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Power line communication protocol developed

  • 14 years ago (2009-10-22)
  • Junior Isles
Europe 1061

ERDF, the European Union's largest electricity distribution network operator, has published the specifications of the power line communications (PLC) protocol for meter/concentrator communication developed and deployed by Atos Origin, an IT services provider and a leader in smart meter management, and Trialog, a consulting company specialising in the introduction on innovative technologies.

The protocol is the backbone of the PLC Laboratory, which will guarantee metering equipment interoperability and serve as the sole certification authority for devices from all equipment manufacturers. IskraEmeco, Itron, and Ladis & Gyr helped to develop the open PLC protocol and have already demonstrated their ability to ensure the interoperability of their equipment.

System interoperability is an integral part of ERDF's strategy, and a critical factor in the design of France's future electricity metering network. To meet this challenge, Atos origin and Trialog integrated PLC technology in the communications network that will support 35 million new smart meters scheduled to replace legacy electromechanical meters starting in March 2010. This new network will be rolled out with no investment in grid infrastructure required.

This project to replace ERDF's 35 million electricity meters in France is the world's largest smart meter IT contract currently underway. Atos Origin is handling the pilot phase and building the final information system.

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