In support of its drive into smart grid power line communications, MCU vendor Atmel Corp. has become the newest member of the G3-PLC Alliance, an international organization whose goal is to promote the G3-PLC Communications standard that ensures interoperability of new smart grid ecosystems. Members are selected and approved by the G3-PLC committee. http://www.atmel.com/products/other/power_line_communications/default.aspx
According to Jean Vigneron, general secretary, G3-PLC Alliance, the G3-PLC technology is an instrumental specification for utility companies deploying smart meters worldwide.
The G3-PLC specification, recently approved by the ITU and compliant with the IEEE 1901.2 standard, is a new low-frequency, orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM)-based narrowband powerline communications (NB-PLC) standard.
The G3-PLC is the first NB-PLC standard that supports the IPv6 internet protocol that allows Internet-based energy management systems used by utilities and grid operators to better manage their assets on the grid. Utility companies can now plan their deployments utilizing G3-PLC technology to achieve cost-effective smart grid systems that will meet customers’ needs today and in the future.
All G3-PLC Alliance member companies are committed to the success of the G3-PLC technology, and will be instrumental in the rapid deployment of this technology.
Members are dedicated to researching or developing products based on G3-PLC, promoting the technology worldwide and participating in various technical working groups, interoperability testing and certification of their products.