Wi-SUN Alliance Expands Support for Smart Cities Worldwide

November 04, 2015 by Jeff Shepard

The Wi-SUN Alliance announced support for the global frequency band (2.4GHz). The addition of this frequency band will allow improved data rates, performance, robustness and security compared with many alternative solutions. As the industry need for Smart City and IoT deployments across the world grows, Wi-SUN support for this band now makes available to the global market proven Wi-SUN profiles for Field Area Networking (FAN) and home area networking (HAN).

“Wi-SUN is responding to the market demand for Smart Grid and Smart City deployments that may wish to enhance already available sub-GHz spectrum,” said Phil Beecher, chairman, Wi-SUN Alliance. “The Wi-SUN FAN profile, using the currently available frequency band, provides a foundation for enhanced Utility, Smart City and other IoT implementations in the region, as already proven by millions of devices deployed globally.”

Wi-SUN is focused on the certification of open standards based wireless solutions for use in energy management, commercial and Smart City applications. The adoption of Wi-SUN FAN enables wireless connectivity in advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), distribution automation (DA), and smart cities (e.g. networked street lighting and other urban infrastructure) across all regions that are addressed by the IEEE 802.15.4g global standard.

The Wi-SUN specification helps enterprises, service providers and municipalities by enabling interoperable, multi-service and secure IPv6/6LoWPAN communications over an IEEE 802.15.4g based wireless mesh network. Mesh-enabled Field Area Networks (FAN) provide resilient, secure and cost effective connectivity with extremely good coverage in a range of topographical environments, from dense urban neighborhoods to rural areas, with minimal additional infrastructure.