Peabody, MA Many smartwatches or activity trackers are worn in contact with the skin 24/7. To ensure this will not result in a rash or skin irritation, voluntary testing by TÜV SÜD checks for mechanical and technical safety, but also chemical safety and aspects of usability. As the first customer from Asia, Huawei had its new HUAWEI FIT model MES-B19 tested according to the TÜV SÜD standard and was awarded the Wearables certification mark. It is also the first model to include the usability test of the mark. The new Huawei fitness watch will be presented on Thursday 3 November 2016 in Munich.
“The market for wearable technologies is booming. As consumers generally wear these devices 24/7, the aspect of personal health and safety is of special significance. The TÜV SÜD certification mark is designed to offer guidance to customers”, explains Asli Solmaz-Kaiser, Head of Electrical and Electronics (ENE) International at TÜV SÜD Product Service. “We improve safety and reliability for consumers, but also for manufacturers. By affixing the certification mark to its product, Huawei can now demonstrate that its MES-B19 offers quality above and beyond the legal requirements”, adds the wearables expert.
Extensive test standard
TÜV SÜD Product Service tests fitness watches for a variety of features, such as pedometer sensitivity to ensure that small hand movements are not counted as steps. In addition, the standard also covers the fastening of the wristband and the clasp plus the device's resistance to shock, scratching and falls. Usability testing includes the evaluation of the heart rate monitoring function against medical EKG device to ensure the accuracy of the measurement. The HUAWEI FIT MES-B19 is also waterproof 5ATM. As well as the product as such, certification also includes inspection and surveillance of the production factories. The criteria were developed on the basis of numerous test standards, including EN 60950-1/A2, EN 60529 and EN 60065.
Further services for the wearables market
TÜV SÜD offers further testing solutions for wearable technologies, such as testing the battery life of wearable devices, wireless connection technologies and specific absorption rate (SAR). The technical services provider also assesses biocompatibility and tests mobile applications according to ISO 25051, ISO 9241 and various national and international testing and certification programs. TÜV SÜD supports companies in national and international approval processes, providing product tests for CE marking and conformity certificates according to the European RED (Radio Equipment Directive) and EMC Directives, and can assist with obtaining grants for radio and telecoms equipment from the Federal Communication Commission (FCC).
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The year 2016 marks the 150th anniversary of TÜV SÜD – a premium quality, safety, and sustainability solutions provider that specializes in testing, inspection, auditing, certification, training, and knowledge services. Since 1866, the company has remained committed to its founding principle of protecting people, property and the environment from technology-related risks. Headquartered in Munich, Germany, TÜV SÜD is represented in more than 850 locations worldwide. TÜV SÜD operates globally with a team of more than 24,000 multi-disciplinary experts recognized as specialists in their respective fields. By combining impartial expertise with invaluable insights, the company adds tangible value to businesses, consumers and the environment. The aim of TÜV SÜD is to support customers with a comprehensive suite of services worldwide to increase efficiency, reduce costs and manage risk. Today, it continues to play a pivotal role as a future-oriented company shaping industry “next practice”. www.tuv-sud.com