Answers to frequently asked questions about the FiRa Certification Program

What is the FiRa Certification Process?

The FiRa® Certification Program is only open to FiRa members at the Sponsor, Contributor, Associate, Adopter and Affiliate levels. To be eligible to certify your devices, join FiRa today.

A FiRa Certified™ device has been tested by an independent Authorized Test Lab (ATL) using FiRa Validated Test Tools according to the FiRa Device Certification Process. Passing this testing demonstrates that the device complies with the relevant FiRa specifications.

All FiRa Certified devices have undergone a rigorous testing process consisting of two parts: conformance testing and interoperability testing; therefore, these devices comply with the applicable features in the FiRa specifications.

The certification listing fee is USD 2,500 for an initial tested device and USD 1,000 for a rebranded device, a variant device or a device that uses a certified module. The listing fee does not include the cost of testing the device by an Authorized Test Lab (ATL). Learn more about the certification process.

The FiRa Certified logo is available for use by FiRa members who have signed the license agreement and certified UWB-enabled devices. This industry-facing logo is designed to assure the market that a device supports and complies with the applicable features of the FiRa specifications. Use of the FiRa Certified logo is granted to a FiRa member once the certification process is completed. In accordance with the FiRa Brand Guidelines, the FiRa Certified logo may be used on websites, sales materials and collateral, documentation, product packaging, etc.

Why Should We Certify Our Products?

Yes. FiRa certification provides proof that your device conforms to FiRa specifications. It's the first step in demonstrating that your device will work with other FiRa Certified devices.

Benefits of device certification include:

  • Provides proof that your device meets the requirements of the FiRa Certification Program
  • Lists your device(s) on the FiRa website along with all other certified devices
  • Attracts customers who prefer to purchase a certified device instead of a non-certified device
  • Enables the path to interoperability in a growing ecosystem of FiRa Certified devices

No, you may not claim that your device is FiRa Certified unless the device has been certified.

Once your device is certified, you will be allowed to use the FiRa Certified logo on your product, packaging, website, manuals, etc. This must be done in accordance with the FiRa Brand Guidelines. In addition, to help bring broader visibility to certified devices, FiRa Certified devices can be listed on the FiRa website.

How Does the Certification Program Work?

FiRa has enabled the Core Certification Program which covers the physical (PHY) and media access control (MAC) layer. With the introduction of Certification Release 2.0, FiRa now offers feature set certification. It means a device can select the feature(s) aimed for certification. All features in the initial Certification Release 1.0 are fully available in 2.0.

In the future FiRa may extend its certification offering to include profile certification or similar.

No. The certification criteria will continue to evolve over time. The Core Certification Program covers mandatory PHY and MAC features. FiRa is continuously working to extend its certification program to enable new use cases.

As the FiRa specifications evolve, features are collected into a stable set of requirements. These requirements are included in test specifications which are then implemented by test tool vendors. Once all steps to enable a new certification release are complete, FiRa will additionally offer certification for these new features.  

There is a 180-day overlap period upon the publication of a new certification release. During this 180-day period, a vendor may choose to certify their device to either the previous certification release or the new certification release. At the end of the 180 days, all devices must be certified to the new certification release.

Yes. Devices are certified to a specific certification release. Each certificate is limited to the specific hardware, software and/or firmware version of the device used for certification.

Devices already certified to a certification release are not subject to future changes in the certification criteria. Retesting is not required when a new certification release is issued.

However, if a vendor would like their product listing on the FiRa website to reflect a newer certification release, the vendor may submit their device for re-certification.

Yes. FiRa grants certification to a specific certification release for a specific hardware, software and/or firmware version of a device. Any changes made to a previously-certified device will require re-certification. For device re-certification, existing certification test results may be inherited.

The certification release that was used to certify a device is listed on the FiRa Certified device listing on the FiRa website. If a vendor would like their device to reflect a newer certification release, they may submit their device to be re-certified to the new certification criteria.

A device that incorporates a previously-certified device may inherit all or part of its certification test results. Which test results are inherited and how much re-testing is required, if any, is determined by FiRa on a case-by-case basis and depends on the scope of the changes made to the certified device.

The vendor of a certified device may grant another vendor (i.e., a reseller) the right to sell the device under a different name, model and/or revision number. Certification of this rebranded device is not automatically granted.

The reseller must submit the rebranded device for certification and identify the original certified device. The rebranded device may reuse some or all of the test results depending on the scope of the changes made to the original certified device.

All certification testing must be done at a FiRa Authorized Test Lab (ATL).

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