TEPCO adopts Wi-SUN specification for Wireless Smart Utility Network.

Oct 02, 2013, 07:00 ET from Wi-SUN Alliance

TOKYO, Oct. 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Wi-SUN® Alliance, a global ecosystem of organizations creating interoperable wireless solutions for use in energy management, smart-utility network applications, today announced that the Wi-SUN Alliance specification for the Wireless protocol between Smart Meter and Home Energy Management Systems has been selected by TEPCO for its Wireless B route. TEPCO will deploy 27 million smart meters over the next 10 years.

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The Wi-SUN ECHONET-Lite specification version 2 was made available for product development in August 2013. The specification provides for fully interoperable, multiple vendor implementations helping to simplify technology selection, installation and maintenance for consumers and custom installers alike. It includes an authentication and encryption process between smart meter and home energy management system (HEMS), and between HEMS and home electrical appliances.

"The Wi-SUN Specification is the most robust, reliable and scalable low power wireless standard for Home Energy Management Systems, and the technology of choice for world-leading service providers, installers and retailers," said Hiroshi Harada, NICT, Wi-SUN Alliance board co-chair and chair of the ECHONET WG.

"This marks a major success for Wi-SUN Alliance," said Phil Beecher, Chairman, "Our members have developed broad global specifications supported by a robust, open, testing and certification process. We have also worked extensively with other stakeholders to map these specifications to regional needs.  We are honored that TEPCO, one of the world's largest utilities, has provided this validation of the value of our collaborative, global, process."

About the Wi-SUN Alliance:  Wi-SUN: Seamless Connectivity

The Wi-SUN Alliance is an association of companies working together to enable reliable, cost-effective, low-power, wireless Utility products based on open global standard IEEE 802.15.4g. The Wi-SUN Alliance comprises solutions from original equipment manufacturers worldwide.  Membership is open to all corporations.  Additional information may be found on http://www.wi-sun.org

Contact Bhupender Virk, MWG Chair: +81-80-1137-5574, bvirk@wi-sun.org

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