Landis+Gyr Announces Wi-SUN Certification for Smart Grid Network Radio Technology

Standard enables interoperability for smart grid IoT

Atlanta, GA. – Aug. 15, 2016 Landis+Gyr, a global leader in energy management solutions, has successfully completed Wi-SUN US Profile physical layer certification of the radio technology used in Gridstream® solutions and deployed globally in over 7 million smart grid IoT devices.

Industry alliance certifications ensure future interoperability of RF-enabled hardware deployed in smart grid networks. This standards-based certification demonstrates that utilities will be able to realize a future smart grid vision that securely connects devices critical to efficiently and reliably serve the needs of energy consumers. With a wide variety of Wi-SUN compliant devices already operating today on Landis+Gyr networks, utilities are better positioned to bring new devices onto the network for a variety of energy efficiency, grid management and smart city applications.

“Landis+Gyr continues to lead the smart grid industry in terms of products certified by standards organizations and industry alliances, as well as the number of certified network components and sensors deployed in the field,” said Ruben Salazar, Global Head of Research and Technology at Landis+Gyr. “We are committed to achieving certifications from relevant organizations as they are available to ensure more reliable, scalable and interoperable communications solutions for electric, gas and water utilities.”

About Landis+Gyr

Landis+Gyr is the leading global provider of integrated energy management solutions for the utility sector. Offering the broadest portfolio of products and services to address complex industry challenges, the company delivers comprehensive solutions for the foundation of a smarter grid including; smart metering, distribution network sensing and automation tools, load control, analytics and energy storage. Landis+Gyr operates in 31 countries across five continents as an independent growth platform of the Toshiba Corporation (TKY:6502) and is also 40% owned by the Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ). With annualized sales of more than US$1.5 billion, the company employs 5,700 people with the sole mission of helping the world manage energy better. More information is available at landisgyr.com

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Landis+Gyr Expands Role with Wi-SUN Alliance

Company promoting interoperability standards to improve utility networks

ATLANTA, GA. – April 4, 2018 – Landis+Gyr (LAND.SW) is expanding its participation in the Wi-SUN Alliance through its Promoter Member status of this global standards organization, and by nominating a director to the board.

The Wi-SUN Alliance is a global member-based association driving the proliferation of interoperable wireless solutions for use in smart cities, smart utilities and other Internet of Things (IoT) applications.

“This signifies our commitment to continue active promotion of Wi-SUN certification for utility networks at every level,” said Marius Chilom, Senior Vice President and Chief Technical Officer of Solutions for Landis+Gyr. “Our long-range vision is to leverage standards-based interoperability and demonstrate value for smart grid applications.”

Landis+Gyr’s Gridstream® Connect is a flexible IoT platform that incorporates the latest in standards adoption to facilitate interoperability.  The combination of flexible communications, a robust ecosystem of intelligent grid-edge devices and a growing environment of applications provide utilities with real-time information and automation capabilities to improve reliability and efficiency of energy distribution systems, while helping to engage consumers in energy management.

About Landis+Gyr

Landis+Gyr is the leading global provider of integrated energy management solutions for the utility sector. Offering one of the broadest portfolios of products and services to address complex industry challenges, the company delivers comprehensive solutions for the foundation of a smarter grid, including smart metering, distribution network sensing and automation tools, load control, analytics and energy storage. Landis+Gyr operates in over 30 countries across five continents. With sales of approximately USD 1.7 billion, the company employs c. 6,000 people with the sole mission of helping the world manage energy better. More information is available at www.landisgyr.com.

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Challenges of the March Sun

The solar eclipse will be a test for Europe’s energy grid, but the real concern is the ability to quickly restore the network.

