DASH7 Test and Certification 101


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Overview of the recent DASH7 Alliance Test and Certification tools announcement, a precursor to our upcoming DASH7 Certification Program launch.

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DASH7 Test and Certification 101

  1. 1. DASH7 Test and Certification “101” July 21, 2010 Presenters: Patrick Burns - DASH7 Alliance Ted Osinski - MET Labs Dusmantha Tennakoon - MET Labs www.dash7.org 1
  2. 2. Today’s Agenda • DASH7 Overview • Certification Launch To submit questions, please submit them directly to • Test Methods and Tools paul@dash7.org or via the “questions” • How to Prepare console on your gotowebinar toolbar. • Accreditation Launch Thanks! • Summary • Questions & Answers www.dash7.org 2
  3. 3. The DASH7 Alliance Focuses On: 1. Interoperability 2. New Feature Requirements 3. Awareness of DASH7 Wireless Sensor Networking Technology www.dash7.org 3
  4. 4. 50+ Participants from 23 Countries Interoperability is Key! www.dash7.org 4
  5. 5. 5 Reasons To Join: - Access to DASH7 Test Tools - Access to DASH7 Certified TM Program - Access latest DASH7 specifications Alliance memberships start at only $3,500/year - Access to DASH7 developer extranet - Access to special offers available For more info, please only to DASH7 Alliance members email paul@dash7.org or visit www.dash7.org www.dash7.org 5
  6. 6. Why Certify? • Minimize End User Implementation and Operating Risks – Non-interoperable products = readiness risks in the field • Reduce product development costs – Qualified test equipment and accredited test centers help vendors verify product designs and produce compliant products from the start • Grow adoption of ISO 18000-7 based technology – End users demand products that are certified via neutral, third party testing authority. www.dash7.org 6
  7. 7. Who Needs To Certify • Reader and tag Vendors – Including module vendors • Chip vendors – Chips are core components of the RFID system: • Chips that do not interoperate have a more limited market growth potential. Active RFID interoperability is an essential market requirement • Certifying chips accelerates DASH7 manufacturers’ time to market and DASH7 overall market adoption. – Products are expensive to develop • DASH7 certification must be embedded in the product development life cycle. DASH7 tools will reduce development costs – Certified products are well positioned to benefit from more market demand • DASH7’s certification program will help the market weed out products that do not interoperate – Certified products will have an edge in procurements • Certified vs non-certified (Count on salespeople to spread the word…) www.dash7.org 7
  8. 8. Commitments to Certification 1. End-User companies and government agencies are obligated to procure certified products – Protect RFID investment 2. Vendors are strongly encouraged to certify and re-certify their DASH7 product lines. – Competitive pricing and incentives for vendors 3. Accredited Test Centers to serve regional markets – Pre-testing, certification, consulting, R&D, education 4. Qualified Test Tools to help hardware vendors develop compliant products – Debugging, verifying product compliance internally www.dash7.org 8
  9. 9. Objectives of DASH7 Certification Program • Establish industry’s best certification program – Process and governance – Test methods – Test tools – Test centers • Deliver value to vendors and end-users – Clearly defined benefits – Competitive pricing – Create demand for certification www.dash7.org 9
  10. 10. Milestones 3. Certification Launch 1. Program Launch 2. PlugFest 4. Accreditation Launch M1 M2 M3 M4 Feb 2, 2010 April 6-8 September 2011 Decision Points: Decision Point: •Cert. Policy and Procedures •Certification v2.0 contents •Fee Structure (Aligned with Strategic Direction) •Conformance Test Cases •VAR Certification •Interoperability Test Cases •Test tools www.dash7.org 10
  11. 11. Certification Architecture Branding and Commitments (Layer-4) •DASH7 Alliance grants certification mark Certified •End-Users committed to buy certified products Accreditation (Layer-3) Accredited Regional Test Centers •Accredited test centers certify RFID (ARTC) products Test Systems (Layer-2) • Help RFID vendors develop Qualified Test System (s) compliant products Standards Baseline (Layer-1) Test Protocol DASH7 Test Protocol Extensions ISO 18047-7 Conformance & Interoperability •Standards •Test protocols Standards DASH7 Standards Extensions ISO 18000-7 www.dash7.org 11
  12. 12. Things To Remember • Certification = Conformance + Interoperability • Eligible Devices – Reader (fixed and hand-held), reader module – Tags (LPT, tags with memory, tags with a system on board) – Microchips • Process – DASH7 Alliance membership required – Proof of License – Application sent to dash7@metlabs.com • With designated accredited test center marked – Test Center conducts testing – DASH7 issues Certification Mark, PR and publishes report on certification web pages www.dash7.org 12
  13. 13. Certification Process • Complete the following Certification Application documents IN FULL: – Hardware Application • Include electronic signature or print and fax according to the Instructions document – Testing Questionnaire – Certification Payment Form • Return ALL documents to MET Labs via email where possible – dash7@metlabs.com • Once ALL documents are received, MET Labs (or a test center) will schedule a test date • You will receive a confirmation email including your test date along with additional information to assist with preparation for testing www.dash7.org 13
