IEEE Conformity Assessment Program (ICAP) for SIEPON


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Presentation from SIEPON Seminar on 20 April in Czech Republic, sponsored by IEEE-SA & CAG. Opinions presented by the speakers in this presentation are their own, and not necessarily those of their employers or of IEEE.

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IEEE Conformity Assessment Program (ICAP) for SIEPON

  1. 1. IEEE Conformity Assessment Program (ICAP) for SIEPON Ravi Subramaniam – Technical Director, ICAP 20 April 2012 Prague, Czech Republic20 April 2012 1
  2. 2. Why Does SIEPON need a Conformity Assessment Program? • Conformity assessment is the accepted way of demonstrating that a product adheres to a standard • Opportunity for participants to demonstrate adherence to Testing requirements • IEEE 1904.1 standards based • New Technology – Instill consumer or end-user confidence • Supports free flow of SIEPON related products and services across national boundaries • Increased adoption
  3. 3. 3 possible models • 1st Party – Vendor • 2nd Party – Buyer or Independent Lab User Buyer • 3rd Party – Vendor Independent Entity Conformity Assessment System20 April 2012 3
  4. 4. 2nd Party Testing IEEE/SIEPON Certified • Logo Usage with TMLA Product Buyer or • ICAP Review Prior to Certification • ICAP to Determine Surveillance Network Needs Operator Tested • 2nd Party Lab tested Product • Authorized Tools
  5. 5. 3rd Party Testing SIEPON Certified • Logo Usage with TMLA Product • Independent lab recommends for 3rd Party Certification • ICAP Issues Certification Declaration • ICAP to Determine Surveillance Needs • Authorized Labs Product • 3rd Party Lab tested • Authorized Tools
  6. 6. Self vs. 3rd Party Certification • Speed of Implementation • Time to Market • Cost of Test Tools • Vendor Misrepresentation • Regulatory Risks • End-Buyer confidence
  7. 7. Why interoperability is hard in digital communications? Are the “1”s and “0”s Interoperability right? Performance Conformance “Can you hear me Is transmission now?” and reception good enough? 20 April 2012 7
  8. 8. Considerations for a harmonized technical approach• Harmonized test procedures, use cases and derived test sets may enhance confidence in fielded interoperability• There may be no clear regulatory or coordinated marketplace demand driver to drive technical harmonization• Lots of choices and unique system implementation – I am special!• Testing – “to infinity and beyond” • performance • digital conformance (may be lots of permutations) • interoperability testing (for all equipment models – software changes) 28 April 2012 8
  9. 9. SIEPON Certification Scheme ISO/IEC Guide 65 Best Practices Certification Authority (ICAP) ISO/IEC 17025 + competency requirements LaboratoriesPerformance/DesignRequirements Products 20 April 2012 9
  10. 10. Roles of Entities ICAP (Certification Authority) •Entry/Exit Point for Certification Process •Policies & Procedures •TMLA •Test Labs Facilitation •Market Certification Program •Certified Product Registry •Committee of Experts P1904 WG Test Laboratories • IEEE 1904 Standard • Independent • Test Specification • 2nd Party • Test bed/tools implementation IEEE 1904/SIEPON Certified Products
  11. 11. A Scenario to consider Vendor submits application to ICAP ICAP – Initiates ICAP publishes on Certification Certified Product Agreement & Registry invoices vendor SIEPON Certification ICAP delivers Vendors choose certificate and lab from list of authorizes logo approved labs usage Test Lab delivers Test Program Final Test Report starts at Test Lab to ICAP for Review 20 April 2012 11
  12. 12. Role of Committee of Experts • Entity based participation • Major responsibilities will include – Determine compliance levels – Act as advisors on test methods and interpretation of standards – Test Lab Requirements/Audits – Test Tool Validation – Time required for implementation – Validate Test Report template 20 April 2012 12
  13. 13. Current Labs that participate in WG • CableLabs (3rd Party) • RITT (3rd Party) • Shanghai Institute of China Telecom (2nd Party) • University of New Hampshire –Interoperability Lab (3rd Party) • Future Lab in Japan 20 April 2012 13
  14. 14. SIEPON Brand Awareness • Tested products will be awarded a certification mark • The “SIEPON Certified” mark will convey trust in the device and the certification program. • Drive to ensure that End-Users are committed to purchase certified products to minimize negative impact on the network • Certified Product Registry to be maintained 20 April 2012 14
  15. 15. Questions & Discussion 20 April 2012 15