Wi-SUN releases new spec for field area networks

According to a release, the Field Area Networks specification brings interoperable, multi-vendor Smart Ubiquitous Networks (SUN) to enterprise, service providers and municipalities needing an open standards-based networking solution.

The specification serves varied applications such as advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and distribution automation, to infrastructure management, intelligent transportation systems and smart street lighting.

Wi-SUN’s Chairman, Phil Beecher, said: “The release of the Wi-SUN FAN specification comes at an ideal time, with utilities and municipalities worldwide needing the best solution for integrated applications designed for smart grids and smart cities.

“The specification delivers the performance they require and a wide choice of interoperable products and solutions from multiple vendors.”

Wi-SUN’s director of Standards, Bob Heile, who is also chair of IEEE 802.15, IEEE 2030.5 on Smart Energy and the IEEE 2030 SmartGrid Guide Communications Task Force, added: “As the industry need for Smart City and robust, secure IoT deployments grows, it becomes increasingly necessary to move away from closed, proprietary protocols to solutions using open internationally recognized standards.

“The solution is ideal for these applications, providing multi-vendor interoperable, multi-service and secure IPv6 communications over an IEEE 802.15.4g based wireless mesh network.”

Wi-SUN interoperability specification

In January, the Wi-SUN Alliance announced the release of its specification for Wi-Fi connectivity in advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), distribution automation and smart cities that can be applied in most regions of the world.

The non-for-profit industry group released a complete version of its technical profile specification for field area network communications.

The specification allows smart utility networks to talk to enterprises, service providers and municipalities by enabling interoperable, multi-service and secure IPv6 communications over an IEEE 802.15.4g-based wireless mesh network.

Regions supported by this specification, now and in the near future, include North America, Japan, Brazil, Australia, Asia Pacific, India, Europe, the Middle East and South Africa, said Wi-SUN Alliance in a statement.


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