Certified Modules and Platforms
Mobile connectivity is being added to an increasingly diverse range of consumer, enterprise and industrial products. This trend will accelerate further as more and more everyday objects are connected to the Internet of Things.
GCF offers a streamlined certification process for connected products that are based on a GCF-certified embedded wireless module.
The number and scope of tests required to certify a product is significantly reduced if the certification of its embedded wireless module can be referenced. Certification testing for the product is focused on functionality that is not part of the module such as antenna, SIM functionality and user-interface.
Platform Certification extends this principle by enabling manufacturers to design innovative new wireless products around a wider variety of previously certified functionality.
The scheme has been developed to simplify and cut the cost of certification by permitting and encouraging the re-use of test results.
What is a platform?
A platform is any hardware or software subsystem that provides defined functionality within the scope of the GCF certification scheme.
Examples of platforms include:
- Core radio components
- Protocol stacks
- Applications such as MMS or SUPL
- Downloadable clients
- White label devices that are not marketed directly to end-users but are produced to be customised as operator- or retailer-branded products
How does Platform Certification work?
- The platform supplier specifies the functionality the platform is intended to deliver
- The supplier certifies the platform's functionality against all applicable GCF Certification Criteria
- The supplier identifies test results that will not be impacted by the platform's integration into an end-product
- During the certification of the end-product, the manufacturer references and re-uses the platform certification and undertakes the necessary testing to certify any other functionality
Platform Certification allows for multiple independent platforms to be integrated into a single end-product provided a suitably qualified expert, recognized by GCF, has assessed the integrations to ensure there are no co-existence issues.
How does Platform Certification benefit manufacturers?
- Promotes the supply of pre-certified functionality which can enhance the performance of new mobile-connected products
- Simplifies and cuts the cost of certifying products
- Makes device certification accessible to more manufacturers and for all types of mobile-connected product
- Streamlines the testing and certification phase of product development, reducing time-to-market
- Expands the size of the market that the manufacturer can target by demonstrating that its product will work correctly on multiple networks in multiple territories
Any Manufacturer or Associate Manufacturer Member of GCF can reduce their certification testing by using pre-certified Platforms. Information on certified platforms is available in the members’ area of the GCF website.
How does Platform Certification benefit technology providers?
- Creates a market for pre-certified functionality
Requirements to supply certified platforms
All a company needs to do to supply pre-certified platforms is to to join GCF as a Manufacturer Member.
How does Platform Certification benefit operators?
- Increases the penetration of GCF-certified products connecting to their networks
- Increases confidence in the quality of mobile-connected products
- Reduces risk of disruption from poorly performing devices - to operators’ networks, and their other customers
Encouraging the use of pre-certified mobile functionality will also increase the overall quality and reliability of mobile-connected products available to consumers and business users.