Short Range Devices

Introduction

Short Range Devices (SRD) are radio devices that offer a low risk of interference with other radio services, usually because their transmitted power, and hence their range, is low. The definition 'Short Range Device' may be applied to many different types of wireless equipment, including various forms of:

  • Access control (including door and gate openers)
  • Alarms and movement detectors
  • Closed-circuit television (CCTV)
  • Cordless audio devices, including wireless microphones
  • Industrial control
  • Local Area Networks
  • Medical implants
  • UWB Sensors & Radars (such as ground probing radar)
  • Remote control
  • Radio frequency identification (RFID)
  • Telemetry.

Short range devices often benefit from a relaxed regulatory regime compared with other radio communications equipment.  As general principle, a user is licence free to operate such equipment, some specific cases may require an individual licence.

However, like all radio equipment, short-range devices have to meet the Radio Equipment Directive (RED) to be placed on the market within the European Community. The operation of the equipment is subject to the frequency management regulations of the relevant member state.


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As the definition 'Short Range Device' can be so widely applied, ETSI has produced a series of standards for generic short range devices. Each standard covers short range devices operating within a defined frequency range.

These standards are each in two parts (as are the majority of ETSI Harmonised Standards). Part 1 covers technical requirements, including those for specific applications. Part 2 is the Harmonised Standard, which identifies the necessary parameters to comply with article 3.2 of the R&TTE Directive (refer to RED).

  • EN 300 220 covers equipment operating in the frequency range 25 MHz to 1000 MHz
  • EN 300 330 covers radio equipment operating in the frequency range 9 kHz to 25 MHz (and inductive loop systems operating up to 30 MHz)
  • EN 300 440 covers radio equipment operating in the frequency range 1 GHz to 40 GHz.

In addition, ETSI produces standards that specify essential requirements related to Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC). For short range devices, the relevant ETSI EMC standards are EN 301 489-1 (Common technical requirements for radio equipment) and EN 301 489-3 (Specific conditions for SRDs).

Specific ETSI standards

ETSI publishes standards for specific applications in the short range device area. These include among others:

Regulations on short-range devices

The European national Administrations, who are members of the European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT), collaborate within the CEPT Electronic Communications Committee (ECC) to harmonize their national regulations. The ECC Short Range Devices Maintenance Group maintains Recommendation 70-03, which CEPT Administrations are encouraged to implement in order to maximize freedom of movement for radiocommunications equipment.

ETSI has a Memorandum of Understanding with ECC, in which the two organizations work together to encourage the maximum freedom of movement for equipment meeting essential technical requirements laid down in Harmonised Standards. ETSI is also an active observer within the Radio Spectrum Committee of the European Commission, which is developing a Commission Decision to give legal certainty to frequency allocations for short range devices in EU Member States (see also our Radio Spectrum pages).

Standards

The following is a list of the 20 latest published ETSI standards on SRD.

A full list of related standards in the public domain is accessible via the ETSI standards search. Via this interface you can also subscribe for alerts on updates of ETSI standards.

For work in progress see the ETSI Work Programme on the Portal.

