TUV Rheinland expands wireless test with 4ffCom AG acquisition

September 29, 2017 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
TUV Rheinland is expanding its global involvement in the field of wireless communication technologies by acquiring 4ffCom, a telecommunications company based in Bochum that specializes in wireless testing services for industrial companies and companies in various sectors, such as entertainment electronics, the automotive sector and medicine.

Further, 4ffCom also develops its own test systems in the area of mobile and short-range wireless communications.

"With the integration of 4ffCom, we are now able to offer our customers their own fully automated testing solutions, also known as comprehensive testing environments (CTE). Furthermore, these solutions can be easily tailored to the needs of the product manufacturer concerned. This new option allows us to offer tailored CTE systems and highlights our customer focus while strengthening our position in the global IoT market in the long run," explained Stefan Kischka, Vice President Wireless/Internet of Things at TUV Rheinland.

The rapid changes in the area of wireless technology are a challenge for companies. In particular, tailored CTE systems reduce the amount of time required from product development to market approval. This is why effective wireless test systems for development and certification, as offered by fully automated testing systems, are becoming increasingly important. By integrating 4ffCom, TUV Rheinland is also strengthening its advisory capabilities in the field of wireless communication technologies. The demand for this is growing as an increasing number of objects are connected to each other over the Internet using wireless networks.

TUV Rheinland has been helping to actively shape these trends for a number of years. In addition to testing and certifying wireless standards such as 2G, 3G, 4G, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, ZigBee and in the future 5G, other new technologies, for example, for exchanging small data volumes over long distances with low energy consumption, are also being implemented.



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