"Circumvention" comes from Latin circumventus, 'to come around'. Several topics might facilitate circumvention and will be addressed by the project team:
- hidden software (defeat devices)
- (hidden) specific cycle/setting/configuration used only for testing for legislation compliance
- products specifically designed to be excluded from legislation
- ambiguities (such as unclear definitions, boundaries) and loopholes in legislation
- deviations in testing condition(s), allowed or due to possible different interpretation of standard clauses
- exploiting a weakness in the test procedure’s method for addressing measurement uncertainties
- actual performances (energy consumption/functional performances) vs. standard cycles/duty cycles
- decouple measurement of energy consumption and functional performances
- smart appliances embedded software: the challenge is how to identify "useful" energy saving automatic functions/sensors and connectivity from "circumvention-targeted" sensors/functions/software.
The Anticss team currently investigates known cases of products suspicious for some form of circumvention. Based on this research, the team will prepare a definition of circumvention and will research and test more products from the market.