TOKYO and SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Wi-SUN Alliance, a global organization leading standards compliance and interoperability testing of Smart Utility Networks, announced today continued rapid growth of its membership with many additional companies and institutions recently joining the Alliance. These new members strongly enhance the Alliance's existing coalition of leading silicon vendors, networking companies and utility equipment providers cooperating to ensure robust, interoperable products for Smart Grid and related utility needs.
From the network industry, key new additions include Cisco Systems joining at the Promoter membership level and Huawei joining at the Contributor level. As a Promoter member, Cisco Systems has additionally been accepted to the Wi-SUN Board of Directors, joining existing directors from Analog Devices, Fuji Electric, Murata Manufacturing, Japan's National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), Omron Corp., Osaki Electric, Renesas Electronics and Silver Spring Networks.
From the utility industry, key new additions include Tokyo Gas and Toshiba Toko Meters joining at the Contributor membership level. As one of the largest utilities in the world, Tokyo Gas serves more than 10 million customers and has a long history of active participation in standards efforts, including IEEE 802.15.4g. Toshiba Toko Meters is a major supplier to and part owned by the Tokyo Electric Power Company, which serves over 20 million customers in the greater Tokyo area.
"Our current membership warmly welcomes these new additions," said Phil Beecher, chairman of the Wi-SUN Alliance, "We have focused on developing an open and participatory testing and certification process, as demonstrated by recent successful interoperability and educational events in several countries. Our rapid growth shows the widespread global support for this approach. We look forward to active participation from our new members, and to announcing additional members and other collaborations in the near future."
A complete roster of Wi-SUN membership, including most recent new members, as well as information on membership levels and benefits, can be found at www.wi-sun.org.
Wi-SUN: Advancing seamless connectivity
The Wi-SUN Alliance is an association of companies working together to enable reliable, cost-effective, low-power, wireless Smart Utility products based on open global standards such as IEEE 802.15.4g. The Wi-SUN Alliance membership comprises solution providers and original equipment manufacturers worldwide. Membership is open to all corporations. Additional information can be found at www.wi-sun.org
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