INVERTO BECOME FIRST COMPANY TO PASS DTG TESTING AND CAI’S EUROPEAN IRS CERTIFICATION SCHEME (EICS)
Posted on 25th November 2020 at 16:04
25th November 2020: Inverto have become the first company to pass DTG Testing and CAI’s newly launched European-wide assurance scheme for TV and Satellite distribution equipment known as the European IRS Certification Scheme (EICS). The first scheme of its kind, it will 'provide reassurance of end-to-end device compatibility, interoperability and robust RF performance within satellite and DTT distribution systems.'
The scheme has been developed through an industry collaboration of satellite and DTT platforms, major equipment manufacturers, and led by industry associations DTG and CAI. It consists of a test specification underpinned by international standards and a consumer-facing logo. Manufacturers of equipment such as receivers, dSCRs, multi switches, fibre gateways, launch amplifiers and LNBs can display the logo on their products after successfully passing the required tests.
Leading supplier of broadcast reception equipment, Inverto, have become the first company to pass the test specification with their 4-port and 8-port dSCR products, demonstrating the high quality of the Inverto solution and compatibility with all major satellite and TV platforms.
Supported by the leading retailers, the logo will ensure a high quality of experience for the end customer. End-users, such as installers, specifiers, housing associations and platform operators can use the logo to recognise equipment that is compatible with all major satellite and TV services; and therefore interoperable with other EICS equipment.
DTG Testing will provide testing against the EICS specification at their UKAS accredited laboratory based in London. CAI will operate the scheme and will include a market surveillance programme to maintain a high standard of EICS-marked equipment.
Alex Buchan, Strategic Technologist at the DTG, said "DTG Testing is delighted to launch this scheme in partnership with the CAI. The new scheme is great news for TV platforms, manufacturers of satellite and TV distribution equipment, and installers who can select products with confidence when they see the EICS mark."
Peter Sealey, Chairman of CAI, said "CAI are pleased to have worked with DTG Testing to develop this new Product Certification Scheme, which follows on from the success of CAI’s existing Cable and Aerial Certification Schemes. This new scheme will enable our members, as well as other parts of the industry, to select the best products for their installations. The EICS mark will also enable developers, landlords and the specifiers working for them, to ensure they get systems that work as intended, when combined with CAI Codes of Practice and installation by our members."
About DTG Testing (part of the Digital Television Group)
DTG Testing is a not-for-profit and vital test laboratory resource for the TV and satellite industries. Based in London, it is the only test lab in Europe to be ISO/IEC 17025:2017 accredited by UKAS to carry out testing against an amplifier and antenna testing for RED compliance. DTG Testing also provides expert input on international standards development as well as Notified Body and test services for a range of technologies including broadcast FM and AM radio, digital terrestrial television and satellite.
CAI was formed in 1978 to represent, and establish standards in, the rapidly growing TV signal reception industry. Although the technologies which members work with have developed beyond anyone’s expectations, CAI core strengths remain the same. Because we set industry standards, and vet applications to join, consumers who use a CAI member can be confident that the member they choose will have the skills and expertise necessary to complete their work to the expected standard.
CAI now represents businesses of all sizes, from sole traders to multinationals, and specialising in many different areas of our industry. Members work in both the domestic and commercial sectors, and whether the member is an installing company, consultant, distributor or manufacturer, they are all experts in their area of the audio, video and data reception and distribution industry.
Source: CAI New Bulletin 25/11/2020
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