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Global testing service provider TuV Rheinland is expanding its global involvement in the field of wireless communication technologies by acquiring 4ffCom. The telecommunications company specializes in wireless testing services for industrial companies and companies in various sectors. In addition, the company 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.

Tailor-made test solutions
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 solutions for development and certification, as offered by fully automated testing systems, are becoming increasingly important. And 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 'of all kinds' 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 or 'in the future' 5G, other new technologies, e.g. for exchanging small data volumes over long distances with low energy consumption, are also being implemented.

Complete range of wireless communication technologies for various industries
The global network of wireless technologies is becoming increasingly close-knit as a result. "Here, we are the leading testing company many times over and we are still massively investing in capacities. The integration of 4ffCom is another milestone and an excellent addition to the services we offer. Our global Wireless/IoT team is also promoting the development of testing standards, for instance, as a member of the fast-growing LoRa Alliance," explained Kischka.