Wi-SUN Alliance completes verification of interoperability specifications for Wireless Smart Utility Network Products

System, Chip and Test Equipment manufacturers collaborate in a fourth Wi-SUN interoperability event.

Aug 07, 2013, 07:00 ET from Wi-SUN Alliance

PLEASANTON, Calif., Aug. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Today the Wi-SUN Alliance announced that it has completed verification of its Physical Layer Conformance and Interoperability Test specifications for Wireless Smart Utility Network devices using IEEE802.15.4g.   This is the final step in developing a certification process by which products may qualify to use the Wi-SUN PHY logo, assuring seamless interoperable deployment for utility networks.

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During the Alliance's fourth Interoperability Testing event, held at TUV Rheinland labs in Pleasanton, California, vendors and test equipment manufacturers executed the full suite of Conformance and Interoperability tests soon to be published by the Alliance.  Conformance tests assure that standards are implemented correctly, while Interoperability tests confirm that products from different vendors communicate with each other correctly.  Both are necessary to validate implementations of standards.

In addition, Alliance members validated the applicability of the Wi-SUN PHY test specifications as the foundation for key areas of utility networks, including Field Area Networks and Home Area Networks.  Participants performed further testing of the Wi-SUN Field Area Network and Wi-SUN ECHONET profiles, both of which incorporate the Wi-SUN PHY and higher-level protocols as part of their specifications.

"Completion of the PHY specification, and verification of the PHY Test specifications, each marks a major step in establishing the Wi-SUN Alliance certification program," said chair of the Wi-SUN Alliance, Phil Beecher.  "We are rapidly approaching the time when a 'Wi-SUN Certified' logo will provide buyers confidence that the products in question have been formally validated to be interoperable."

"The success of the conformance and interoperability tests in this event confirms that Wi-SUN Alliance will be ready to certify products in the near future," said chair of the Test and Certification Working Group, Chin Sean Sum of NICT.

"We at TUV Rheinland are very proud to host the Wi-SUN Alliance Interoperability event out of our laboratory in Pleasanton, California. By participating in the summit, attending key industry leaders, Wi-SUN Alliance representatives and TUV Rheinland experts demonstrate their readiness to set up advanced multivendor networks to serve current and future needs of local utilities," said Stefan Kischka, Vice President at TUV Rheinland Group.

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


The ECHONET standards are globally applicable, international communication standards for linking home appliances made by different manufacturers.  The ECHONET Lite standard was endorsed as the Japanese Smart House Standard by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI).

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

SOURCE Wi-SUN Alliance