RFID

MET Labs is the innovation leader in RFID testing to ensure safety, electromagnetic compatibility, and tag and reader interoperability, working on cutting-edge programs in transportation, tolling, and medical devices.

Regulatory RFID Testing

MET Labs conducts regulatory RFID product safety and EMC testing for the major world markets.

U.S.

  • EMC – FCC Rule Part 15 or 90
  • Safety – UL 60950 for Tag Interrogators and NRTL Certification

Canada

  • EMC – RSS-210
  • Safety – CSA 60950 and SCC Certification Body

Europe

  • EMC testing in accordance to ETSI EN 301 489-1 and ETSI EN 301 489-3
  • Radio testing in accordance to ETSI 300-220
  • Safety testing in accordance to EN 60950
  • Declaration of Conformity for CE marking requirements
ISO RFID Testing

MET Laboratories is now offering MET ISO-based RFID certification of RFID devices based on several ISO-developed RFID-based standards and corresponding test methods including conformance, and interoperability where applicable. RFID products such as proximity and vicinity cards, and passive and active RFID will benefit from this testing.  Many vendors pursue this recognition to gain a competitive advantage.

MET Labs offers the following ISO RFID testing services.  This scope will be extended over time.

Frequency Standards Test Method Application
UHF ISO 18006-C ISO/18047-6C Transportation,
supply chain, other
EPCglobal RFID Testing

MET EPCglobal Test Lab
Services and programs that MET provides for EPCglobal are as follows:

  • Hardware Certification Program
  • Performance Test Center Accreditation Program
  • Software Certification Program
  • Approved RFID Testing Center (ARTC) Program
  • EPCIS Validation Portal (EPCIS VP)- a fast and simple way to visualize EPCIS events and correct errors.

EPCglobal Inc.™ Hardware Certification Program

MET Laboratories, Inc has partnered with EPCglobal Inc,™ a joint venture of EAN International and the Uniform Code Council, Inc. ® (UCC®), to develop and manage the EPCglobal Hardware Certification Program (HCP) and the Global Performance Test Center Accreditation Program.

For the HCP, MET Laboratories, is the official testing provider for the EPCglobal Hardware Certification program. MET Laboratories is testing readers and tags for interoperability and conformance to the EPCglobal Generation 2 protocol specification.

Review the Test Mode Requirements for EPC Class-1 Generation-2 UHF RFID Interrogators.

Review the Test Mode Requirements for EPC Class-1 Generation-2 UHF RFID IC’s and Tags.

Based on the user input, EPCglobal and MET have recently updated the program to provide vendors with more testing capabilities. The key components of the program is the annual subscription, the new competitive prices and additional discounts.

The annual subscription allows vendors to keep certifications current (end-users will appreciate it). Therefore, this will offer a significant competitive advantage. As part of this program, the vendor may:

  • Re-certify new versions of their products
  • Certify multiple products from the same company
  • Certify combination of new versions or products
  • Certify product for newer version of EPCglobal Specification

This flexibility will allow vendors to keep their certification current. The key features of the new pricing models are lower prices, and additional discounts. The discounts provide incentives for vendors wishing to submit hardware device for testing. This especially applies for reader vendors who implemented several software standards and also wish to be certified for Gen2 compliance.

For pricing information, please contact us.

Global Performance Test Center Accreditation Program

This is a program through which qualified facilities can be assessed and approved for RFID performance testing. MET performs the facilities assessment. Workgroups have been formed to develop the specific criteria for this program.

MET has completed facility assessments of over 10 testing centers. The sites, in Europe, Asia, South America, and in the United States have been accredited as sites using a standard set of performance test profiles to simulate real-world conditions in testing the readability of end-user products tagged with EPC certified tags.

EPCglobal Inc. Software Certification Program

MET Laboratories has been selected by EPCglobal to manage and perform certification testing of third party software that incorporates EPCglobal ratified standards. The software certification program is offered exclusively by MET. The certification testing is conduced remotely, using the internet. It is available 24/7.

