Wi-SUN Alliance Newsletter July 2020

Wi-SUN Alliance Newsletter July 2020

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Wi-SUN Alliance

Wi-SUN Alliance Newsletter
July 2020
Message from Phil Beecher, President & CEO

Dear Wi-SUN Alliance Community,

I hope everyone is well and staying safe in these difficult times. Thanks to the help and support of our members, Wi-SUN Alliance continues to maintain a strong presence within the industry and has made significant progress in the first half of this year.

Wi-SUN Alliance continues to grow: our membership has increased by 27% in the last 12 months, with approximately 250 member companies in 27 countries. Our presence has been further strengthened with Arm and Silicon Labs, two of the largest global semiconductor companies, becoming Promoter members and taking seats on the Wi-SUN Alliance Board of Directors. Our members represent a wide cross section of the industry including silicon and product vendors, services providers, enterprises, utilities, municipalities, universities and government organizations.

The Wi-SUN FAN ecosystem is expanding too, with more than 30 Wi-SUN FAN certified products from 12 member companies.

We started the New Year with Alliance and members exhibiting at DistribuTECH 2020 in San Antonio, Texas.  As anticipated it was another busy and successful show. Wi-SUN Alliance member companies collaborated to demonstrate a multi-vendor Wi-SUN FAN network. The demonstration featured certified Wi-SUN FAN devices from multiple vendors distributed across the show floor at both the manufacturers' booths and at the Wi-SUN booth.

In addition to this demonstration, close to 20 Wi-SUN Alliance member companies exhibited at this year’s Conference, showing the growing Wi-SUN FAN ecosystem. Other highlights included a panel session with Wi-SUN Alliance, Xcel Enery, AvanGrid and Enernex. The panel session “How FAN Standards Are Enabling Smart Utilities and Smart Cities” was moderated by Vicki Trees from Landis+Gyr. Be sure to check out my latest blog below which provides more detail of our activity at DistribuTECH including videos showcasing Wi-SUN FAN solutions.

At the beginning of March, we were a technology partner and exhibitor at India Smart Utility Week.  India is embarking on a very large smart meter program and Wi-SUN FAN is an ideal technology for advanced meter infrastructure (AMI) programs in India

It was unavoidable that we had to cancel our Spring Members' Meeting which was due to be held in Raleigh, NC.  We will continue to monitor W.H.O. and national guidance and will only plan our next face to face meeting when it is safe and practical to do so. 

However, since Wi-SUN Alliance was first formed, much of our work has been conducted remotely and this will continue during this unprecedented period. Our technical activities are continuing through committee and working group conference calls. We are working on enhancements to the Wi-SUN PHY and FAN technical profile specifications. These include defining the operation of battery powered devices on Wi-SUN FAN networks and delivering higher data rates and lower latency. This enables a range of new applications for Utilities and Smart Cities.  

More highlights and updates can be found below.

Regards, Phil Beecher, President and CEO

New Wi-SUN Members

Steady growth in global membership over the last 12 months bringing us to approximately 250 members, representing 27 countries. A list of our members can be found here.

Key Highlights

The Wi-SUN Alliance announces further growth and strengthens global membership as Arm and Silicon Labs increase their participation as Promoter Members, read more here.

In April, Phil Beecher from Wi-SUN Alliance along with Jeremy Laundergen from Enernex and Paul Sisson from Avangrid participated in a webinar How Field Area Network (FAN) standards are enabling Smart Utilities and Cities moderated by Vicki Trees from Landis+Gyr.  If you missed the live webinar be sure to check out the recording available here.

In March, Phil Beecher participated in a webinar chaired by Claire Volkwyn, Editor from Smart Energy International: Getting to Grips with Smart Grid Communications. The recording is available here.

Member News

IPL selects Landis+Gyr for Advanced Metering Expansion and IoT Capable Network, read more here.

First to release the fastest Sub-GHz OFDM Wireless SoC, Vertexcom takes the lead in Wi-SUN FAN SoC, read more here.

Wi-SUN FAN Interoperability Demonstration, Vertexcom, Hexing Electrical collaborate with first-tier meter and gateway manufacturers to achieve interoperability at DistribuTECH 2020.  Read More.

City of London media event hosted by Giles Radford, City of London, Itron and Wi-SUN Alliance and attended by a number of press from IoT, networking, IT, government and smart city publications. Be sure to check out the video here to learn more about the City of London case study. Also be sure to read the blog below.

Wi-SUN FAN continues to deliver wireless mesh with proven coverage, reliability, resilience and flexibility, along with enterprise grade security. We recently released and hosted a webinar around our new white paper Comparing IoT Technologies at a Glance. This paper discusses how Wi-SUN FAN compares with two other technologies often advocated for smart city and utility communications, namely LoRaWAN and NB-IoT. Please click here to download the paper and click here for the webinar recording.

Vertexcom strengthens security protection of IoT communications by providing a proven Wi-SUN FAN 1000 node mesh network encryption architecture for networking. Read the press release.

Renesas expands its Wi-SUN FAN-portfolio with wireless integrated single chip RL78/G1H solutions. Read the announcement.


Wi-SUN Alliance: Leading the Way to Interoperability.

Guest Blog: Q&A with Wi-SUN Alliance President & CEO Phil Beecher.

Delivering Interoperability with Wi-SUN FAN Certified Devices at DistribuTECH 2020

Exegin and Wi-SUN Alliance Members Demonstrate FAN Interoperability at DistribuTECH 2020

Wi-SUN technology provides the platform for City of London Smart City Initiative

Wi-SUN technology supports IPv6, effectively improving interoperability and security in IoT applications

Being part of a global infrastructure for electric vehicle charging

Choosing the right technology for your IoT network could be the biggest decision you make

How should Utilities optimise their communications infrastructure for IoT Platform Connectivity?

Wi-SUN in the News

Design News: Is it Wi-SUN's Time to Shine? 

Smart Energy International: City of London smart city initiative 

Be sure to check out this informative white paper that explains the novel interoperability and interchangeability strategy adopted by AVANGRID (US subsidiary of Iberdrola) in the smart metering deployment in New York State,  read more here.

Membership Opportunities

Wi-SUN Alliance membership is open to all companies. If you are interested in becoming a member and participating in the future of IIoT, you can find further information here