Its programme will certify devices to simplify and support large-scale, outdoor networks for smart cities and smart utilities
The Wi-SUN Alliance has introduced a new certification programme for large-scale outdoor Internet of Things (IoT) networks.
The global ecosystem of member companies is seeking to accelerate the implementation of open standards-based field area networks (FANs) and the Internet of Things (IoT).
FAN is a communications infrastructure for very large-scale networks. In the same way the internet is used on a smartphone or computer, a FAN lets devices interconnect onto one common network.
The FAN certification programme will certify devices for use by utilities, city developers and other service providers to simplify and support large-scale, outdoor networks for smart cities, smart utilities and other IoT roll-outs and to help reduce costs and delays. Wi-SUN members plan to announce certified products in the fourth quarter of 2018.
According to the alliance, proprietary systems are no longer sufficiently flexible, or as cost-effective as solutions based on open standards, and will become less relevant within a few years.
Wi-SUN claims adhering to the FAN profile based on open IEEE and IETF standards enables service providers, smart cities and utilities to deploy adaptable multi-service networks and will help ensure interoperability for many years to come.
“FAN certification is an endorsement for governments and the industry that our members’ products are compliant to these open standards"
“Wi-SUN continues to be at the forefront of IoT innovation, and as cities, utilities and the industry grows their IoT networks, they are increasingly recognising that industry-wide open standards are essential for interoperability and scalability,” said Phil Beecher, president and CEO of the Wi-SUN Alliance.
“FAN certification is an endorsement for governments and the industry that our members’ products are compliant to these open standards, and safeguards quality, interoperability, security, scalability – and ultimately gives customers a competitive advantage.”
Key benefits of FAN certification include:
• Offers utilities, cities and service providers adaptable multi-service networks that will help ensure interoperability today and for future generations
• Reduces the time needed to evaluate new products, as behaviour, performance and interoperability are well defined
• Eliminates single-vendor lock-in
• Encourages the development of a global ecosystem of standards-based products, reducing the risk and costly impact of stranded assets.
The availability of the certification programme is the result of the vision, collaboration and dedication of a number of Wi-SUN member companies.
Through the programme, the alliance certifies products based on their compliance to a communications profile derived from applicable open standards and their ability to interoperate with other Wi-SUN certified products.
The following are among some of the companies which have been actively leading the way to certification: Analog Devices; Cisco; EPRI, Itron; Kyoto University/Nissin Systems; Landis+Gyr; ProCubed; Renesas; and ROHM Europe.
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