Communications are a crucial part of IEP’s activity.
We have extensive experience in providing services to the largest Iberian operators, including training and certifying technicians, performing laboratory tests, certifying optical links, assessing communication antennas, calibrating machinery/equipment, among other services.
Inspection of facilities and structures, component testing, equipment and systems testing, and technical consulting and training make a significant contribution to improving the quality of services provided by telecommunications operators.
IEP is also the only recognized entity in Portugal, and one of the few in Europe, < accredited to certify vehicle eCall systems in emergency situations.
ENERGY AND INFRASTRUCTURE
The ever-increasing exchange of products on a global scale, so typical of today’s markets, has led to a need to encourage trust between everyone involved – manufacturers, consumers and official bodies – in a technically credible manner, but which is also compatible with a reduced “time to market” of most current products. This, in turn, has led to the increasing adoption of technical standards in the European Union’s regulations and in the legislation of its Member States, which have converged on essential product requirements. As such, there is a need to assess compliance of electrical and electronic products in order to be granted the CE marking required in the European market, covering safety requirements (Low Voltage Directive), electromagnetic compatibility (EMC Directive) and energy efficiency (EcoDesign and Energy Labeling Directives), among others.
IEP’s laboratories provide manufacturers with a wide range of electrical and electronic product testing, based on European and international standards, for assessment of the compliance of these products.
These laboratories are accredited by the Portuguese Institute for Accreditation – IPAC. Thanks to the EA and ILAC agreements, of which Portugal is a signatory, the tests carried out by IEP are officially recognized throughout the world.
IEP’s laboratories are also recognized in Europe by ETICS – European Testing, Inspection and Certification System (ENEC, KEYMARK and CCA agreements) and internationally by the IECEE – International Electrotechnical Commission System of Conformity Assessment Schemes for Electrotechnical Equipment and Components (CB agreements). Thanks to these agreements, manufacturers that turn to IEP for the certification of their electrical and electronic products have direct access to the certification marks used in many other countries.
Check here our list of tests under intermediate flexible accreditation.
> PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT SUPPORT
ELECTRICAL AND FREQUENCY CALIBRATION
In this area IEP is accredited to carry out equipment calibration of the following:
Electricity and Time / Frequency (DC Voltage, AC Voltage, Resistance, DC Current, AC Current, Frequency / Time, Electrical Phase / Angle, DC Power, AC Active Power, Capacity, Inductance, Harmonic Distortion) AM modulation, FM modulation).
> Low Frequency
> HIGH FREQUENCY
> EARTH METERS
> RESISTOR BOXES
> Hook-On Meters
> POWER SUPPLIES
> TEMPERATURE SIMULATORS
> THERMOCOUPLE CALIBRATORS
> PROCESS CALIBRATORS
> SPECTRUM ANALYZERS
> SIGNAL GENERATORS
> COMMUNICATIONS ANALYZERS
> MULTIFUNCTIONAL CALIBRATORS
> ELECTRICAL TESTING STATIONS
> INSTALLATION TESTERS
> ENERGY ANALYZERS
> POWER/HARMONICS ANALYZERS
> IMPEDANCE BRIDGES
> LCR METERS
> DIRECT CURRENT
In the regulatory area, specifically, as part of the electrical installations regime, as published in Decree-Law No. 96/2017 of August 10, and as an Inspection Entity for Electrical Installations, IEP conducts inspections of Type A and Type C electrical installations.
IEP has built a specific website for Electrical Inspections to submit inspection requests with automatic payments simply and effectively.
> ASSESSMENT OF STATE OF REPAIR OF WOODEN POSTS
> ASSESSMENT OF STATE OF REPAIRSSESSMENT OF PERMANENT ACCESS CHAMBERS
> WORKSITE SUPERVISION (Permanent Access Chambers, Posts)
Conducting tests in line with the guidelines for Telecommunications Infrastructure in Urban Developments.
Drafting test reports to support functionality reports issued by the installers.
Project execution supervision and drafting of technical reports on telecommunications.
