Sigfox Verified modular design.See the Sigfox Certification Process section to get an overview of the steps to follow.  

 Sigfox delivers this intermediate label to help accelerate the device development journey. This is done by:

  • Acknowledging compliance of Modular Designs with the Sigfox Certification Specifications. It ascertains interoperability on the Sigfox Network for device makers who use these components and speeds up the device's RF design phase.
  • Allowing candidate devices to inherit the Sigfox RF & Protocol conformity from the Sigfox Verified Modular Design. This speeds up the device's certification process, as only the Sigfox radiated performance tests are then needed at the end-device level.
  • Allowing Sigfox Verified development solutions to connect to the Sigfox network for early testing and technology evaluation by the Sigfox ecosystem.

Sigfox Verified offers

All prices exclude taxes. Certification fees are paid to Sigfox.
Testing costs not included, to be paid directly to the local test house.

Understanding the offerFor any new modular design you bring to the market, you will have to go through the Sigfox Verified certification process. If your new modular design supports multiple RCs with the same hardware, there's only one certification to perform (but with one test report from your test house for every supported RC).About the Upgrade offersIn addition to the main certification offer, two offers are available for upgrades:

  • "Upgrade" offer, applies to a version of an existing Sigfox Verified modular design where major changes have been applied while keeping the same model name (reference) and same RC.
  • "Library Upgrade" offer, applies to a version of an existing Sigfox Verified modular design where only the Sigfox Protocol Library version has been modified while keeping the same model name (reference) and same RC.

In all cases, a test report by RC from an accredited test house is required.