DTG Testing and CAI join to provide European IRS Certification Scheme

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Inverto has 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.”

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