Announcing a new worldwide wireless standard for
the Industrial Internet of Things

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), the Utility Technology Council (UTC) and a group of major US Utilities have now completed the new wireless standard for Industrial Field Area Networks - IEEE 802.16s


EPRI Introduction to new standard

  • The IEEE 802.16s standard, after 2.5 years of multi-disciplinary engineering research and design, is now complete.  The standard was formally published on October 13, 2017 and ushers in a new era of wireless connectivity for the industrial internet.

  • In 2015, the IEEE 802 Executive Committee approved a Project Authorization Request (PAR) to amend the existing worldwide IEEE 802.16 standard to respond to the wireless needs of the industrial internet.  The technical purpose of the amendment was to design an air interface that would support channel sizes between 100 kHz and 2 MHz.

  • This amendment allows for standards based inter-operable IEEE 802.16 equipment in multiple nationwide licensed frequency bands including the Upper 700 MHz A Band, the 217 MHz and 219 MHz AMTS Bands, the 218 MHz IVDS bands, the 900 MHz NPCS bands and the legacy paging frequencies starting at 157 MHz, 454 MHz, 459 MHz and 931 MHz.

  • Collectively, these frequencies represent up to 10 MHz of licensed spectrum that can be use for mission critical industrial networks.