The HomePlug Powerline Alliance has introduced a new certification and marketing program, Netricity Powerline Communications (PLC), which will promote adoption and provide compliance and interoperability testing of products built on the IEEE 1901.2 Low-Frequency Narrow-Band PLC standard.
Netricity PLC operates in low frequency bands, making it ideally suited for grid-to-utility meter and other long range applications, such as lighting and solar panel powerline communications. The technology provides communication privacy and network security, complementing HomePlug’s family of high speed networking specifications: HomePlug AV, HomePlug Green PHY, and the soon to be released HomePlug AV2.
The IEEE 1901.2 standard is built on PRIME and G3, OFDM technologies that have been already chosen by some of the world’s largest energy providers including IBERDROLA and ERDF for Smart Meter to the Grid communication.
Rob Ranck, president of the HomePlug Powerline Alliance, says, “Our goal with Netricity PLC is to provide customers such as utility and energy companies the foundation of a global standard with a competitive ecosystem of certified products from many vendors. Netricity PLC extends the member contributions of the HomePlug Alliance to cover all key markets for powerline communications.”
The HomePlug Powerline Alliance has 65 member companies that create specifications, marketing, and certification programs to accelerate worldwide adoption of powerline networking with HomePlug technology, in which the electrical wires in the home can distribute broadband Internet, HD video, digital music and smart energy applications.
The Alliance works with key stakeholders to ensure HomePlug specifications are designed to meet the requirements of IPTV service providers, power utilities, appliance manufacturers, and consumer electronics. Sponsor members include Broadcom Corporation; Cisco; Duke Energy; GE Energy; Qualcomm Atheros; Renesas Electronics; SPiDCOM Technologies; and STMicroelectronics.
Netricity PLC will be a central feature of the upcoming 2011 HomePlug Powerline Alliance conference, taking place November 8-9 in San Francisco. For more information, visit www.homeplug.org/conference.