Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Wi-Sun to launch FAN club next week

Steve Rogerson
September 27, 2018
Wireless open standards body Wi-Sun Alliance will launch its field area network (FAN) certification programme next week. FAN is a communications infrastructure for very large-scale networks. The network will let devices interconnect onto one common network.
Aimed at city developers, utilities and other service providers to simplify and support large-scale, outdoor networks, FAN can support applications such as advanced metering infrastructure, distribution automation, smart metering, intelligent transport and traffic systems, and street lighting.
The industry standard is said to meet the rigorous demands required when developing and deploying smart cities and utilities, including: adaptable multi-service networks that will help ensure interoperability; reducing the time needed to evaluate new products; eliminating single-vendor lock-in; and a global ecosystem of standards-based products, reducing risk and cost.
The Wi-Sun Alliance is a global member-based association made up of industry companies. Its mission is to drive the proliferation of interoperable wireless for use in smart cities, smart utilities and other IoT applications using open standards from organisations such as IEEE802, IETF, TIA, TTC and Etsi. Membership includes silicon vendors, product vendors, services providers, utilities, universities, enterprises, municipalities and local government organisations.