TUV Rheinland certification chief takes up chairmanship of TCB Council

NEWTOWN, Conn., May 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — TUV Rheinland, a global leader in independent technical services, has extended its leadership in the field of IoT (Internet of Things) testing with the election of its global testing and certification body program manager, Bill Graff, as the new Chairman of the Telecommunication Certification Body (TCB) Council. The TCB Council is an association of accredited certification bodies with the authority to issue Grants of Equipment Authorization for compliance with Federal Communications Commission rules.

Active in the TCB council since its inception in 2001, Mr. Graff has been involved in wireless testing and approval for over 30 years, spending the last 15 years concentrating exclusively on North American radio rules.


“Before moving to California, Bill lived in Taipei for seven years, meeting and training people through seminars at many independent laboratories in Asia. He has built a reputation as a subject matter expert on FCC and Canadian rules and regulations. Today, as Global TCB Program Manager at TUV Rheinland North America Group, he is respected as a global expert in regulatory affairs,” said Mr. Stefan Kischka, Vice President Wireless / Internet of Things at TUV Rheinland.

A growing global IoT testing footprint

By 2020 the number of wireless devices online is expected to top the 23 billion mark, representing a market worth an estimated U$291.2 million. Verizon Ventures estimates that funding for enterprise IoT technology is outpacing that of consumer-grade technologies by roughly two to three times.

This latest development follows a series of key TUV Rheinland wireless and IoT initiatives in recent months, including the acquisition of a new wireless lab in Sweden, becoming the first official LoRa Alliance test house in the US and opening the most comprehensive short and long range IoT wireless testing facility in Silicon Valley.

“It is clear that testing and certification services which help speed products to market are rapidly becoming a critical ingredient for success. The TCB Council provides a forum for dialogue between the FCC and testing and certification bodies to create a common platform for in-depth discussions on a wide variety of technical subjects,” said Mr. Graff.

As demand for IoT products grows at breathtaking speed, TUV Rheinland is committed to providing the highest quality testing services to ensure that these inherently connected devices can work at peak performance and with no vulnerabilities.

“The election of a TUV Rheinland veteran like Bill Graff as Chairman of the TCB Council is a prime example of that philosophy in action,” said Mr. Kischka.

About TUV Rheinland

TUV Rheinland is a global leader in independent inspection services, founded 145 years ago. The group employs 19,700 people around the globe. Annual revenue is more than EURO1.9 billion. The independent experts stand for quality and safety for people, technology and the environment in nearly all industrial sectors and areas of life. TUV Rheinland inspects technical equipment, products and services, and oversees projects, processes and information security for companies. Its experts train people in a wide range of careers and industries. To this end, the company operates a global network of approved labs and testing and education centers. Since 2006, TUV Rheinland has been a member of the United Nations Global Compact to promote sustainability and combat corruption. Website: www.tuv.com

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