When utilities are considering deploying ZigBee meters and HAN devices, the question often arises: “If I’m working with ZigBee certified devices, doesn’t that guarantee that they will work out of the box? Why do I need any more testing?” Testing mitigates the risks involved with problems beyond the scope of the specifications.
NTS is the first and leading test lab certified to test for the ZigBee Alliance. NTS has amassed an extensive knowledge base gained by its experience performing testing for hundreds of clients around the world. Ranging from RF distance and signal propagation to interoperability issues of incompatible revision levels, problems can surface for various reasons. Some are clearly outside the scope of ZigBee protocol testing, while others are due to different interpretations of the specification. Regardless of the reasons, these problems can end up causing serious headaches with field deployments, resulting in cost overruns and dissatisfied customers. NTS has compiled the five most common, major areas where testing was able to mitigate risk and save money, while preventing improper installations.
For more information, click here for NTS’s white paper on the Top 5 Reasons for Failures in ZigBee Deployments (159)