Certification Guide (Members Only)

The following describes the certification system run by the ECHONET Consortium.

Purposes and benefits

Consortium member companies can verify conformity of their products with ECHONET Lite standards by obtaining certification through a certification program run by the ECHONET Consortium.

Members can post certified products on the Consortium’s website to indicate that they are ECHONET-compatible. This will help spread awareness of the products. Members can also place an ECHONET logo on the products, indicating the reliability of the product to consumers.

About the ECHONET Lite specifications

There are three types of specifications specified by the ECHONET Consortium: ECHONET Lite supecifications, Detailed Requirements for ECHONET Device objects, and Interface Specifications for Application Communication (AIF specifications).
The ECHONET Lite specifications specify a frame format and communication procedures that communicate information between devices. The Detailed Requirements for ECHONET Device Objects specifies device operation functions in detail as control commands. 
The AIF specifications specify more specific usages for each device compared to those specified by the ECHONET Lite specifications.

The following shows the structure of the ECHONET Lite specifications.

About the certification system

Products developed following ECHONET Lite specifications, the Detailed Requirements for ECHONET Device Objects, and AIF specifications shall obtain certification through the ECHONET Lite certification program and AIF certification specifications.

These two authentication systems are certified by ECHONET. The following diagram shows the test composition.

ECHONET Lite certification system
 To certificate products developed following the ECHONET Lite specifications and Detailed Requirements for ECHONET Device Objects, applicants*1 shall carry out a self-conformity test based on the certification test specifications*2, and then a authorized certification body*3 shall judge the conformance of the certification based on the results of the document screening.
AIF certification specification
To certificate AIF specifications, a certification test body*4 shall carry out a conformance test for the certification range of the AIF specifications. Then, an authorized certification body*3 shall judge the conformance of the certification.

Certification can be acquired using the following three methods according to the device to be tested.

1. For low/high- voltage smart electric meters

To certificate devices verified [AIF specifications] for low/high- voltage smart electric meters, a certification test body*4 shall carry out a conformance test for the certification range of the AIF specifications. For the certification range for the ECHONET Lite specification, certification test body*4 shall also carry out a conformance test. The authorized certification body*3 shall then judge conformance for the certification ranges of the ECHONET Lite specifications and AIF specifications.

2. For devices defined [AIF specifications] other than low/high- voltage smart electric meters

To certificate verified devices [AIF specifications] other than low/high- voltage smart electric meters, a certification test body*4 shall carry out a conformance test for the certification range of the AIF specifications. For the certification range of the ECHONET Lite specifications, applicants*1 shall carry out a self-conformity test based on the certification test specifications*2. The authorized certification body*3 shall then judge conformance for the authentication ranges of the ECHONET Lite specifications and AIF specifications.

3. Devices for which AIF specifications are not defined

Applicable devices Smart electric meters Devices defined AIF specifications other than smart electric meters Devices not defined AIF specifications
AIF specifications certification test Tests provided by a test body Tests provided by a test body  ―
AIF specifications certification Certification provided by an Certification body Certification provided by an Certification body  ―
ECHONET Lite certification test Tests provided by a test body Self conformity test Self conformity test
ECHONET Lite certification Certification provided by an Certification body Certification provided by an Certification body Certification provided by an Certification body

Notes:
※1. Applicants shall be a member of the ECHONET Consortium
※2. ECHONET Consortium member only
※3.Certification body authorized by the ECHONET Consortium
※4.Test body authorized by the ECHONET Consortium

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