  14. 14. Test Methods and Tools 1. Conformance Testing 2. Interoperability Testing 3. Test Policies 4. Test Tool www.dash7.org 14
  15. 15. Conformance Testing • Based on the ISO 18047-7 conformance standard, with some deviations • Interrogator and tag receiver bandwidth values shall be declared by vendors • Some test cases in 18047-7 updated to correct for errors. Test procedures and expected results are corrected in the DASH7 conformance suite • Readers, reader modules and tags will be tested. • Reader manufacturers will need to supply a custom software application that is capable of sending all necessary commands for testing For a complete list of changes and modifications please refer to DASH7 Test Cases and Test Methods available on the DASH7 Alliance member extranet www.dash7.org 15
  16. 16. Interoperability Testing - Based on test cases developed by the DASH7 Alliance T&C WG • The DASH7 Alliance would like to acknowledge the contribution made by the U.S DOD in submitting their interoperability test cases for DASH7 use. – Test cases can be found in DASH7 Test Cases and Test Methods. – Readers, reader modules, and tags will be tested. – Reader vendors will need to provide a software application that is capable of sending all necessary commands for testing. www.dash7.org 16
  17. 17. Test Policies – A device must pass all mandatory tests for both conformance and interoperability for certification. – If a test fails the vendor may fix the problem on the spot (this is easier for readers). However, all tests will be re-run to make sure the changes made do not affect the rest of the test cases previously tested. – Testing will be performed at a distance that best works for a given reader and/or tag. – If a test fails the vendor may chose to dispute the results based on the following, but not limited to: • The specification is not clear • The execution of the test case is erroneous • A dispute resolution process will be in place. www.dash7.org 17
  18. 18. Test Tool • Test Tool – A reader and tag emulator will be used for testing both conformance and interoperability. – The emulator is based on National Instrument hardware and is Labview based. www.dash7.org 18
  19. 19. Test Tool - Screenshot -The test cases will run one after the other and record pass fail verdicts -All tests can be run at once or each one can be selected individually. -A screen capture of the conformance test suite for tags is shown below www.dash7.org 19
  20. 20. Test Preparation • The DASH7 Alliance strongly recommends that each Hardware Manufacturer allows for a representative to attend Hardware Testing on-site at the test center • Interrogator manufacturer must implement all test commands defined in the interrogator test requirement document • Test Software must be installed in a computer prior to testing – GUI based • ICS/IXIT Proforma documents need to be filled • Tag manufacturer requires at least 6 samples & reader requires 2 samples • “By Design” test case (RSSI) – A company letter (signed by executive management) will be accepted • Test time for tags is around 1 day and readers could vary b/w 2-3 days depending on the features implemented www.dash7.org 20
  21. 21. Certification Fees DASH7 Certification Fees Admin Device Test & Cert. Num. of Voucher Fee Fees Categories Fee Devices Discount * (one time) First Device $15,000 $14,000 2nd+ Device $11,000 Previously Certified $6,000 VAR $3,500 Total Fees *10% Voucher discount only applies to devices listed on the voucher *A Voucher must be attached to the Application Remember: DASH7 Certification is about creating value for the end user www.dash7.org 21
  22. 22. Accreditation Program Launch • Program managed by MET Labs – ARTC ™ - Authorized RFID Test Center – ARTC scopes: • DASH Certification • EPCglobal UHF certification (HF will be added after standard ratification). Criteria – Principal member of DASH7 – ISO 17025 Quality System – Qualified Test System – Audits – Application to be submitted to rfid@metlabs – MET Labs accredits www.dash7.org 22
  23. 23. Accreditation Benefits • Training – Process, test methods • Support – Support during testing • Revenue from certification – MET will try to arrange the first tag and a reader for certification testing • Exposure thru DASH7 Alliance – Web pages Price Sheet Initial Fees Contract Fee – Events Program Fee $10,000 Audit $7,000 EPCglobal (UHF) scope $10,000 DASH7 (433MHz) scope $10,000 Total $37,000 Ongoing Annual Fees Contract Fee Program Fee (Annual) $10,000 Re-Assessment (every two years)* $3,500 Total $13,500 Note: * Re-Assessment conducted every two years (physical audit every 2 years) Each future scope fee - $10,000 www.dash7.org 23
  24. 24. Summary • Certification and Accreditation programs will ensure interoperability of DASH7 products. • The success of the program (and DASH7 technology) depends on end-user commitments to endorse the program and buy “DASH7 Certified™ “ products. www.dash7.org 24
  25. 25. Questions and Answers www.dash7.org 25
  26. 26. Please email us with questions or comments: tosinski@metlabs.com or paul@dash7.org www.dash7.org 26