Under a cloudless morning sky on Friday, 20 March 2015, more than 35 gigawatt of solar energy, the equivalent of almost 80 medium size conventional power plants, will gradually fade from Europe's energy grid. This is the prediction made by the association of European transmission system operators (ENTSO-E) about the impact of the upcoming eclipse. The total solar eclipse will only be visible in the remote north of Europe next month, but a partial eclipse will be seen over all of Europe. Astronomers predict that sunlight will be cut by between 30 and 98 percent depending on the location of the observer. The sudden change in solar power production will cause a challenge for European transmission operators: how to coordinate the use of the reserves in order to balance the power in real time without creating overloads on the grid.

TSOs have been preparing for the solar eclipse for months. Here, the challenge is to make sure that there is sufficient energy from conventional generation to satisfy demand during the eclipse. Since the event’s time and duration is predictable well in advance, insuring sufficient capacity from conventional generation is feasible. Issue can be however the cost of the reserve. Continental Europe overall has 87 GW of solar capacity installed, mainly in Germany, Italy and France. German solar capacity alone has risen from just a few hundred MW in 2003, when the region last witnessed a major eclipse, to 38,200 MW now. On a global scale, photovoltaic power capacity is projected to double or even triple to 430 GW by 2018. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), solar power is expected to be the world's largest source of electricity by 2050.

How do you mitigate the impact of renewable integration on your distribution network?

Turning the lights back on

Even though an eclipse tends to spur people’s imagination, from a network management point of view it’s actually just another example for the general difficulties of integrating intermittent renewable energy. The real network management challenge lies in the rapid restoration of network once the sunlight returns after about 90 minutes or so of partial or total darkness. When large amounts of energy are being fed back in the network, a point can be reached where the smart inverters automatically limit the amount of energy that reaches the grid. This, if not managed properly, could lead to a shortage of supply at distribution network level possibly causing even unplanned outages in parts of the effected distributed network.

The optimal way to prepare for more unexpected, rapidly arising difficult weather conditions is by implementing network automation at distribution level. For example real time information provided by sensors and a range of other smart devices enable active network management and much shorter response times. While active network management and real time information is becoming more popular, the use of batteries is lagging behind.

Quickly charging batteries are ideal for advanced active network management. Using energy storage devices allows further reduction of response time after blackouts. We should be quite confident that we are able to deal successfully with a rare and predictable event like the eclipse. However, the concern should rather be about more common, frequent and unpredictable difficult weather conditions requiring higher level of automation of the distribution network.

Of course, these types of natural phenomena – along with major sporting or cultural events – will always put a strain on the network, but the system can be made more robost. In the Energy Union Communication, the Commission says that it will address the range of acceptable risk levels for supply interruptions which will include variable renewable production, demand response and storage possibilities. Moreover, as the Communication rightly asserts, the European energy markets and grids need to be “fit for renewables”. An eclipse would still cause a certain degree of strain on a system with conventional generation, but the high volume of solar energy increases the disruption exponentially. Therefore, it is imperative that the opportunity offered by a “fundamental transformation of the Europe’s energy system be seized and the issues of renewables, security of supply, energy efficiency and innovation are addressed in a holistic matter. The celestial bodies don’t care which is the “energy policy topic” du jour.

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Landis+Gyr Advances Interoperability with Network Bridge Certification to Wi-SUN FAN 1.0

Company demonstrates ongoing leadership to establish standards-based connectivity for utilities

ATLANTA, GA. – Sept. 25, 2019 – Landis+Gyr (LAND.SW) announced the certification of the Network Bridge, an intelligent routing and distribution automation device, as a border router under the Wi-SUN FAN 1.0 field area network certification program. The Network Bridge is the latest component of Landis+Gyr’s Gridstream® Connect utility IoT platform to receive certification under this program, which was introduced by the Wi-SUN Alliance last October to promote the interoperability of utility networks.

Interoperability of network devices is a key requirement to address grid challenges, such as the increase in decentralized energy, that require swifter grid responsiveness and edge intelligence. The Network Bridge provides wireless connection to a broad range of grid and energy management devices. Additionally, it offers Linux-based distributed computing power and routing capabilities that are critical for Distribution Automation (DA) and other smart grid applications. As a complement to this standards-based connectivity, the Network Bridge leverages its on-board processing power to enable advanced encryption that further increases the security of field communication across devices.

