The Wi-SUN Alliance is a global non-profit member-based association with a mission to drive the global proliferation of interoperable wireless solutions for use in smart cities, smart grids and other IoT applications using open global standards

The WiSUN Alliance has announced strong growth in its membership of industry-leading product vendors, service providers, utilities, municipalities, local authorities and government organisations.

With 300 member companies in 46 countries, up more than 20% in the last 12 months, Wi-SUN says that it is seeing growing interest from organisations across Europe, Middle East and Africa, as well as new members from the Americas, APAC, South Asia and Japan. This is being driven by the increased demand for open standards-based interoperable products to support large-scale industrial IoT, smart utility and smart city applications, including connected street lighting and smart metering.

Hexing, one of China’s largest smart metering companies, has become a new Promoter member, the highest level of Wi-SUN membership. A Hexing representative has joined the Wi-SUN Board of Directors alongside semiconductor companies Arm and Silicon Labs – who became members last year – and existing Promoter members, Cisco, Itron, Landis + Gyr, NICT, OMRON, Renesas, Toshiba and Trilliant.

President and CEO of Wi-SUN Alliance, Phil Beecher, told IncisorTV: “Despite the challenges of 2020, we enter a new year with our global ecosystem continuing to expand into almost every part of the world as the demand for IIoT, smart utility and smart city applications – and Wi-SUN certified products – grows. We are delighted to welcome Hexing, our latest Promoter member, to Wi-SUN Alliance, and remain optimistic for another strong year as we engage on the next phase of our development as a community.”

The alliance says that the number of Wi-SUN certified products has increased in the last 12 months, with more than 200 now available. This includes 43 Wi-SUN FAN (Field Area Networks) certified products from 18 members, including Cisco, Hexing, Itron, Landis + Gyr and Renesas. Introduced in 2018, the Wi-SUN FAN Certification Program is claimed to be the only program of its kind to certify devices for use by utilities and service providers and for local authorities and municipalities designing and deploying smart cities.

Wi-SUN has launched the next phase of its specification program with Wi-SUN FAN 1.1 and says that it is confident that the demand for interoperable products will continue to grow this year as more IoT applications and services are rolled out across global markets, including North America and South America.

Wi-SUN FAN 1.1 is forecast to deliver higher data rates with lower latency, and support for battery-powered devices for applications like gas and water metering, environmental monitoring, traffic sensing, parking management and weather sensors. This next evolution of the program will help extend the range of applications suited to Wi-SUN products, including the integration of smart metering with renewables like solar and wind power where network stability and grid control is critical.

The City of London has completed a three-year project to deploy a City-wide street lighting network supported by Wi-SUN FAN technology. The City partnered with Wi-SUN member Itron, smart city solutions company, Urban Control, and exterior lighting specialists, DW Windsor, to meet requirements to deliver good in-field performance based on open standards communications technology. The City of London plans to use the Wi-SUN FAN wireless mesh network to integrate additional third-party devices and sensors over the next few years, including traffic and parking monitoring, occupancy sensing and environmental monitoring.

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