MET Labs offers certification testing for the following EPCglobal software standards:

  • Reader Protocol  (RP)
  • Application Level Event (ALE)*
  • Electronic Pedigree (ePedigree)
  • EPC Information Service (EPCIS)
  • Reader Management (RM)
  • Low Level Reader Protocol (LLRP)

* Application Level Events (ALE 1.1) is an EPCglobal ratified software standard for filtering and collecting Electronic Product Code ™ data from a variety of sources. Details may be found at EPCglobal standard site. MET Laboratories, Inc. conducts the conformance testing for vendor’s ALE 1.1 products. For additional information about the conformance testing, please see ALE 1.1Conformance Testing Notes.

Approved RFID Testing Center (ARTC) Program


The ARTC program provides the opportunity for regional test centers to offer a broad range of testing and certification services based on EPCglobal and DASH7 RFID standards. This program is endorsed by EPCglobal and DASH7 Alliance.

On October 9th, 2007 at the EPCglobal Joint Action Group Meeting in Hong Kong, MET Laboratories was pleased to present the first group of accredited ARTCs. These labs are:

  1. Article Numbering Center of China (ANCC), GS1 China, located in Beijing, P.R. China
  2. Telecommunication Metrology Center of MII, located in Beijing, P.R. China
  3. Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) located in Chutung, Taiwan, ROC

Interested in becoming an ARTC?

EPCIS Validation Portal

MET Labs has designed, implemented and operates a EPICS Validation Portal. It is useful for user companies that implement RFID to validate that their data (such as EPCC keys, EPCSI events and Core Business Vocabulary) are correctly captured and stored. Once validated, that data a can be exchanged with other companies with no issues.
Learn more about this valuable tool.

RFID Blocking Testing

MET Labs is the leader in RFID blocking testing for anti-theft products featured on QVC and other home shopping networks

Some credit cards and passports are now enabled with a RFID chip (13.56 MHz) that stores information which can be retrieved by a RFID reader. The RFID enabled credit card or passport does not need to be swiped using conventional methods, and can be read by a RFID reader from only several inches away. In 2008, passport cards were issued with UHF RFID chips that operated in the 900 MHz range, and could be read from several feet away. There has been an ever increasing concern by privacy advocates that illegal RFID readers can be used to secretly obtain information by scanning for nearby RFID enabled credit cards and passports. The scanning can be performed at a distance even if the credit card or passport is concealed. Some companies have designed special sleeves and wallets that claim to protect sensitive information from being stolen. MET Laboratories, a leading independent test lab, can test and verify that these sleeves and wallets actually work by using test equipment that resembles readers that hackers may have at their disposal.

Steps to RFID Blocking Testing:

  1. We use a 13.56 MHz RFID transmitter for testing
  2. The transmitter is used to successfully read a RFID enabled credit card on a stand-alone basis
  3. Place the credit card inside a wallet or sleeve and try to read it. Reads should be unsuccessful if the wallet or sleeve shields the credit card

MET can test wallets, sleeves, clothes and other RFID blocking products to:

  • Frequencies from 13mHz to 900 mHz
  • IEEE 299 for shielding effectiveness
Medical Device RFID Susceptibility Testing

Medical device manufacturers can participate by submitting their medical products to MET for RFID testing.
MET Labs will protect anonymity of the test vendors and confidentiality of the test results. MET Labs will only share test data with FDA and AIMglobal pertaining to the validity of a finalized test protocol.

  • Manufacturer associated engineer(s) needs to be present during testing and provide setup and operating instructions. The support will include diagnosing the issue, assessing the criticality of the problem (impact on the device) and confirming validity of test results. MET will help with determining the cause of the issues and will provide advice on how to mitigate the problem.
  • The RFID testing will take 1 week to complete for each submitted device.

Test Locations:

1. Baltimore, MD
2. Santa Clara, CA

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