“The two features utilities demand most are interoperability and security for field networks. Our Network Bridge is built to be compatible, interoperable, and secure – whether functioning as a router or as a DA device for monitoring and controlling other assets,” said Doug Jeademann, Vice President of Product Lines at Landis+Gyr. “Wi-SUN certification, paired with an IoT platform designed specifically for utility needs, puts the Landis+Gyr solution at the forefront of addressing evolving utility requirements.”

Gridstream Connect links smart devices with flexible communication options designed to support intelligent grid functions ranging from advanced metering and distribution automation to consumer engagement and street light management.

All Wi-SUN certified products are rigorously tested by a third-party test lab to ensure the devices work together effortlessly and securely. Certified devices include a digital certificate to authenticate entry to a Wi-SUN FAN network, which significantly reduces vulnerability to cyber security threats.

About Landis+Gyr

Landis+Gyr is the leading global provider of integrated energy management solutions for the utility sector. Offering one of the broadest portfolios, we deliver innovative and flexible solutions to help utilities solve their complex challenges in smart metering, grid edge intelligence and smart infrastructure. With sales of USD 1.8 billion, Landis+Gyr employs approximately 5,600 people in over 30 countries across five continents, with the sole mission of helping the world manage energy better.

More information is available at www.landisgyr.com.

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Register Now: Advancing Open Interoperability for Utility IoT Under the Wi-SUN Standard

In this webinar, you will hear from product directors from Landis+Gyr and Cisco, who will discuss how these two industry leaders, working together to advance Wi-SUN open interoperability standards, have developed a solution designed to meet these requirements, and how they have made it real and actionable for utilities now.

Landis+Gyr’s Gridstream Network Node Receives Wi-SUN FAN 1.0 Certification

Standard represents a milestone for interoperable utility IoT networks

ATLANTA, GA. – Feb. 4, 2019 – Landis+Gyr (LAND.SW) announced successful certification of its Gridstream® Connect network node to the Wi-SUN FAN 1.0 standard for field area networks.

“This is an important next step for interoperability and encourages development of smart infrastructure components utilities can use to extend the value of their field networks,” said Gary High, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Product Management at Landis+Gyr.  “Our customers are already realizing the benefits of deploying best-fit technology in their networks and we have designed our Gridstream Connect platform to provide flexible networking and device integration from the edge of the grid to the back office.”

Field area networks provide coverage for communicating utility assets such as smart meters, sensors and automation devices. With a growing market for grid-edge applications, the use of common standards for FAN connectivity broadens the options available and will help speed development of new devices.

Wi-SUN’s FAN Certification Program provides compliance testing of network components and devices to a communications profile developed from applicable open standards and certifies the product’s ability to interoperate.

Gridstream Connect links intelligent devices with flexible communication options for a variety of functions ranging from advanced metering and distribution automation to consumer engagement and street light management. The certified network node is built to reside on a variety of intelligent grid-edge devices capable of running applications for smart communities, while supporting new energy distribution strategies.

All Wi-SUN certified products are rigorously tested by a third-party test lab to ensure the devices work together effortlessly and securely. Certified devices include a digital certificate to authenticate entry to a Wi-SUN FAN network, which significantly reduces vulnerability to cyber security threats.

About Landis+Gyr

Landis+Gyr is the leading global provider of integrated energy management solutions for the utility sector. Offering one of the broadest portfolios of products and services to address complex industry challenges, the company delivers comprehensive solutions for the foundation of a smarter grid, including smart metering, distribution network sensing and automation tools, load control, and analytics. Landis+Gyr operates in over 30 countries across five continents. With sales of approximately USD 1.7 billion, the company employs c. 6,000 people with the sole mission of helping the world manage energy better. More information is available at landisgyr.com.

