Munich - TÜV SÜD and Wearable Technologies Group AG (WT AG) have developed a programme for the testing of smart watches and activity trackers. Products identified with this new TÜV SÜD certification mark have been tested for all relevant quality criteria. Before the certification mark can be affixed, products are tested for mechanical, technical and chemical safety and for certain aspects of usability according to defined and established criteria.
TÜV SÜD Product Service tests features such as the sensitivity of fitness trackers, to ensure that hand movements are not counted as steps. Testing of “interference immunity” ensures that high-voltage lines, pasture fences and other heart-rate monitors and electronic devices will not interfere with measurements. In addition, testing also covers GPS accuracy, the fastening system and the clasp of the fitness tracker as well as its resistance to shock, scratching and falls. In addition to the product as such, we will also provide inspection and surveillance of the production factories.
Special significance of personal safety
“The market for wearable technologies is booming. As consumers wear the devices around the clock, the issue of personal safety is of special significance. The new TÜV SÜD mark is designed to offer guidance to customers“, explains Asli Solmaz-Kaiser, Manager Electrics and Electronics (ENE) International at TÜV SÜD Product Service. “We improve safety and reliability for consumers, but also for manufacturers”, explains Solmaz-Kaiser.
Certification mark for fitness trackers for personal use
If a wrist-worn fitness tracker passes the test on the basis of the defined criteria, it will be identified by the TÜV SÜD certification mark. However, the certification mark is only issued for wrist-worn wearables that are not intended for professional use. Products for medical and therapeutic purposes and their associated apps are not covered by this test. The criteria were developed on the basis of numerous test standards, including EN 60950-1:/A2, test module ID 55177, EN 60529 and EN 60065.
Further services for the WT market
In addition to the above, TÜV SÜD offers further testing solutions for wearable technologies, such as testing the battery life of wearable devices, wireless connection technologies and specific absorption rate (SAR). The technical services provider also assesses biocompatibility and tests mobile applications according to ISO 25051 and ISO 9241 and various national and international testing and certification programmes. TÜV SÜD supports companies in national and international approval processes, providing product tests for CE marking and conformity certificates according to the European R&TTE and EMC Directives, and can assist with obtaining grants for radio and telecoms equipment from the Federal Communication Commission (FCC).