Wireless Smart Utility Networks Alliance established


Tokyo, Japan — (METERING.COM) — April 11, 2012 – The Wi-SUN (Wireless Smart Utility Network) Alliance has been established by a group of companies involved in smart utility network products and technology to support certification and promotion of an interconnect standard for wireless smart grid devices to better communicate from remote locations and with home appliances.

The Alliance is supporting the emerging IEEE 802.15.4g standard for wireless communications of battery powered equipment, and its supported MAC layer protocol, as a means to ensure the compatibility of low power smart meters and remote wireless sensor networks. Similar in nature to other industry alliances, the Wi-SUN Alliance is committed to establishing common standards for the global smart grid build-out.

“We are excited by the strong industry interest we’ve seen,” said Wi-SUN Alliance Founder co-chairs, Hiroshi Harada, director, Smart Wireless Laboratory at NICT and Raj Vaswani, chief technology officer at Silver Spring Networks, Inc. “World-class companies are coming together to define common technology, certification, and promotion programs which will provide a true global standard for wireless smart utility network expansion and the interoperability of devices.”

The Alliance’s founding members are Analog Devices, Fuji Electric Co., Murata Manufacturing Co., Japan’s National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), Omron Corp., Osaki Electric Co., Renesas Electronics Corporation and Silver Spring Networks.

Phil Beecher, chair of the IEEE 802.15.4g Task Group, has been appointed as chair of the Alliance.

Among its goals, the Wi-SUN Alliance will establish a system to certify the connectivity and interoperability of devices in the global smart utility network. The Alliance aims to establish test specifications by the summer of 2012.