Inspection and certification firm Bureau Veritas is to launch a new suite of Smart Wear testing solutions alongside its engineering and test centre 7Layers.

Launching at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain on 1 March, the solution will target products including smart clothing, trackers, and virtual reality headsets.

"As two mature industries converge, there are many challenges facing manufacturers of smart wear products," says Elizabeth Hausler, VP of Global Technical Services at Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services and technical lead for the group's Smart Wear solutions programme.

"There is a need for industry standards, the need to address consumer concerns and the real issue of understanding the regulatory framework for this new category of product.

"Our unique position in having global capabilities covering traditional physical and chemical testing as well as connectivity testing meant we were able to address these challenges. We first carried out a comprehensive consumer panel evaluation to identify the real concerns of users. We then adapted existing well-known standards covering both physical, chemical as well connectivity requirements.

"Moving forward, we will also continue to leverage our leading industry position including our chair position within standards bodies such as the ASTM Committee on Smart Textiles and AATCC's research committee on Electronically Integrated Textiles."

Co-presenting at the launch is AiQ Smart Clothing, a subsidiary of Tex-Ray, whose BioMan range of products has completed the Smart Wear programme from Bureau Veritas. 

The BioMan range was launched at last year's Wearable Technology Show in the UK. Paired with Bluetooth connectivity to a smart device, BioMan garments can monitor heart rate, ECG and stress level during sports training or everyday activities. The performance data can then be analysed on a mobile phone or computer.

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