The Wi-SUN Alliance today announced a strategic relationship with the India Smart Grid Forum (ISGF) a public private partnership initiative of Ministry of Power, Govt. of India, created to accelerate the development of smart grid technologies in the Indian power sector. The two organizations will work together to promote smart grid technologies in an efficient, cost-effective, innovative and scalable manner utilizing interoperable solutions based on standards.“Collaborating with 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”.
According to Reji Kumar Pillai, ISGF President and CEO, “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.
Under the agreement, Wi-SUN and ISGF will work together on compliance and interoperability programs 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.
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 over 200 members covering Ministries, Government Institutions, Regulators, Utilities, Industry, Non-Profit Organizations, Academia and Research entities and Students from renowned institutions. Mandate of ISGF is to assist government on policies and programs for promotion of Smart Grids in India, work with national and international agencies in standards development and to help utilities, regulators and the Industry in technology selection, training and capacity building.
About the Wi-SUN Alliance
The Wi-SUN Alliance is a non-profit member-based association consisting of industry leading companies devoted to the global proliferation of interoperable wireless solutions based on the IEEE 802.15.4g standard for Field Area Networks (FAN). Membership in the Wi-SUN Alliance is open to all industry stakeholders interested in accelerating the adoption of a complete interoperability specification for use in Smart Utility Networks for Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) and Smart City networks for intelligent street lighting and parking systems. Products bearing the Wi-SUN CERTIFIEDT mark provide utilities and municipalities with confidence that certified products from multiple suppliers are interoperable and conform to the IEEE 802.15.4g standard.
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