Authorized Test Equipment Program from DASH7 Alliance

December 2, 2010

National Instruments announces availability of the first authorized platform for DASH7 interoperability testing.

SEOUL, Korea -- The DASH7 Alliance, a non-profit industry consortium that promotes the ISO 18000-7 standard for wireless sensor networking, announced the DASH7 Authorized Test Equipment program, providing DASH7 device developers with a common test equipment platform for ensuring interoperability across all DASH7 devices.

The program, aimed at DASH7 hardware developers, was also endorsed by National Instruments, who announced membership in the DASH7 Alliance and availability of its product specifically configured for DASH7 interoperability testing.

"As the first test equipment vendor in the world to receive DASH7 authorization status, we are excited to join the DASH7 Alliance at this exciting juncture," said Eric Starkloff, VP of Product Marketing at National Instruments. "As a company dedicated to providing both wireless test systems and sensor data acquisition, we understand the need for standards and interoperability and are encouraged by the DASH7 commitment to both."

"Companies using DASH7 Authorized Test Equipment benefit from faster time to market and lower development costs since they learn of conformance and interoperability issues during the product development process, not after," said Ted Osinski, Director of RFID Programs at MET Laboratories. "The DASH7 interoperability program is, from top to bottom, the finest in the wireless sensor networking industry today."

The DASH7 Authorized Test Equipment program is available to test equipment companies who join the DASH7 Alliance and demonstrate to MET Labs and DASH7 Testing and Certification Workgroup that their equipment complies with DASH7 test protocol and usability requirements. This program is also targeted at third party test labs seeking to build a business around certifying DASH7 products. Companies interested in participating in the DASH7 Authorized Test Equipment program should email Paul Ritchie, Executive Director of the DASH7 Alliance, at paul@dash7.org.

About DASH7 Technology
Products with DASH7 wireless sensor networking capability simplify the way we connect wirelessly with the people, places and things around us. Operating in the license-free 433.92 MHz spectrum, DASH7 offers multi-kilometer range, multi-year battery life, sensor and security support, as well as tag-to-tag communications. DASH7 is the brand given to the ISO 18000-7 standard for active RFID similar to the use of the WiFi brand for IEEE 802.11 communications.

About the DASH7 Alliance
Formed in 2009, the DASH7 Alliance is a non-profit industry consortium with more than 50 participants that promotes the use of the ISO 18000-7 standard for wireless sensor networking. Participating organizations include Analog Devices, Arira Design, Cambridge University, Chung Nam Electronics, Confidex, Cubic, Damco, DH Technology, Dow, Evigia Systems, Guard RFID, Identec Solutions, KPC, Lockheed Martin, Lyngsoe Systems, Melexis, MET Laboratories, Michelin, National Instrument, Novitaz, Odette, OnAsset Intelligence, Ramtron, Revere Security, RFind, Semtech, Savi Technology, SecureRF, Security Innovations, System Planning Corporation, ST Microelectronics, Syrma, Texas Instruments, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Energy, University of Nebraska, University of Wisconsin, and VI Service Network. Membership is open to end users, technology providers and research organizations.

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