Wi-SUN Alliance Certifies First ECHONET Lite Product

Smart Meter Communications module achieves certification.

Feb 13, 2014, 07:00 ET from Wi-SUN Alliance

TOKYO, Feb. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Wi-SUN® Alliance, a global ecosystem of organizations creating interoperable wireless solutions for use in energy management and smart-utility network applications, today announced the first Wi-SUN Alliance certified product supporting the ECHONET Lite Profile. NEC and TOSHIBA jointly completed testing of a smart meter communications module to achieve Wi-SUN ECHONET Profile certification according to the Alliance's recently announced Global Certification Program.  NEC and Toshiba have been collaborating to provide the communications module to support the Route B interface as defined by Wi-SUN Alliance ECHONET Working Group and adopted by Tokyo Electronic Power Company (TEPCO). The Route B supports a communication between a smart meter and HEMS (Home Energy Management System.)

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"This is another great achievement for the Wi-SUN Alliance and its membership," said Phil Beecher, Chairman of the Wi-SUN Alliance. "Many of our member companies have worked extremely hard over the past few months to enable us to complete the test program.  We expect more certified products from other member companies to follow soon," he added.

"The Wi-SUN ECHONET Profile is the most interoperable, reliable and scalable low power wireless standard for Route B and Home Area Networks that adopt ECHONET Lite based application," said Hiroshi Harada, NICT, Wi-SUN Alliance board co-chair and chair of the ECHONET WG. "The Wi-SUN ECHONET Profile will be implemented to HEMS and home appliances and as well as Route B and provide a complete solution for Home Area Networks."

For more information on the Wi-SUN Alliance Global Certification Program, please visit: www.wi-sun.org.

About the Wi-SUN Alliance
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 at www.wi-sun.org.  

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