> PROJECT ANALYSIS FOR TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE IN BUILDINGS (ITIB)
> PROJECT ANALYSIS FOR TELECOMMUNICATION INFRASTRUCTURE IN URBAN DEVELOPMENTS
> TESTING OF TELECOMMUNICATION INFRASTRUCTURE IN BUILDINGS
> TESTING OF TELECOMMUNICATION INFRASTRUCTURE IN URBAN DEVELOPMENTS
> FIBER OPTIC CABLE NETWORK
> COAXIAL NETWORKS – CATV, MATV, SMATV
> COPPER PAIR NETWORKS
> Expert Reports
Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) is the ability of electrical and electronic equipment to operate properly and as expected in their intended electromagnetic environment, without causing electromagnetic disturbances that interfere with other nearby equipment.
In Europe, all electronic devices, whether powered by the electricity grid or batteries, must comply with Directive 2014/30/EU Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive (EMC) – unless they have some form of intentional radio frequency communication, in which case their electromagnetic compatibility comes under the scope of Directive 2014/53/EU Radio Equipment Directive (RED). These Directives (EMC and RED) aim to ensure that electrical and electronic equipment have adequate levels of immunity while not causing disturbances that are too high.
IEP’s laboratories have more than three decades’ experience of assessing EMC phenomena in electrical and electronic equipment, supporting manufacturers at all stages of the product development cycle, from design to their compliance certification with applicable standards and directives.
Human exposure to electromagnetic fields is an increasing concern, both for health authorities and for the general population.
Current regulations on the protection of individuals from the health and safety risks that may result from exposure to electromagnetic fields, with a particular focus on occupational exposure, require assessments of this physical agent.
IEP’s laboratory has extensive experience in this type of assessment and is accredited by IPAC to carry out tests under the scope of ministerial order 1421/2004 and Directive 2013/35/EU (transposed in Portugal by Law 64/2017).
> ASSESSMENT OF HUMAN EXPOSURE TO ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELDS
In the area of Optoelectronics, IEP calibrates equipment such as Optical Power Meters, OTDRs, Optical Spectrum Analyzers, Optical Patterns and Artifacts, Lasers and other Optical Sources, optical attenuators.
> OPTICAL SPECTRUM ANALYZERS
> OPTICAL POWER METERS (OPM)
> OPTICAL TIME-DOMAIN REFLECTOMETERS (OTDR)
> LASERS (AND OTHER OPTICAL SOURCES)
> PMD ANALYZERS
IEP provides UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) remote inspection services. These consist of visual and thermographic inspections, with georeferencing identification, along with photographic and/or video records and subsequent analysis of any anomalies found. This service is extremely advantageous, as it allows inspections of hard-to-reach places or very large sites.
> SOLAR PARKS
> TELECOMMUNICATIONS TOWERS
> CHIMNEYS, PORTS, BRIDGES AND VIADUCTS
IEP has extensive technical, standardization and regulatory experience within the electrical, telecommunications, and infrastructure sectors. We propose to make our experience available to the market in valuing renewable energy production assets (solar and wind power), both for new infrastructure (project valuation, construction supervision, final acceptance and validation of yearly production estimates) and for existing infrastructure being sold (standards and regulatory compliance, conservation and maintenance, performance analysis, etc.).
ELECTRICAL AND FREQUENCY CALIBRATIONS
IEP is accredited to carry out equipment calibration of the following: Electricity and Time/Frequency (DC Voltage, AC Voltage, Resistance, DC Current, AC Current, Frequency/Time, Electrical Phase/Angle, DC Power, AC Active Power, Capacity, Inductance, Harmonic Distortion).
RF and Microwaves (RF Power, AM Modulation, FM Modulation).
> FREQUENCY METERS
> SIGNAL ANALYZERS
> TIME INTERVAL METERS
In addition to equipment calibrations, IEP also provides other complementary services such as management of calibration plans (planning the company’s equipment calibrations, recall service as a reminder of upcoming calibration dates, etc.).