About the Wi-SUN Alliance

The Wi-SUN Alliance is a global non-profit member-based association made up of industry leading companies. Its mission is to drive the global proliferation of interoperable wireless solutions for use in smart cities, smart grids and other Internet of Things (IoT) applications using open global standards from organizations, such as IEEE802, IETF, TIA, TTC and ETSI. With more than 200 members worldwide, membership of the Wi-SUN Alliance is open to all industry stakeholders and includes silicon vendors, product vendors, services providers, utilities, universities, enterprises and municipalities and local government organizations. For more information, please visit: www.wi-sun.org.

Wi-SUN Alliance and the Wi-SUN Alliance logo are trademarks of the Wi-SUN Alliance.

Landis+Gyr Helps Lead Wi-SUN Alliance’s FAN Certification Program for Large Scale IoT Communication Networks

Product certification testing is set to begin later this year

 Atlanta, GA. – Oct. 1, 2018 – Landis+Gyr (LAND.SW) announced its support for the Wi-SUN FAN Certification Program launched by the Wi-SUN alliance earlier today.  As a Promoter Member of the Wi-SUN Alliance that holds a Board of Directors position, Landis+Gyr joins other member companies in promoting the implementation of open standards-based Field Area Network (FAN) and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Utilities have utilized field area networks to provide coverage for communicating assets such as smart meters, sensors and automation devices across their service territory. With the growth in smart city applications, common standards for FAN connectivity will broaden the choices available for applications and devices able to join the network.

Wi-SUN’s FAN Certification Program will provide compliance testing of network components and devices to a communications profile developed from applicable open standards and certify the product’s ability to interoperate.

“Landis+Gyr strongly supports this certification effort for the future value it will add for utility grid modernization and IoT programs,” said Marius Chilom, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Solutions for Landis+Gyr. “The better the interoperability, the more effective these networks will be for the next wave of smart grid and smart city applications.”

“Certification ensures interoperability, which is key to the growth of IoT innovation,” said Phil Beecher, President and CEO, Wi-SUN Alliance. “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.”

The certification program will ensure utilities, cities and service providers have access to adaptable, multi-service networks that will help ensure interoperability into the future. Other key benefits for network operators include:

  • Easier evaluation of new products, as behavior, performance and interoperability are well defined.
  • More choice of products and vendors.
  • Encourages global development of standards-based products, reducing the risk and costly impact of stranded assets.

All Wi-SUN certified products are rigorously tested by a Wi-SUN appointed third-party test lab to ensure the devices work together effortlessly and securely for rapid time to market. Certified devices include a digital certificate to authenticate entry to a Wi-SUN FAN network, significantly reducing vulnerability to cyber security threats. Under a separate agreement, Wi-SUN Alliance has appointed GlobalSign as the third-party supplier of digital certificates for the Wi-SUN FAN certification program.

About Landis+Gyr

Landis+Gyr is the leading global provider of integrated energy management solutions for the utility sector. Offering one of the broadest portfolios of products and services to address complex industry challenges, the company delivers comprehensive solutions for the foundation of a smarter grid, including smart metering, distribution network sensing and automation tools, load control, analytics and energy storage. Landis+Gyr operates in over 30 countries across five continents. With sales of approximately USD 1.7 billion, the company employs c. 6,000 people with the sole mission of helping the world manage energy better. More information is available at www.landisgyr.com.

About Wi-SUN Alliance

The Wi-SUN Alliance is a global non-profit member-based association made up of industry leading companies. Its mission is to drive the global proliferation of interoperable wireless solutions for use in smart cities, smart grids and other Internet of Things (IoT) applications using open global standards from organizations, such as IEEE802, IETF, TIA, TTC and ETSI. With more than 180 members worldwide, membership of the Wi-SUN Alliance is open to all industry stakeholders and includes silicon vendors, product vendors, services providers, utilities, universities, enterprises and municipalities and local government organizations.

For more information, please visit: www.wi-sun.org.

Wi-SUN Alliance and the Wi-SUN Alliance logo are trademarks of the Wi-SUN Alliance.

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