Introducing the Raspberry Pi Integrator Programme

An ever-growing number of companies take advantage of Raspberry Pi technology and use our boards as part of their end products. Raspberry Pis are now essential components of everything from washing machines to underwater exploration vehicles. We love seeing these commercial applications, and are committed to helping bring Raspberry Pi-powered products to market. With this in mind, we are excited to announce our new Raspberry Pi Integrator Programme!

Raspberry Pi Integrator Programme

Product compliance testing

Whenever a company wants to sell a product on a market, it first has to prove that selling it is safe and legal. Compliance requirements vary between different products; rules that would apply to a complicated machine like a car will, naturally, not be the same as those that apply to a pair of trainers (although there is some overlap in the Venn diagram of rules).

Raspberry Pi Integrator Programme

Regions of the world within each of which products have to be separately tested

Different countries usually have slightly different sets of regulations, and testing has to be conducted at an accredited facility for the region the company intends to sell the product in. Companies have to put a vast amount of work into getting their product through compliance testing and certification to meet country-specific requirements. This is especially taxing for smaller enterprises.

Making testing easier

Raspberry Pi has assisted various companies that use Pi technology in their end products through this testing and certification process, and over time it has become clear that we can do even more to help. This realisation led us to work with our compliance testing and certification partner UL to create a system that simplifies and speeds up compliance processes. Thus we have started the Raspberry Pi Integrator Programme, designed to help anyone get their Raspberry Pi-based product tested and on the market quickly and efficiently.

The Raspberry Pi Integrator Programme

The programme provides access to the same test engineers who worked on our Raspberry Pis during their compliance testing. It connects the user to a dedicated team at UL who assess and test the user’s product, facilitated by their in-depth knowledge of Raspberry Pi. The team at UL work closely with the Raspberry Pi engineering team, so any unexpected issues that may arise during testing can be resolved quickly. Through the programme, UL will streamline the testing and certification process, which will in turn decrease the amount of time necessary to launch the product. Our Integrator Programme is openly available, it comes with no added cost beyond the usual testing fees at UL, and there are companies already taking advantage of it.

Get your product on the market more quickly

We have put the Integrator Programme in place in the hope of eliminating the burden of navigating complicated compliance issues and making it easier for companies to bring new, exciting products to consumers. With simplified testing, companies and individuals can get products to market in less time and with lower overhead costs.

The programme is now up and running, and ready to accept new clients. UL and Raspberry Pi hope that it will be an incredibly useful tool for creators of Raspberry Pi-powered commercial products. For more information, please email compliance@raspberrypi.org.

Powered by Raspberry Pi

As a producer of a Pi-based device, you can also apply to use our ‘Powered by Raspberry Pi’ logo on your product and its packaging. Doing so indicates to customers that a portion of their payment supports the educational work of the Raspberry Pi Foundation.

Powered by Pi Logo

You’ll find more information about the ‘Powered by Raspberry Pi’ logo and our simple approval process for using it here.

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It is really great to see so many commercial announcements around Pi hardware. And with that, fingers crossed for a ‘sandboxed / DRMd app store’ announcement so that devs can also have a Pi business without worrying about IP theft. Because it’s the one missing piece of the Pi commercialization landscape. Plus – big old benefit for the foundation – the standard model is 30% goes to the app store operator.

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There was this a few years ago, but it’s now been “retired” https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/introducing-the-pi-store/

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The original Pi app store relied on goodwill to fight piracy, which is not the barrier it once was. Cue debate on the moral disintegration of society as a whole …

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Or better still providing the software as open source.

There are ways that a company can make their software freely available and still be profitable. This could be through providing a combined hardware and software solution that “just works”, but also software companies manage to run a business around providing their software for free and providing a value add service or support – eg. RedHat, WordPress and MySQL.

Releasing software under open source provides something back to the community. After all to release a product on Linux you are already relying on the underlying operating system and software libraries that have been contributed by others.

I’d recommend reading “The Cathedral and the Bazaar”, by Eric Raymond
http://www.catb.org/~esr/writings/cathedral-bazaar/

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What an incredible deal that there is no additional fee for this programme! Compare with the big guys like Intel who force you sign a contract that make you give an arm and a leg for similar services. This will afford even individuals the opportunity to bring a product to market. Thanks again Foundation!

Also a suggestion: how about adding a web page here, even a simple one that just has links to anyone who already has been certified. For example like the Revolution Pi that was posted previously. Just curious what products are out there already that could be useful at work here.

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Interesting. Though (I’m assuming) this is mostly for hardware for the Raspberry Pi, Does it include software? How does one put their App/Program for sale in the market without another tampering and modifying it and later redistributing it on the open market?

Open Source is one thing.Losing your copy rights through theft and hacking is another.

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I suppose the next step with this programme is offer a full factsheet of what testing is available, how tests are carried out and do’s & dont’s or reccomendations to speed up going to market by passing first time.

Plus this would help with the education side of things.

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