Standard No. Standard title.
EN 303 203 Short Range Devices (SRD); Medical Body Area Network Systems (MBANSs) operating in the 2 483,5 MHz to 2 500 MHz range; Harmonised Standard covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of the Directive 2014/53/EU
TR 103 181-3 Short Range Devices (SRD) using Ultra Wide Band (UWB); Part 3: Worldwide UWB regulations between 3,1 and 10,6 GHz
TR 103 416 System Reference document (SRdoc); Short Range Devices (SRD) using Ultra Wide Band (UWB); Technical characteristics and spectrum requirements for UWB based vehicular access systems for operation in the 3,4 GHz to 4,8 GHz and 6 GHz to 8,5 GHz frequency ranges
EN 302 195 Short Range Devices (SRD); Ultra Low Power Active Medical Implants (ULP-AMI) and accessories (ULP-AMI-P) operating in the frequency range 9 kHz to 315 kHz Harmonised Standard covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of the Directive 2014/53/EU
TS 103 366 Short Range Devices (SRD) using Ultra Wide Band technology (UWB); Time Domain based Low Duty Cycle Measurement for UWB
EN 303 204 Network Based Short Range Devices (SRD); Radio equipment to be used in the 870 MHz to 876 MHz frequency range with power levels ranging up to 500 mW; Harmonised Standard covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of the Directive 2014/53/EU
TS 103 361 Short Range Devices (SRD) using Ultra Wide Band technology (UWB); Receiver technical requirements, parameters and measurement procedures to fulfil the requirements of the Directive 2014/53/EU
TR 103 365 Short Range Devices (SRD) using Ultra Wide Band technology (UWB); Time Domain Based Peak Power Measurement for UWB Devices
TR 103 263 System Reference document (SRdoc); Cognitive radio techniques for Satellite Communications operating in Ka band
TR 103 181-1 Short Range Devices (SRD) using Ultra Wide Band (UWB); Technical Report Part 1: UWB signal characteristics and overview CEPT/ECC and EC regulation
EN 300 330-2 Electromagnetic compatibility and Radio spectrum Matters (ERM); Short Range Devices (SRD); Radio equipment in the frequency range 9 kHz to 25 MHz and inductive loop systems in the frequency range 9 kHz to 30 MHz; Part 2: Harmonized EN covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of the R&TTE Directive
EN 303 204-2 Electromagnetic compatibility and Radio spectrum Matters (ERM); Network Based Short Range Devices (SRD); Radio equipment to be used in the 870 MHz to 876 MHz frequency range with power levels ranging up to 500 mW; Part 2: Harmonized EN covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of the R&TTE Directive
EN 305 550-2 Electromagnetic compatibility and Radio spectrum Matters (ERM); Short Range Devices (SRD); Radio equipment to be used in the 40 GHz to 246 GHz frequency range; Part 2: Harmonized EN covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of the R&TTE Directive
EN 303 203-2 Electromagnetic compatibility and Radio spectrum Matters (ERM); Short Range Devices (SRD); Medical Body Area Network Systems (MBANSs) operating in the 2 483,5 MHz to 2 500 MHz range; Part 2: Harmonized EN covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of the R&TTE Directive
EN 300 330-1 Electromagnetic compatibility and Radio spectrum Matters (ERM); Short Range Devices (SRD); Radio equipment in the frequency range 9 kHz to 25 MHz and inductive loop systems in the frequency range 9 kHz to 30 MHz; Part 1: Technical characteristics and test methods
TR 103 245 Electromagnetic compatibility and Radio spectrum Matters (ERM); System Reference document (SRdoc); Technical characteristics and spectrum requirements of wideband SRDs with advanced spectrum sharing capability for operation in the UHF 870 - 876 MHz and 915 - 921 MHz frequency bands
EN 303 203-1 Electromagnetic compatibility and Radio spectrum Matters (ERM); Short Range Devices (SRD); Medical Body Area Network Systems (MBANSs) operating in the 2 483,5 MHz to 2 500 MHz range; Part 1: Technical characteristics and test methods
EN 303 204-1 Electromagnetic compatibility and Radio spectrum Matters (ERM); Network Based Short Range Devices (SRD); Radio equipment to be used in the 870 MHz to 876 MHz frequency range with power levels ranging up to 500 mW; Part 1: Technical characteristics and test methods
EN 305 550-1 Electromagnetic compatibility and Radio spectrum Matters (ERM); Short Range Devices (SRD); Radio equipment to be used in the 40 GHz to 246 GHz frequency range; Part 1: Technical characteristics and test methods
TR 103 111 Electromagnetic compatibility and Radio spectrum Matters (ERM); System Reference document (SRdoc); Spectrum requirements for Urban Rail Systems in the 5,9 GHz range