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Netricity: Delivering Hybrid Networks for Smart Utilities

Wi-SUN technology is bringing Smart Utility Networks to enterprises, service providers and municipalities by enabling flexible interoperability of Wireless and PLC networks

Hybrid Wireless Mesh and PLC Networks

Wi-SUN FAN wireless mesh networks bring reliable and resilient communications to enterprises, service providers and municipalities by enabling interoperable, multi-service and secure IPv6 communications.

Wireless mesh provides an ideal solution for large-scale outdoor IoT networks including applications like advanced metering infrastructure and distribution automation.

However, there are some environments where powerline (PLC) communications offers performance improvements over wireless connectivity (e.g. deep basements). 

Wi-SUN Alliance has developed the Netricity Program which combines IEEE 802.15.4g wireless network technology with IEEE P1901.2 powerline communications into a single hybrid communications network. This hybrid network provides the flexibility to “mix and match” device communications on the same network to ensure optimum connectivity for the specific device environment. The architecture allows seamless integration of devices into a single network. For further information about “Netricity” and how it can help your Utility deployment, please contact Wi-SUN Alliance at info@wi-sun.org 

What are the benefits?

Future Proofing

Offers utilities, cities and service providers adaptable multi-service networks that will help ensure interoperability today, and for future generations.

Time Saving

Reduces the time needed to evaluate new products, as behavior and interoperability are well defined.


Encourages the development of a global ecosystem of standards-based products, reducing the risk and costly impact of stranded assets.

Wi-SUN is proven in the world’s largest outdoor IoT Networks.
More than 96.5 million Wi-SUN capable devices awarded worldwide.

Navigant Research

Wi-SUN Capable Devices
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Electricity Meters
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Wi-SUN technology will be included in up to 66 million electricity meters connected to home energy management systems in Japan by 2020.

Why Utilities should join the
Wi-SUN Alliance?

  • Contribute utility requirements to the certification programs to ensure alignment with both currently deployed systems and future needs
  • Monitor and review the Technical Profile specification
  • Endorse the development of interoperable products based on open standards
  • Encourage an eco-system of interoperable products
  • Feed in your requirements to specification and alliance activities
  • Meet and speak to other utilities around the world using Wi-SUN solutions

Colton Ching, Hawaiian Electric
Speaks at the Wi-SUN Alliance
member meeting in Hawaii.