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The Wi-SUN Alliance has in 2018 witnessed a strong growth in its membership and a number of major milestones, including the launch of its FAN certification programme and the first FAN certified products.

The Wi-SUN Alliance has registered 50 new members including service providers, product vendors, utilities, municipalities, local government, academia and other enterprises in the past 12 months.

The organisation’s new members include IoT communications firm Trilliant, now a board of the alliance and a promoter member.

The Wi-SUN Alliance offers four levels of membership namely promoters, contributors, observers and adopters, and has members in over 25 countries

Rethink Technology Research estimates that companies in the Wi-SUN ecosystem will see compound annual growth of 20% as mesh network technology reaches into new verticals, including telecoms, and different business models emerge. 

The Wi-SUN alliance has over the past year seen an increase in the deployment of Wi-SUN capable devices to 91 million.

The increase in rollout is a result of continued investments in IoT applications for smart cities and utilities applications.

For instance, cities including the City of London, Copenhagen, Glasgow, Paris and Miami are using Wi-SUN compliant communications infrastructure.

Major milestones include:

  • The launch of the Wi-SUN Field Area Networks (FAN) Certification Programme in October 2018. The programme certifies devices for use by utilities and service providers to simplify and support large-scale, outdoor networks for smart cities and other IoT rollouts.
  • February 2019 saw the first Wi-SUN FAN certified products come to market, from Cisco, Itron, Kyoto University, Landis+Gyr, Nissin Systems, Renesas and ROHM, many of which were displayed publicly for the first time at industry event, DistribuTECH in the US.
  • Wi-SUN Alliance and Industrial Internet Consortium  announced plans to work together to maximise interoperability, portability, security and privacy for the industrial Internet.

Phil Beecher, CEO of Wi-SUN Alliance, said: "We have been quietly going about our business for many years, but this past 12 months has seen much of this work come to fruition. With higher IoT adoption rates, particularly with smart city and utilities increasingly rolling out applications such as advanced metering infrastructure, distribution automation, and smart home automation, Wi-SUN Alliance members are seeing growing demand for their products.

"The launch of Wi-SUN FAN and the first FAN-certified products is a game changer in the market, and we are seeing growing interest from organizations around the world wanting to be part of our unique and influential ecosystem. We're at the forefront of wireless communications innovation in cities, utilities and other industries and will continue to be so as the market matures."

To learn more about Wi-SUN Alliance visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDwUpdP9MOQ&feature=youtu.be