Large scale IoT certification initiative launched
Written by: Philip Mason | Published:

The Wi-SUN Alliance has got underway with its FAN (field area network) certification programme

According to the organisation, the programme will certify devices for use by utilities, city developers, as well as service providers, in order to “simplify and support large-scale, outdoor networks for smart cities, smart utilities and other IoT rollouts.”

Speaking of the rationale behind the initiative, a spokesperson for the organisation said: “The availability of the programme is the result of the vision, collaboration and dedication of a number of Wi-SUN member companies. Through it, we certify products based on their compliance to a communications profile derived from applicable open standards, and their ability to interoperate with other Wi-SUN certified products.”

The spokesperson continued: “Proprietary systems are no longer sufficiently flexible, or as cost-effective, as solutions which are based on open standards. Adhering to the Wi-SUN FAN profile based on open IEEE and IETF standards enables service providers, smart cities and utilities to deploy adaptable, interoperable, multi-service networks.”

Wi-SUN Alliance president and CEO Phil Beecher, said: “Wi-SUN continues to be at the forefront of IoT innovation, and as cities, utilities and the industry grow their IoT networks, they are increasingly recognising that industry-wide open standards are essential for interoperability and scalability.”

The term ‘field area network’ refers to the infrastructure for very large-scale networks communications systems.

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