UL Offering Remote Testing to Qualify Bluetooth Devices Due to Covid 19 Travel Restrictions

Due to the travel restrictions created by the COVID-19 pandemic, Bluetooth Qualification Testing has become a challenge. Traditionally, qualification of Bluetooth devices had to be done physically at an accredited lab. However, UL, a leading global safety science company is doing remote audit testing for Bluetooth devices.

The Bluetooth SIG will accept remote audit testing and results submitted by an accredited Bluetooth Qualification Test Facility (BQTF), with authorized scope, on behalf of customers that have access to the validated test equipment to use in their facilities for the test cases. UL's global network of BQTF locations now offers this remote evaluation of test data, including UL's Fremont, California, laboratory, the only BQTF in North America to offer remote auditing for this scope. 

This remote testing is valid for any Category A test cases for the host controller interface (HCI) layer and below. Applicable products have a core controller portion with HCI, Baseband, Link Manager and Link Layer, radio frequency (RF), or radiofrequency physical layer tests (RF-PHY). 

The Bluetooth SIG also has extended the deadline to test and qualify with Test Case Reference List 2019-1 from April 15, 2020, to Oct. 15, 2020.

In addition, UL offers complete end-to-end Bluetooth Qualification test services, including RF, core protocols, traditional profiles, and Generic Attribute Profile (GATT) services. UL also has three Bluetooth qualification consultants on staff.

UL now offers remote options in several other categories as well, including video witnessing of testing for interoperability, electromagnetic and wireless compatibility performance, energy efficiency and safety, and protocols including ZigBee and Thread.

UL understands regulatory certification changes are rapidly occurring as offices in various countries close or operate with limited hours due to COVID-19. To address this, UL is offering a complimentary webpage resource that lists top changes occurring in key markets.