Rockville, MD (April 7, 2015) – SECO USA, a leading original design manufacturer of low-power embedded systems and mobile and rugged devices for original equipment manufacturers, announces its first cellular certification for this important M2M application area. The LTE-enabled device, designed and manufactured by SECO USA for a third party, is a military grade networked sensor hub, aggregating data within the device and communicating it to a central command database through a 4G commercial or private network. The networked sensor hub was built to meet the requirements of both military standard durability and cellular certification, which requires a number of radio, electronic, and mechanical performance and compliance measurements.
The networked sensor hub conforms to MIL-STD-810G requirements, meeting all required military environmental certifications, including shock/vibration, water, solar loading, and high/low temperature operation, and MIL-STD-461F requirements, passing electromagnetic (EMI/EMC) testing. To achieve cellular certification, SECO USA ushered the unit through FCC Part 15 compliance testing for unlicensed transmission devices plus PTCRB certification, which included custom antenna characterization, certification and compliance. The device also passed guidelines for Specific Absorption Rate, or SAR, which measures of the rate of absorption of radio frequency (RF) energy in human tissue. A generally rigorous process for first time certifications was passed on the first attempt for SECO USA, a company with years of wireless device design experience. With this feat, the company has additionally demonstrated its capabilities in design for LTE cellular networks.
“In this ever-evolving technological space, it is important that we continue to achieve cutting-edge standards required by our current and future clients,” stated Mark Price, SECO USA Chief Operating Officer. “Accomplishing this cellular certification maintains our stronghold in the mobile marketplace and benefits clients with our knowledge and expertise gained through this process. Similar to our use of modified COTS – wherein we leverage our proven off-the-shelf product and customize it for client needs – our knowledge and design methodologies for cellular certification will be applied to future custom devices without false starts or complications. With this latest accomplishment, we are able to design, produce and certify devices for compliance to cellular networks around the world – a key factor as we establish ourselves as experts in design and delivery of Internet of Things (IoT) devices.”
SECO USA, Inc. is an original design manufacturer of single board computers and rugged handhelds for original equipment manufacturers. SECO USA offers commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) computing platforms and modified COTS design services for custom electronic and Internet of Things product solutions. SECO USA’s products are used in a variety of markets including: military, healthcare, industrial, entertainment, and instrumentation. Products feature industry-leading technologies such as: Freescale, Texas Instruments, Intel and Marvell processors; Android, Linux, Ubuntu, and Microsoft operating systems; and communications technologies such as: cellular, Wi-Fi, RTOS, personal area network, and Ethernet. SECO USA’s engineering design services include: system, hardware, software, and packaging; support services include: product manufacturing, program management, manufacturing test development, and supply chain. SECO USA is an ITAR registered company. SECO USA products are designed and assembled in the USA. The company’s headquarters are located along the I-270 Technology Corridor in Rockville, Maryland. For more information, visit seco-usa.com.