Full Spectrum Assists in Development of New Wireless IIoT Standard
Monday, July 17, 2017 | Comments

Full Spectrum elaborated on its participation in the development of the new IEEE 802.16s wireless standard for the industrial internet of things (IIoT). The standard enables secure wireless connectivity for critical applications such as electric grids, nuclear facilities, water, gas and hazardous pipelines, transportation such as rail and autonomous vehicles, and homeland security.

Two and half years ago, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), the Utility Technologies Council (UTC) and 20 of the United States’ largest utility companies initiated a process to develop a new wireless standard dedicated to the burgeoning need for increased industrial internet communications. The group designed the standard to meet industrial application demands for security, range, data rates and reliability – needs that were not being met by the consumer networks offered by cellular operators such as Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile.

Full Spectrum served as an active participant in the creation of the standard, contributing key portions of its wireless technology portfolio to be integrated within the standardization process. The use of the company’s software defined radio (SDR) technology accelerated the completion of the standard, which has passed through various aspects of the approval process. Further, Full Spectrum has also begun to implement a network service for mission-critical entities, beginning in the New York City metro area, leveraging the new standard’s capabilities.

“We are excited to join the group of organizations and companies that supported the development of the new standard,” said Stewart Kantor, CEO and co-founder of Full Spectrum. “We look forward to advancing the adoption of the industrial internet and the benefits it offers to increased productivity, safety and security.”

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