OmniAir Certification Services Accredits MET Labs as First Test Lab for Tolling Interoperability Certification

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OmniAir Certification Services (OCS) has accredited MET Laboratories as the first test lab in the 6C-for-Tolling Certification Program.

OmniAir Certification Services (OCS) has accredited MET Laboratories as the first test lab in the 6C-for-Tolling Certification Program.

The 6C Certification Program is designed to ensure tolling tag and reader interoperability (IOP) across equipment vendors and toll facilities that choose to deploy equipment certified as compliant to the 6C Requirements Document as defined by the 6C Toll Operators Committee. It is based on the ISO/IEC 18000-6 (Type C) RFID protocol.

6C Certification includes testing for baseline interoperability and applied interoperability. Baseline IOP ensures that tag and reader pairs can transition successfully from one state to another and to validate memory data. Applied IOP ensures that tags and readers can withstand the toll environment; it includes performance, UV, humidity and temperature testing under various parameters.

“The Board of OmniAir Certification Services put in a tremendous amount of effort working with the 6C Toll Operators Committee developing the OCS 6C-for-Tolling Certification Program,” says Tim McGuckin, Executive Director of OmniAir Consortium. “To see it reach this next critical stage – where we have an officially-accredited lab ready to test technologies primed for real world tolling deployments – is an exciting testament to the hard work of the OCS, and the overall vision of it and the OmniAir Consortium. We look forward to advancing the 6C Certification Program in 2012.”

6C Certification testing is already underway at MET Labs, with the first certificates to be presented at the 80th Annual IBTTA Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL September 9-12, 2012.

ABOUT MET LABORATORIES: MET Laboratories is an internationally-recognized resource for regulatory certification of electrical products for the worldwide marketplace. MET has a special competency in RFID testing to assure safety, electromagnetic compatibility, and tag and reader interoperability. MET is the official test lab for the DASH7 Alliance (ISO 18000-7) and for the EPCglobal RFID Hardware & Software Certification Programs. Additionally, MET tests to various ISO & IEC high frequency & ultra-high frequency RFID standards.

MET Laboratories is headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, with office locations in Union City and Santa Clara, California, Austin, Texas, Cary, North Carolina, and wholly-owned international locations in Shenzhen, China; Taipei, Taiwan; Seoul, Korea and Milan, Italy. For more information about MET Laboratories, please visit

ABOUT OMNIAIR CERTIFICATION SERVICES (OCS): OCS is a non-profit, independent test and certification entity created by OmniAir in 2010. OCS manages the certification program and issues OCS-certified marks. It is led by its own Board of test experts and facility operators. In conjunction with the 6C User Group (operators with a preference for 6C RFID-based toll systems), OCS developed a 6C-for-Tolling Requirements Document and is designing an apparatus to test compliance to the specification. The result will be OCS-certified suppliers of interoperable 6c tags and readers.

ABOUT OMNIAIR CONSORTIUM: OmniAir is a membership association formed in 2004 to advocate connected vehicle interoperability (IOP) through independent certification programs offering a one-stop shop for standards conformance and interoperability assurance. Members are leading RFID and DSRC device makers, consultants, integrators and operators. OmniAir’s mission is to advance connected vehicle interoperability through collaboration on certification services designed and maintained by the organizations first to use them. Visit for more information.

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