Sigfox Certification is the acknowledgement of the compliance of a Device with Sigfox Certification Specifications in order to ensure its compatibility with Sigfox services and nominal performance on the network.
Getting certified implies the commitment of the partner to do everything necessary to ensure that all their devices registered on the Sigfox network will be compliant with the Sigfox Devices Specifications, in all operational conditions of the device and during its complete life-cycle.
Partner shall accompany this commitment with evidence of compliance generated on a Candidate Device, which is representative of all devices of the same model deployed on the network. This evidence is declarative information and test results, generated by Sigfox accredited test houses, and will be provided to Sigfox during the certification submission process (filing).
Following partner’s commitment and compliance evidences, Sigfox delivers a Sigfox Ready certificate to the partner for a given device model.
There are two kinds of Sigfox tests:
- RF & protocol tests, to check Sigfox protocol & RF performance compliance.
- Radiated performance tests, to assess the radiated performances of the device. These radiation tests will define a radiated power classification of the device in uplink mode.
Here are essential documents that you should keep in mind when preparing for your tests:
- Be prepared for RF & Protocol tests (PDF file, includes mandatory checklist)
- Be prepared for Radiated Performance tests
Sigfox has developed the SDR Dongle and RSA software to help device makers prepare for their Sigfox RF & Protocol tests.
The Sigfox Ready certification is mandatory for any device to be connected to Sigfox network with the exception of Development Solutions.
To achieve Sigfox Ready certification, the partner has to apply through Build. He will be providing documentation and compliance evidences, which are listed in the online tool and in the Sigfox Certification handbook.
The Sigfox Verified certification acknowledges compliance with RF & protocol specifications of a Modular Design.
It is an intermediate label, provided to designs that are not intended to connect directly to the Sigfox network, i.e. Modular Designs (that can be Modules or Reference Designs).
A Sigfox Verified Modular Design enables partners designing a device to apply to Sigfox Ready certification with modular approach.
Sigfox certification step by step:
1. Plan testing: Plan your Sigfox certification, and request a quotation from a Sigfox accredited test house.
2. Prepare product for testing: Make sure your product is ready to start testing, following the Be prepared for Sigfox Ready certification document.
3. Ship candidate product to the Test House:
b. The accredited Test House will generate a report and will deliver it to you.
c. Once you have received the test report, prepare the submission file on Build.
4. In the meantime, start your certification on Sigfox Build:
a. Create a product and complete the product's information.
b. Sign the Sigfox Master License Agreement. You only need to sign one per company.
c. Once you have receive the test house report, upload it on Build, along with all required documentation.
d. Pay the certification fee on Build.
5. Submit the certification request on Sigfox Build:
a. The Sigfox Certification Authority will analyze the test results and documentation and will issue a product certificate.
Note: If any issue is found during this process, the product maker will be contacted by the Sigfox certification Authority for resolution.
The Sigfox Ready and Sigfox Verified certifications are specific to Sigfox. There are also country-specific requirements that devices must comply to in order to legally work. These requirements are called Type Approvals.
Depending on the country, the necessary processes to obtain a type approval can differ considerably, ranging from “self-declaration” to “classical type approval” -- to more complicated rules, possibly.
The marketing of radio devices is highly regulated in all countries over the world and is considered very sensitive. Regulatory certification is a critical step in a go-to-market strategy, because it is the legal certification by the local country government for partner product sales.
Any RF device, including of course Sigfox devices, must show compliances to country regulations, and must follow the mandatory processes to obtain certification in each of them.
Hence, a Sigfox device must obtain two certifications, through two separate processes:
- Sigfox Ready: Mandatory to access the Sigfox network.
- Type approval: Mandatory to market a device in a given country/region.
These compliances do not depend on each other: a device can obtain a type approval without yet having obtained the Sigfox Ready certification. Conversely, you can start the Sigfox Ready certification process without yet having started the type-approval process.