Global Certification Forum announces first IoT chipset certification with u-blox

The Global Certification Forum (GCF) has today announced that u-blox is the first company to certify a product under its new IoT chipset certification scheme (started in January this year).  This latest GCF programme is designed for chipsets covering NB-IoT and LTE-M and facilitates the easy integration of embedded chipsets into modules and devices. The u-blox UBX-R5 Cat-M1 chipset is the first product to achieve certification under the new scheme.

GCF IoT chipset certification was added to the existing IoT platforms and IoT modules programme at the beginning of the year, to enable certification of chipsets based on GCF approved test platforms under defined quality requirements, including GCF approval of the chipset manufacturer’s design test facilities. This gives the IoT industry a new level of confidence when deploying and integrating a myriad of different devices across multiple communication technologies and is  the first in a number of initiatives which will be launched by GCF in 2020 to enable the confidence and growth of the IoT market.

“We are delighted that GCF has recognized the quality of our UBX-R5 LTE-M/NB-IoT chipset. This certification, a first under GCF’s IoT chipset certification initiative, demonstrates that we are setting a new benchmark for IoT connectivity, while paving the way for robust secure communication from the chip all the way to the cloud,” said Andreas Thiel, Head of Product Centers, Co-founder at u‑blox.

With the rapid expansion of the IoT industry, the introduction of a programme that demonstrates industry-recognized compliance with 3GPP standards is critical to ensuring the sustained successful deployment of the IoT industry. This is particularly important for  mission-critical or long life-cycle IoT applications that the UBX-R5 Cat-M1 is intended for, also helping to shorten time-to-market and significantly reduce costs. For more information about GCF IoT chipset certification, please visit http://www.globalcertificationforum.org.

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Global Certification Forum was founded in 1999 and today has 335+ members. GCF defines the certification requirements for the mobile and IoT industry through collaboration with key global organisations and independent standardisation committees. Members from major operators, device and IoT manufacturers and the test industry work with their partners to provide device-network interoperability, reduction in testing costs and accelerated time to market. The GCF certification ecosystem evolves at pace to anticipate global market trends and deliver a range of certification programmes including 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G, IoT, oneM2M, Module, C-IoT chipset, C-V2X, eSIM (RSP), industry 4.0 and MCPTT services.
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u-blox UBX-R5 becomes first IoT chipset certified by GCF

“We are delighted that GCF has recognized the quality of our UBX-R5 LTE-M/NB-IoT chipset that sets a new benchmark for IoT connectivity, while paving the way for robust secure communication from the chip all the way to the cloud,” says Andreas Thiel, Head of Product Centers at u‑blox.

The u-blox UBX-R5 is a 5G-ready cellular chipset for low power wide area (LPWA) mission‑critical or long life-cycle IoT applications such as smart metering, telematics, tracking, security systems, building automation, as well as smart lighting solutions and connected health. With mobile network operators announcing their plans to roll out 5G networks, 5G readiness is becoming a key factor in selecting cellular communication modules. LTE‑M and NB‑IoT are forward‑compatible with 5G networks, and, by implementing key LTE‑M and NB‑IoT features from 3GPP Release 14, UBX-R5 offers customers a smooth transition towards 5G via software upgrades to already deployed devices.

UBX-R5 also offers unmatched built-in end‑to‑end security thanks to a hardware‑based root of trust (RoT) integrated in a discrete secure element compliant with EAL5+ High common criteria certification, which makes it ideally suited to protect sensitive assets and communications.

 

About u‑blox
u‑blox (SIX:UBXN) is a global provider of leading positioning and wireless communication technologies for the automotive, industrial, and consumer markets. Their solutions let people, vehicles, and machines determine their precise position and communicate wirelessly over cellular and short range networks. With a broad portfolio of chips, modules, and a growing ecosystem of product supporting data services, u-blox is uniquely positioned to empower its customers to develop innovative solutions for the Internet of Things, quickly and cost-effectively. With headquarters in Thalwil, Switzerland, the company is globally present with offices in Europe, Asia, and the USA.