BRITE Energy Labs

Welcome to the BRITE Energy Labs for testing, research and development in Warren, Ohio! We are centrally located just an hour from Akron/Canton, Cleveland and Pittsburgh. Our facilities are suitable for testing all manner of energy related devices and systems.

IoT Device Battery Life Testing

The need for convenience and portability has led to increasingly smaller and battery-operated devices. As such, IoT devices developers today face many challenges when it comes to accurately calculating and validating the device’s battery life expectancy. To optimize the battery life of your IoT device, firstly, you need to determine what are the sub-systems that make up your device; for example, RF radio, display, beeper, vibrator etc., and how much current each subsystem will draw until your device’s battery runs out.

To optimize the battery life of your IoT device, firstly, you need to determine what are the sub-systems that make up your device; for example, RF radio, display, beeper, vibrator etc., and how much current each subsystem will draw until your device’s battery runs out.

Our Keysight X8712A helps you perform event-based power consumption analysis on your IoT device using its power analyzer, RF event detector, and Event-based Power Analysis Software.

It captures RF and/or DC events from your IoT device, synchronously match the events to the current consumption and helps you optimize the battery life of your device.

Key Features & Specifications

  • Automated correlation between RF or DC events to power consumption in a single display
  • Individual RF or DC event’s post data analysis providing current consumption in percentage and its occupied time in percentage
  • Battery life estimation
  • Triggering function by each channel
  • In-depth current analysis by zones/segments

Detect design weakness with quick and effortless event-based power consumption analysis For battery powered IoT devices, it is important for you to know the critical RF or DC events that contribute to the power consumption and the frequency of these events. You will also need to know when these events happen.

The X8712A automatically correlates critical RF or DC events of your device to the power consumed to help you to quickly identify the areas that are consuming the most current. The KS833A1A Event-based Power Analysis software calculates how much time the RF or DC event occupies and how much current it consumes, and also allows you to view the estimated battery life to give you a relative measure of battery drawdown.

Learn more about this special equipment here.

IoT Battery Life Tasks that can be performed at BRITE:

  • Estimate battery life and/or determine battery size of your IoT device
  • Determine what current is pulled during different operations of your device
  • Detect design weaknesses in your IoT device
  • Measure timing of IoT events and correlate to power.

A typical evaluation of your device might involve 1-2 days with our system and technicians and can be accomplished for under $1000 depending on scope. Please contact us so that we can discuss your needs.

IoT Device RF Performance Testing

For IoT device manufacturers, the manufacturing test stage is critical especially after the final assembly of your IoT device to ensure that you are shipping good products to your customers that are performing as per intended design and specifications. Field failures would cause customer dissatisfaction, or worse product recalls where your brand and reputation will be affected.
Our Keysight X8711A is a unique integrated solution which measures important RF performance indicators of your IoT device while it is operating normally with production-release software. This ensures that your device is sufficiently tested for manufacturing defects including missing or wrong components, solder issues and more.

Our Keysight X8711A IoT device functional test solution is a cost-effective, over-the-air signaling test solution that allows you to test your IoT devices in actual operation mode and in its final form. With this solution, you can:

  • Complete transmit (Tx) power and receiver (Rx) Packet Error Rate (PER) test in seconds
  • Objectively measure key transmitter and receiver parameters with quantitative measurements, ensuring device quality and performance
  • Easily perform Bluetooth® Low Energy 4.2 and WLAN b/g/n signaling power measurements with measurement suites that include test steps

Functional Testing Solution for IoT Devices – A New Way to Achieve Faster Time to Market, At A Lower Cost

Test your IoT devices in normal operation mode after final assembly

Miniaturization of IoT devices eliminates test points, making contact testing impossible. With the X8711A’s over-the-air signaling test capability, you do not need to take your device apart or change its firmware to a test firmware. All test setup complexities and opportunities for error associated with physical connections or firmware changes are removed, so you can reduce time and cost of test development.

Assure that your devices meet quality levels

The X8711A objectively measures key transmitter and receiver parameters which would be affected by manufacturing defects with quantitative measurements of RF signals, such as the Input Power measurement and receiver sensitivity tests.

Simplify test development

With the TAP-based measurement suites with readily available test steps for Bluetooth® 4.2 signaling and WLAN b/g/n signaling, you can easily adjust test parameters to suit your testing needs using the KS8400A TAP Developer System and quickly perform the functional tests on your IoT devices without needing to spend time writing test software.

Maximize throughput on the manufacturing line and accelerate time to market The X8711A is easy to setup and completes the Input Power measurement and receiver (Rx) PER tests in seconds.

Learn more about this special equipment here

IOT RF Performance Tasks that can be performed at BRITE:

  • Measure RF transmitter and receiver parameters of your IoT device
  • Perform Packet Error Rate tests
  • Evaluate compliance to Bluetooth 4.2 and WLAN specs

BRITE Labs also has the capability to run IoT testing servers in our VR3100 server rack. This server rack comes with a UPS system, the Liebert PSI5, as well as a battery bank for uninterrupted power.

A typical evaluation of your device might involve less than 1 day with our system and technicians and can be accomplished for under $800 depending on scope. Please contact us so that we can discuss your needs.

Battery Testing

The BRITE Energy Labs support extensive battery and other DC device testing, with multi-channel equipment ranging from milliamps to hundreds of volts and amps. This allows testing of small button cells and batteries used in IOT devices and small circuits and controllers, to larger batteries used in drones, power tools, and automotive, to large batteries used in forklift, EV, and storage applications. Equipment is completely automated and programmable, allows batteries to be cycled, their charge, discharge, and deterioration characteristics measured, and their life predicted under conditions that mimic actual service conditions. Testing can be conducted over a range of temperatures as well by placing batteries in our temperature-controlled chambers, or in our water bath.

Grid Simulation & Microgrid

The BRITE Energy Labs have a complete and functioning 25kW microgrid that includes a grid tied inverter, battery storage, PV interface, AC load bank, and monitoring instruments. All components are connected using a plug-and-play architecture that allows your microgrid component (inverter, circuit breaker, controller,etc.) to be quickly connected in an appropriate place in the circuit. This allows your device to be evaluated in a real-world microgrid setting.

Our NHR 9410 Regenerative Grid Simulator is a unique four-quadrant bi-directional AC/DC source that simulates the utility voltage and regenerates power sourced by grid-tied inverters. The 9410 is used as a grid simulator, or emulator for testing PV inverters and other grid-tied products for compliance to IEEE 1547, UL 1741, and global industry standards. A wide-range of AC conditions can be emulated including phase imbalance (in voltage and/or phase angle relationship), voltage sag, frequency changes and harmonic injection.

The 9410 is flexible in both output form and power level. Output can be AC or DC and the AC can be single, split or 3-phase. Frequency is programmable between 30 and 100 Hz, power levels up to 25kW. It is able to replicate power line disturbances through a combination of user-definable waveforms and Macros. User-defined waveforms permit generation of non-sinusoidal voltages including asymmetrical inflections, transient anomalies, voltage harmonics, or any other irregularity which can be drawn as a single-cycle. The grid simulator can emulate sub-cycle transients, phase jumps and multi-cycle line conditions as required.

Drone Testing

Power System Testing

  •  Measure and record power required through various operating cycles
  •  Simulate real & theoretical power cycles & environments
  •  Determine flight time or range for a given battery or other power system
  •  Determine power system durability & lifetime using real or theoretical conditions

Drone Sensor Testing

  •  Measure and quantify RF performance and data storage
  •  Determine environmental eects on performance
  •  Measure energy needs associated with each sensor function & predict total energy needs


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