As of May 8, the CBRS Alliance has now officially launched “OnGo” certification branding for connected devices utilizing 3.5GHz band. More directly, the purpose of the new branding and its associated OnGo Certification Program is to certify trusted products that demonstrate end-to-end interoperability and optimized performance through shared spectrum use in the band. Moreover, products need to align with WInnForum standards to meet the baseline technical specifications for certification, which should help with FCC Certification as well. The focus of the new certification program, meanwhile, is directly geared toward driving innovation in industrial-level IoT, while expanding coverage and capacity for Private LTE both indoors and out. Of course, that includes inspiring trust in what the alliance calls the end-user communities, which should also bolster the businesses and companies that align themselves with OnGo standards.
With regard to what the CBRS Alliance believes it can accomplish, the conglomerate points to three primary advantages. The first of those is that OnGo represents a simple platform for “articulating” the rapidly growing number of opportunities presented by the growth of spectrum-sharing wireless solutions - specifically in the IoT. Beyond that, the certification program provides access to economies of scale, thanks to the already recognized global standards for mobile cellular radio, such as 4G LTE and the incoming 5G. That's largely in part to the OnGo program's incorporation of baselines requirements for certification. Finally, the group sees the program as a firm foundation of standards for interoperability and product performance optimization across the IoT ecosystem. It's worth pointing out that, as lofty as that goal might seem, the standardization is focused primarily on industry scale enterprise implementations of the technology. The OnGo Certification Program could improve inter-business cooperation, in addition to making it easier for enterprise businesses to scale out IoT networks with new products and devices.
Looking past those possible benefits of the new program, CBRS also points to another aspect of the IoT which hasn't necessarily been addressed. This is, after all, among the fastest growing and most rapidly evolving technologies. Standardization could help provide a degree of future proofing since it can help ensure interoperability between newer and older devices as a given business grows its internal IoT network. As for when this program will go into effect, CBRS says that it will begin accepting products for evaluation at some point in May.