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Bluetooth 5 Qualification available at Bureau Veritas

Hong Kong, 16th Dec 2016. Bureau Veritas has announced that its Bluetooth® Qualification Test Facilities (BQTFs) in China (Shenzhen), Germany (Ratingen), Taiwan (Taipei) and USA (Irvine and Sunnyvale) are ready to provide Bluetooth qualification services according to the new Bluetooth 5 core specification, released earlier in December.

Bureau Veritas’ Bluetooth qualification services cover the complete range of Bluetooth technology specifications from 2.1 all the way to the new Bluetooth 5 specification. Depending on client needs services encompass pre-testing, antenna and module integration, qualification and regulatory testing as well as the development of listing strategies.

Bureau Veritas runs the most experienced Bluetooth test facilities worldwide with over 15 years’ experience and a deep involvement with the development of the Bluetooth technology right from its early days. In addition, Bureau Veritas’ 7layers is also the developer of the Interlab Bluetooth RF Test Solution, which is used at a majority of BQTF locations around the world. This test system serves as the core for Bureau Veritas’ Bluetooth testing services. 

The new Bluetooth 5 specification was officially adopted on 6th December 2016 with key updates to the Bluetooth technology. According to the Bluetooth SIG it shall provide four times longer range, twice the speed and up to eight times larger broadcast capacity, which is especially beneficial for the deployment of Bluetooth beacons. Further features include improved interoperability and coexistence with other wireless technologies.

Bluetooth 5 enhanced devices will hit the market within the first half 2017. Interoperability with Bluetooth devices built on previous standard versions shall be insured, but there will be no Bluetooth 5 updates available for devices built on previous standards. It is expected that up to one third of the 48 billion internet-capable devices that will be on the market by 2021 may be Bluetooth enabled!

“We’re proud to continue support manufacturers with testing and qualifying their Bluetooth enabled devices and chipsets,” states Carsten Steinröder, BQE at Bureau Veritas’ 7layers. “We have been the trusted Bluetooth Qualification Provider of choice for many manufacturers for years. It is important to us that we maintain the capabilities to support their efforts and to push out the next generation of Bluetooth 5 devices now. We have already updated our Interlab Test Solution Bluetooth RF in all our BQTFs, utilizing the new core specification and are ready to help our customers bring their new devices to market as quickly as possible.”

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