This Tuesday (2016.3.22), UL announced the opening of SSL Lab located in Songshan Lake (SSL), Dongguan. This new lab is aiming to provide comprehensive testing and certification services to IoT related industries. Sajeev Jesudas, president of UL Consumer Business Unit was interviewed by Sina and expressed his opinion on IoT safety and smart home safety.

In a recent presentation of the Government Work Report 2016,  Premier LI Keqiang  emphasized that strengthening the leading role of innovation, promoting big data, encouraging the development of cloud computing and the Internet of Things are the major ingredients in the economic development blueprint of China.  It is estimated that up until 2015, China’s IoT industry had generated a market value of RMB750 billion.

However, in the 315 Consumer Day Gala, CCTV exposed some underlying safety concerns of smart technologies including Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). Jesudas expressed the emergence of smart technologies in our lives not only brings us convenience, but also risks of hackers attack. These technologies can bring us endless troubles if they are not safe. Even though these dangers remain hidden now, we will still have to work on safety engineering if our safety measures are far from the development of smart technologies industry.

Jesudas said in face of the challenges, China needs to strengthen her innovation, originality and be independent. China should develop core technologies with intellectual properties, expand the industry and establish production line. China has to foster trial application and value chain. While China is developing a standard for IoT and promoting its wide application, she should also enhance the safety of flow of information. Thus, UL strives to support the establishment of safety regulation in China.

The new lab will provide services and technologies including connectivity, interoperability, compatibility, usability, wireless testing, data & transaction & cyber security, PCB failure analysis, wireless charging, fast charging, EMC, energy efficiency, etc. These activities include but are not limited to smart home, in-vehicle infotainment, wearable devices, 3D printing, smart robotics, unmanned aerial vehicle, VR, gaming and PC benchmark, etc.

Jesudas also pointed out the reason of choosing Dongguan. As an important industrial base in China, the city of Dongguan and the surrounding areas have inherent geographical and commercial advantages. Hence, customers of high technology would be served more conveniently and can promote the healthy development of IoT and related industries in China.

Through IoT, Jesudas believes simple and smart safety cameras can highly raise home safety. Smart home is essential in IoT. We can remote control our home technologies with our phone no matter where we are.

IoT technologies are being used to monitor environmental conditions that could affect human. IoT-equipped sensors can be used to detect rising water levels in rivers and streams that could lead to flooding, localized atmospheric conditions and signal risk of an earthquake, landslide or avalanche.

Yet, IoT technologies still possess safety issues like information safety, cyber security, data safety and furthermore, the safety of the technological smart device. These are all aspects UL is working on.

Click here to download UL white paper “An Introduction to Internet of Things”

Source: Sina News (in Traditional Chinese)