Wi-SUN IPv6, ECHONET Lite interoperability demonstrated


Phil Beecher,
Wi-SUN Alliance
Tokyo, Japan and San Jose, CA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — July 12, 2013

The Wi-SUN Alliance has announced what it calls “a major milestone” in furthering multi-vendor, multi-layer interoperability for smart utility devices, with Wi-SUN member companies demonstrating standards-based products using JJ-300.10, Home Network Communication Interface for ECHONET Lite (IEEE802.15.4/4e/4g@920MHz-band Wireless).

The Wi-SUN Alliance ECHONET Working Group is defining a complete Wi-SUN interoperable technical profile and test and certification program for home energy management systems (HEMS) based on ECHONET Lite through collaboration with the Test and Certification WG in Wi-SUN Alliance and ECHONET consortium.

The participating companies implemented the Wi-SUN specification for ECHONET Lite as defined by the Wi-SUN Alliance Working Group.

The JJ-300.10 standard is the first standard to result from a Memorandum of Understanding agreement between the Wi-SUN Alliance and ECHONET Consortium to collaborate on the development of a certification program for products based on ECHONET standards, in particular, the certification of ECHONET Lite applications using the Wi-SUN interoperable certification program.

“The Wi-SUN Alliance is pleased to collaborate with ECHONET Consortium by providing a communication technology that is reliable, scalable and secure for controlling energy management systems in a smart home,” said Phil Beecher, chairman of the Wi-SUN Alliance. “Both the Wi-SUN Alliance and ECHONET Consortium are not only committed to establishing certification programs in Japan but also to promoting these international standards around the world.”

The ECHONET standards are globally applicable, international communication standards for linking home appliances made by different manufacturers and providing various services using easily installed transmission media in both new and existing homes. The Internet Protocol (IP) based ECHONET Lite standard was endorsed as the Japanese Smart House Standard by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). ECHONET Lite defines application level communications for electric appliances and electronic equipment to connect to a home energy management system while allowing the use of any appropriate communication standard.

The Wi-SUN Alliance is an association of companies working together to enable reliable, cost effective, low power, wireless smart utility products based on the IEEE 802.15.4g open global standard.