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LoRa Alliance accelerates certification

19th January 2022
Beatrice O'Flaherty

The LoRa Alliance, the global association of companies backing the open LoRaWAN standard for the internet of things (IoT) low-power wide-area networks (LPWANs), announced that it has significantly enhanced LoRaWAN Certification Test Tool (LCTT) functionality with the addition of numerous new testing capabilities.

This expands the self-testing that end-device manufacturers can perform to validate end-device performance before seeking formal certification from a LoRa Alliance Authorized Test House (ATH). The ability to self-test significantly accelerates the certification process while offering much greater return on investment (ROI) savings.

“A strong certification program is a must for any global standard to be successful,” said Donna Moore, CEO and chairwoman of the LoRa Alliance. “The LoRa Alliance continuously enhances its certification program to ensure certification testing tools are robust while also minimising the time and cost required to certify. RFPs and tenders for IoT deployments are increasingly requiring LoRaWAN certification. These enhancements to the LCTT make it easier than ever for end-device manufacturers to validate reliability and interoperability, thereby accelerating deployment effectiveness and enabling massive scale.” 

New testing capabilities incorporated in to the LCTT include: 

  • LoRaWAN Layer 2 (L2) - v1.0.2 and v1.0.4 Specifications, including:  
  • Class A, B and C  
  • Long Range Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum (LR-FHSS)  
  • Back-off retransmission 
  • Certification by similarity 
  • Regional Parameters V1.02 and 1.03  
  • OTAA/ABP 
  • Adaptive Data Rate 
  • Transmit Power Control 
  • Confirmed/Unconfirmed Frame Tests 
  • Receive Window Tests 
  • Cryptography Tests 
  • Add/Modify Channel Tests 
  • Retransmission of Confirmed Frames 

Benefits of using the LCTT include 

  • An accelerated certification process: manufacturers debug and finalise their end-devices prior to starting the formal certification process 
  • Significant cost savings - time, labor and money - to manufacturers who do not need to build their own test tools 
  • Assurance to customers that certified end-devices are reliable within their networks, where channel plans are supported or when roaming 
  • Future-proofing of end-devices through demonstrated interoperability 
  • Ability to quickly meet expectations of LoRaWAN network operators, who require certification when deploying rapid and large-scale solutions  
  • End-device testing is currently supported in most countries worldwide and continues to grow 
  • 17 test houses worldwide support LoRaWAN certification testing 

LoRa Alliance members’ certified products will be listed in the alliance’s LoRaWAN Showcase. The Showcase is the official listing of LoRaWAN Certified devices and provides manufacturers global product visibility to grow their businesses. Each member receives one free LCTT license with their membership and may purchase additional ones. Learn more about LoRaWAN certification and how to obtain your LCTT license on their website.  

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