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Wi-Sun and ISGF team up to accelerate smart grid development in India

Steve Rogerson
August 11, 2015
The Wi-Sun Alliance and the India Smart Grid Forum (ISGF) have joined forces to accelerate the development of smart grid technologies in the Indian power sector. The ISGF is a public private partnership initiative of the Indian government’s Ministry of Power.
The two organisations aim to work together to promote smart grid technologies in an efficient, cost-effective, innovative and scalable manner using interoperable products based on standards.
"Collaborating with the ISGF will bring together industry experts and key stakeholders to help make smarter infrastructure and smarter grids using Wi-Sun based technologies a reality," said Phil Beecher, chairman of the Wi-Sun Alliance. "Wi-Sun provides an interoperable solution for enabling wireless mesh field area networks that are resilient, secure and cost-effective".
Under the agreement, Wi-Sun and the ISGF will work together on compliance and interoperability programmes as well as promote the benefits of certified, interoperable products to the utility industry, government and regulators. Both parties may also collaborate on key industry events, activities and publications that will promote the growth of the smart grid.
Reji Kumar Pillai, ISGF president and CEO, added: "This agreement with the Wi-Sun Alliance will help us accelerate the deployment of physical communications' infrastructure that is standards-based, scalable, intelligent and interoperable for building smart grids and smart cities in India.”
The ISGF was set up in 2010 to provide a mechanism through which academia, industry, utilities and other stakeholders could participate in the development of smart grid systems in India and provide relevant inputs to the government's decision-making. ISGF has more than 200 members covering ministries, government institutions, regulators, utilities, industry, non-profit organisations, academia, research entities and students.
The mandate of the ISGF is to assist the government on policies and programmes for promotion of smart grids in India, work with national and international agencies in standards development, and help utilities, regulators and the industry in technology selection, training and capacity building.
The Wi-Sun Alliance is a non-profit member-based association consisting of companies devoted to the global proliferation of interoperable wireless technology based on the IEEE 802.15.4g standard for field area networks.