IIoT and smart city growth drives Wi-SUN Alliance membership: Page 2 of 3

February 17, 2021 //By Jean-Pierre Joosting
IIoT and smart city growth drives Wi-SUN Alliance membership
Growth in global membership up 20 percent in the last 12 months, Chinese smart metering company Hexing joins Wi-SUN Alliance.

Higher data rates and lower latency

President and CEO of Wi-SUN Alliance, Phil Beecher, comments: “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 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 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 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.

The Wi-SUN Alliance has launched the next phase of its specification program with Wi-SUN FAN 1.1, 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 will 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.

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