Wi-SUN Alliance releases field area network specification

The Wi-SUN Alliance has released its specification for field area networks (FAN), bringing interoperable, multi-vendor smart ubiquitous networks (SUN) to enterprise, service providers and municipalities needing a networking solution for applications ranging from advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and distribution automation, to infrastructure management, intelligent transportation systems and smart street lighting, the company said.

Wi-SUN´s chairman, Phil Beecher said, “The release of the Wi-SUN FAN specification comes at an ideal time, with utilities and municipalities worldwide needing the best solution for integrated applications designed for smart grids and smart cities.”

Company director of standards, Bob Heile, who is also chair of IEEE 802.15, IEEE 2030.5 on smart energy and the IEEE 2030 smartgrid guide communications task force said, “As the industry need for Smart City and robust, secure IoT deployments grows, it becomes increasingly necessary to move away from closed, proprietary protocols to solutions using open internationally recognized standards. The Wi-SUN FAN solution provides multi-vendor interoperable, multi-service and secure IPv6 communications over an IEEE 802.15.4g based wireless mesh network.”

The Wi-SUN Alliance FAN solution utilizes IEEE 802.15.4, a global wireless communications standard, IETF IPv6 protocols including UDP/TCP, 6LoWPAN adaptation + header compression, routing using RPL and IEEE 802.1x enterprise level security, to enable robust, high performance, low power and long-range networks. A certification program will be available later this year to ensure full multi-vendor interoperability.

The Wi-SUN Alliance is a non-profit association of over 100 member companies representing world leaders in product and semiconductor manufacturing, utilities, government agencies and educational establishments, devoted to promoting the broad global use of wireless networking solutions utilizing IEEE 802.15.4g communications and other open global standards, for use in smart utility, smart city, and other IoT applications requiring field area networking (FAN) capability.