The Wi-Fi Alliance has introduced a new membership category designed to enable an even wider range of companies to offer products carrying the industry-leading Wi-Fi CERTIFIED seal of approval. The new class will address the needs of companies who do not specialize in developing connectivity technologies, but who want to deliver connected products with certified interoperability and security protections in categories such as smart home and the Internet of Things.
Members will be able to certify products for Wi-Fi interoperability, legacy compatibility, and secure operation with billions of devices in the installed base at an entry-point level of membership investment. Implementer members may include in their products unmodified Wi-Fi modules or systems certified by other Wi-Fi Alliance members, and those products may use the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED logo and be listed in the Wi-Fi Certified Product Finder. Implementer members are not eligible to contribute to the development of Wi-Fi technology, marketing, and regulatory programs.
The Wi-Fi Alliance will soon expand its industry’s portfolio of solutions for products in the smart home and burgeoning IoT market. One Wi-Fi innovation on the horizon will address use cases requiring the lowest power consumption including wearables, sensor networks, and industrial automation. Wi-Fi Alliance is also developing a new secure and simple way to connect and configure devices that do not have a display or input mechanisms, as is the case with many smart home devices today.
Wi-Fi Alliance member companies have developed and launched more than 20 certification programs and certified more than 25,000 products. The world-class certification program assures that products meet the highest connectivity standards and offer sustainable solutions – enabling products with longer lifespans like refrigerators, home security systems, and other appliances to integrate with the billions of user-facing devices already in use, and an exploding array of Wi-Fi smart home devices coming to market. As more traditional products expand their connectivity capabilities, Wi-Fi Alliance will continue to provide the best user experience with Wi-Fi products and services.