Issue: Jul 2015


DEKRA Acquires Testing Expertise for Internet of Things



by Alan Tran

The international expert organisation DEKRA is taking over the testing company AT4 wireless in Malaga, Spain. A contract to this effect was signed on June 29, 2015. With this, DEKRA is completing its range of testing services for wireless communication and electromagnetic compatibility (EMC). DEKRA is thereby securing key expertise for the future trends Industry 4.0 and Automotive 4.0.

Headquartered in Malaga, AT4 wireless has a workforce of 285 employees and has laboratories in Spain, Chile, USA and Taiwan. The Andalusian company offers testing and approval services to telecommunication device manufacturers with a focus on wireless, interoperability and conformity testing. In addition, AT4 offers global services for network operators, such as the device acceptance, field testing and interoperability. 

"With this acquisition, DEKRA is preparing itself for the challenges of the Internet of Things," says Stefan Kolbl, Chairman of the Management Board of DEKRA e.V. and DEKRA SE. "Vehicles, machines and consumer goods are increasingly connected and communicating by means of wireless transmission methods, of which the safety, performance and security must be ensured. The growth in expertise thanks to AT4 wireless constitutes a major step for DEKRA on our way to becoming a global partner for a safer world."

DEKRA is systematically expanding the portfolio of the Service Unit Product Testing and Certification. This is already the third transaction this year in the field of product testing, strengthening its position as service provider to the consumer and automotive electronics industries. In January DEKRA acquired the EMC service provider QuieTek in Taiwan. In May, the Joint Venture DEKRA iST, also based in Taiwan, was announced. This company focuses on reliability testing and failure analysis.

"With AT4 wireless, DEKRA is becoming a full service provider and can support customers in diverse industry sectors throughout their value chain," says Ivo Rauh, member of the DEKRA SE Management Board and Head of the DEKRA industrial business unit. "The focus here is on the IT, telecommunication and electronic industries, with special focus on the automotive sector, for which we now also offer testing expertise for vehicle connectivity and automated driving systems."

"As a member of the DEKRA family, AT4 wireless with its highly qualified employees is in a perfect position to continue along its successful path," emphasises Bert Zoetbrood, head of the DEKRA Service Unit Product Testing and Certification. "Thanks to the strong international presence of AT4 wireless, we see numerous opportunities to further expand business and strengthen our relationship with major customers from the telecommunication and automotive industries by means of synergies with other DEKRA companies."

For more information:

www.dekra.com

www.at4wireless.com

About DEKRA

DEKRA has been active in the field of safety for 90 years. Founded in 1925 in Berlin as Deutscher Kraftfahrzeug-Uberwachungs-Verein e.V., it is today one of the world's leading expert organizations. DEKRA SE is a subsidiary of DEKRA e.V. and manages the Group's operating business. DEKRA generated sales of over EUR 2.5 billion in 2014. The company currently employs around 35,000 people in more than 50 countries on all five continents. With qualified and independent expert services, they work for safety on the road, at work and at home. These services range from vehicle inspection and expert appraisals to claims services, industrial and building inspections, safety consultancy, testing and certification of products and systems, as well as training courses and temporary work.

In 2015, DEKRA placed 47th in the consulting company Interbrand's ranking of "Best German Brands 2015" with a brand value of EUR 198 million. This puts DEKRA the only TIC (Testing, Inspection and Certification) player in the top 50 most valuable brands and the best known TIC brand in Germany.

In 2025, the vision for the company's 100th birthday is that DEKRA will be the global partner for a safe world.



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