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By Rich Handley

Itron Supports Wi-SUN Alliance FAN Certification Program for Outdoor IIoT Networks

Itron, a member of the Wi-SUN Alliance, has announced its support for the Wi-SUN Field Area Network (FAN) Certification Program launched today. The company helps utilities and cities manage their energy and water usage.

Wi-SUN (Wireless Smart Ubiquitous Networks) Alliance is a global ecosystem of member companies seeking to accelerate the implementation of an open standards-based FAN (a communications infrastructure for very-large scale networks) and the Internet of Things (IoT). In the same way the Internet is accessible to many different makes and models of smartphones and computers, the Wi-SUN FAN standard enables different industrial devices to interconnect onto common, secure, industrial-grade networks.

Through the FAN Certification Program, the Wi-SUN Alliance certifies 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. Itron will use the Wi-SUN FAN standard as a foundation for its network platforms.

"As a Promoter Member of the Wi-SUN Alliance and a major contributor to the FAN certification program, Itron is pleased to be among the first to submit our product through the certification process," said Sharelynn Moore, Itron's senior VP of networked solutions, in a prepared statement. "Itron's long-standing commitment to the development and evolution of this standard technology addresses our customers' demands for an interoperable network ecosystem. With Wi-SUN FAN standard as the base of our network, Itron will continue to deliver one of the highest performing, most secure and resilient networks in the industry."

"Certification ensures interoperability, which is key to the growth of IoT innovation," said Phil Beecher, the Wi-SUN Alliance's president and CEO, in the prepared statement. "We are pleased to officially launch the FAN Certification Program and are excited for the first wave of FAN certified products to be deployed into the market starting Q1 2019."

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