New industry group wants 'interconnect' standard for wireless smart grid devices


By: SGN Staff

A group of key companies involved in smart utility network technology and products has formed the Wi-SUN (Wireless Smart Utility Network) Alliance to push for certification and promotion of an interconnect standard for wireless smart grid devices for improved communications from remote locations and with home appliances.


The group is supporting the coming IEEE.802.15.4g standard for wireless communications of battery-powered devices and its supported MAC layer protocol to ensure the interoperability between low-power smart meters and remote wireless sensor networks.


To date, the Wi-SUN Alliance's membership includes Analog Devices, Inc., Fuji Electric Co. Ltd, Murata Manufacturing Co. Ltd., Japan's National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), Omron Corp., Osaki Electric Co. Ltd., Renesas Electronics Corp. and Silver Spring Networks, Inc.


"World class companies are coming together to define common technology, certification and promotion programs which will provide a true global standard for wireless smart utility network expansion and the interoperability of devices," said Hiroshi Harada, director, Smart Wireless Laboratory, NICT, and Raj Vaswani, chief technology officer for Silver Spring Networks.


Wi-SUN's CERTIFIEDâ„¢ program is scheduled for launch in the summer of 2012.


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