Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Wize Alliance present?

Wize Alliance is an international organization. The Wize technology is deployed, for the most part, in Europe (France, Spain, Italy, Portugal …) and uses a European standard. It is also present in Asia (China, Singapore), Africa (Morocco, Algeria) and in South America (Chile, Colombia).

Is the Alliance open to competitors of founding members?

Wize Alliance is open to all organizations wishing to participate in the development of Wize technology.

Wize Alliance members are public or private utilities, transmission system operators, equipment manufacturers, semiconductor manufacturers, battery manufacturers, integrators of information and complex industrial systems, security experts, radio technology specialists, start-ups, academics...

Is joining Wize Alliance mandatory to use this technology?

Access to the 169 Mhz frequency is free by rights in Europe and reserved for the uses of counters.

Membership in the organization includes access to the publication of the Local Area Network (LAN) and WAN (Wide Area Network) specifications for gas and water meter communicating network. The LAN protocol complies with the European standard 13757-x but also allows deployment outside Europe on equivalent frequency bands.

The founding members will also propose a development kit and development assistance.

The alliance offers a licensing model on concentrator technology.

An actor can purchase Wize material without being a member of the alliance.

Is it possible to participate in other alliances?

Membership in Wize Alliance is not exclusive; its members can absolutely be part of other alliances and organizations.

What is the membership fee?

Membership is paid for with an annual fee, the amount of which depends on the level of membership. There are three levels of membership: Regular, Active and Executive.

Note that academics can access the Regular level free of charge.

Depending on the membership category, members have rights ranging from dissemination of information to strategic decision making within Wize Alliance governance bodies.

Are the technologies put forth by Wize Alliance interoperable with those of other alliances or organizations?

All objects connected within the Wize technology framework are interoperable as they are based on European standards.

How much does this technology cost?

Services built using Wize technology are unique to each member who defines its offers and prices. Wize technology, however, offers technical advantages that allow it to be highly competitive (CAPEX & OPEX minimized).

How many effective deployments of the technology are there around the world?

Wize technology’s basics have been implemented and industrialized since 2005, the first deployments being automated meter reading (AMR) for water meters. It has been successfully deployed and operated by cities and professionals (real estate managers, trustees, etc.) for more than 10 years. Today, Wize technology connects more than 3 million communicating water meters and will affect 11 million communicating gas meters by 2022. More than 500 cities across 15 countries use it.

What are the possible applications for usage?

This technology is intended to be used for the smart metering of water, gas, electricity, heat and for other uses such as urban transport, public lighting, connected factories, wastewater treatment, etc.

What data security guarantees are linked to this technology?

Data security has taken into account since the start its design (each device has a key) and is defined by the European standard 13757-x. It ensures the following: confidentiality of the data by encryption; authentication of the equipment; integrity and availability of the data; physical protection of the equipment by devices detecting breaks of their physical integrity; protection of the integrated software by mechanisms securing the administration interfaces and software encryption rules.

Where is the collected data transmitted?

Sensors and objects in the field communicate periodically with gateways (hubs) installed on building rooftops. These gateways are secure bridges, which do not perform any processing on the data received and relay the messages to central servers for processing. The gateways are connected to IP-based servers using standards and Internet security.