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The number of connected devices and systems is growing at an unprecedented rate, with utility companies and cities becoming increasingly dependent on IoT. It is essential that the underlying networks used for these critical infrastructure applications are not only robust and secure but also highly scaleable to accommodate future applications.
Phil Beecher is the President of the Wi-SUN Alliance, an industry organisation which promotes standards-based interoperable wireless communications products for Smart Ubiquitous Networks, Smart Cities and Internet of Things (IoT) applications, and implements a rigorous testing and certification program to achieve its aims.
Since 1997, Phil has played a key role in the development of communications standards including Bluetooth, WiFi, IETF, IEEE and cellular and the specification of test plans for a number of Smart Utilities Network standards, including Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) and Home Energy Management Systems.
He was chairman of IEEE 802.15 TG4g (a wireless standard for Smart Utility Networks), chairman of IEEE802.15 TG4u and TG4v (defining RF spectrum for IoT networks globally), vice chairman of IEEE 802.15 TG4m (TV Whitespace), vice chairman of the WiFi Alliance Smart Grid Task Group, chairman of OpenSG Edge Conformity Task Group, Contributing Editor to IEEE802.15.4-2006 and has held positions in the U.S. Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) Test and Certification Committee, Telecom Industry Association and Bluetooth SIG.
He is a graduate of the University of Sussex with a degree in Electronic Engineering and holds patents in communications and networking technology.
The Wi-SUN Alliance is a global member-based industry association. Founded in 2012 by Promoter Members, including Analog, Devices Cisco, Itron, Murata NICT, Omron, Renesas, Rohm Semiconductor, Silver Spring Networks and Toshiba, Wi-SUN's goal is to drive the adoption of wireless solutions in markets serving the Internet of Things (IoT).
The Wi-SUN Alliance seeks to accelerate the implementation of smart grids, smart cities, smart utilities and large-scale outdoor IoT applications by enabling the global adoption of interoperable solutions based on open standards.
It creates communications layer specifications based on open standards from organisations, such as IEEE802, IETF, TIA, TTC and ETSI, and develops a robust testing and certification program guaranteeing that products that implement the Wi-SUN specification interoperate. The Alliance has certified around 80 products worldwide, including many for the connection of smart meters to home energy management systems.
Wi-SUN specifications bring Smart Ubiquitous Networks to service providers, utilities, municipalities/local government and other enterprises, by enabling interoperable, multi-service and secure wireless mesh networks. Wi-SUN can be used for large-scale outdoor IoT wireless communication networks in a wide range of applications, including:
• Smart grid - e.g. advanced metering infrastructure, Peak Load Management, control of power distribution, alternative energy, e.g. control of solar and wind farms
• Smart cities - e.g. street lighting, dynamic control of traffic lights, smart parking
• Structural health monitoring - e.g. monitoring of the integrity of bridges, buildings, etc.
• Agriculture - e.g. monitoring humidity and temperatures in greenhouses.
Wi-SUN smart cities include Copenhagen, Paris and Stockholm, while Bristol has become the first Wi-SUN-powered smart city in the UK.