Empowering the Art of Smart Living

UL, a global leader in safety science, announced the opening of IoT (Internet of Things) SSL Lab located in Songshan Lake (SSL), Dongguan on March 22, 2016.  This new lab is aiming to provide comprehensive testing and certification services to IoT related industries to help assure the safety of the connectivity of high-tech products and the security of data transmission.   Sajeev Jesudas, president of UL Consumer Business Unit and Barry Yu, general manager of UL Consumer Technology Division (Greater China), joined more than 150 representatives from UL’s clients to attend the grand opening.
The Internet of Things generally refers to a network making a new style of connection of physical objects of sensors, controllers, machines, even people by taking advantage of communication technologies, such as local networks or internet, so as to realize connectivity through a remote controlled and managed smart network. In the foreseeable future, almost all kinds of home appliances will be connected by embedded sensors, application programs and wireless networks to make our living more smart; it means that we will be able to switch on air conditioning in advance of coming home and enjoy appropriate temperature upon arrival; automatically opening curtains in the morning; automated music and a freshly-made breakfast to greet you in the morning; on the security side, if the house is burgled, it can take the initiative to call the police to protect the safety of the family and property; auto-driving cars will also be a safe and convenient daily travel choice; in the future, all home equipment and appliances will be intelligent and operated by remote control.
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.  According to the most current source, it is estimated that up until 2015, China’s IoT industry had generated a market value of RMB750 billion. However, there are still existing factors that restrict the leading development of China’s IoT industry in the world. In particular, industry standards are still missing; the supply chain is far from being sound, and the key technologies on which IoT is based need to be enhanced. Data safety, cyber security, system security and reliability are also critical factors in the evolution of IoT.  Obviously, these issues have further highlighted the positive role that TIC institutions play for safeguarding and underpinning the high-tech and emerging industries.
As an authoritative TIC institution with more than 120 years of history, UL is constantly investing in cutting-edge testing services.  UL is sensitive to grasping the potential risks in the market and the pursuit of excellence, which continuously helps emerging industries to make breakthroughs and help a new generation of products gain market recognition quickly and safely.“Based on our foresights and great efforts for technology investment, UL is committed to eliminate the inherent risks of emerging industries, and is a pioneer in the safety standard setting for innovative products to safeguard the product quality and help protect public safety,” said Sajeev Jesudas.
“Along with the progress of science and technology and rapid developing of smart living, UL will rely on its profound professional experience and leading science to help ensure the innovation feasibility of enterprises and lead the new products and technologies to an appreciable prospect. In the future, UL will be committed to the continuous development of technology, empowering the science of the smart living for the consumers worldwide,” Jesudas added. 

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                                 Sajeev Jesudas, president of UL Consumer delivers opening speech

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. In addition, to provide the most advanced testing solutions for customers, UL has been working closely with well-known technology organizations, including AirFuel Alliance, Bluetooth SIG, Green Button, NFC Forum, MediaTek, Thread, Wireless Power Consortium, Qualcomm, Wi-Fi Alliance and ZIGBEE Alliance, etc.

“By introducing most advanced performance testing and innovative safety solutions, UL is able to help the manufacturers of innovation. UL is capable of confirming the compliance of products at the design stage, and helps to deliver confidence in perfect quality and safety, showing the global interoperability and connectivity of products, so as to bring the next generation of products to market quickly and successfully. This will greatly increase manufacturers’ confidence in winning the recognition of market,” said Barry Yu said.

“The newly built UL SSL lab will be continuously expanded, at the same time, constantly enhancing technical capacity. We will expand the scope of testing and certification services, as well as will increase the investment in standards research and development. We have the intention to make the new lab a technology R&D center of this industry and constantly push the industries forward,” Yu added.

IMG_9171         Barry Yu, general manager of UL Consumer Technology Division (Greater China) introduces new testing capability of UL. IoT. SSL lab. 
In the future, UL SSL lab will continuously provide professional and innovative support and bring forward comprehensive solutions for China’s IoT industry. On the one hand, with UL’s state-of-the-art testing facility, global leading expertise and rigorous technical processes, UL is ready to enable their customer’s business success.  On the other hand, as an important industrial base in China, the city of Dongguan and the surrounding areas have inherent geographical and commercial advantages. UL’s new lab will make a contribution in promoting technology innovation and helping to boost the development of the local economy; it will also help to raise the competitiveness and brand value of Chinese manufactures in the global market.
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