Wi-SUN Alliance: A global ecosystem of member companies seeking to accelerate the implementation of open standards-based Field Area Networks (FAN) and the Internet of Things (IoT). Host and EnerNex Vice President Ron Chebra talks with Phil Beecher, President and CEO of Wi-Sun Alliance, on interoperability, security, the process of testing and certification, and how the Alliance has created an ecosystem of capable devices as the most widely deployed IoT network technology in the world. With more than 91 million Wi-SUN capable devices awarded globally, Beecher comments on its growing success as service providers and city developers deploy new IoT applications and services for smart cities and utilities.
Phil Beecher, President and CEO, Wi-SUN Alliance
Phil Beecher is the President and CEO 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.
Ron Chebra, Vice President of Grid Modernization, EnerNex
Ron is a recognized thought leader and industry expert in utility modernization. He has a deep operating knowledge in technology solutions in areas such as MicroGrids, Renewable Energy Integration, Smart Grid, Distribution Automation (DA), Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) and Demand Response. He provides strategic consulting services to leading energy organizations and to industry suppliers of products and services in the following areas: microgrids, demand response, battery energy storage solutions and “Behind the Meter” technologies. He is frequent contributor to leading industry journals and for the past 2 years, he has been the Chairman of the Smart Cities/IoT Track for Distributech. Ron has over 35 years of experience.
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