13.02.2015 News Comments Off

G3-PLC Comm. Module for the RS485 interface

ACN has developed a G3-PLC Comm. Module for 3-phase electricity meters with an RS485 interface. Such electricity meters are commonly used in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. Additionally, the Comm. Module has a Euridis 2 interface, easing the installation or update of these electricity meters.

The G3-PLC Comm. Module has been extensively tested with the NTX4 3-phase electricity meter from EMH Metering.

The NXT4 electricity meter with ACN’s G3-PLC Comm. Module has been MID certified.

29.09.2014 News Comments Off

ACN joined the DLMS User Association

Expanding its Smart Meter design activities, ACN has joined the DLMS User Association.

The DLMS/COSEM specification specifies an interface model and communication protocols for data exchange with metering equipment.

Read the full announcement.

29.09.2014 News Comments Off

ACN has working prototypes conforming to the new ITU-T standard

ACN has working prototypes of the new ITU-T G.9903 (02/2014) standard, also known as G3-PLC. The Company also has working implementations of the previous versions of the G3-PLC standard (05/2013) and (10/2012).

ACN’s new G3-PLC implementation allows narrowband power line data communications in the CENELEC A band, the ARIB band, and the FCC band.

Measured Cenelec-A PHY Throughput for different modulation and frame size

These prototypes have been successfully tested under real-world conditions.

26.09.2014 News Comments Off

ACN joined the DLMS User Association

Expanding its Smart Meter design activities, ACN has joined the DLMS User Association.

The DLMS/COSEM specification specifies an interface model and communication protocols for data exchange with metering equipment.

DLMS User Association Logo

The Alliance has recently published, in conjunction with the new narrowband power line (NBPL) data communications standards G3-PLC and PRIME, a Green Book, version 8, specifying the COSEM Interface Classes to be used when implementing G3-PLC.

DLMS/COSEM is widely adopted by utilities worldwide.

26.09.2014 News Comments Off

ACN becomes a member of the G3-PLC Alliance

ACN has actively participated in the IEEE and ITU-T standardization working groups, specifying narrow-band power line data communications for Smart Metering. The company is now also a member of the G3-PLC Alliance, responsible for the test procedures and certification of narrowband power line data communications, as specified in the ITU-T G.9903 (02/2014) standard.

The G3-PLC Alliance was founded by Électricité Réseaux de France (ErDF). The G3-PLC standard has been selected by ErDF for use in the LINKY Smart Metering project, which foresees the deployment of 35 million of Smart Meters. A call for quotations was published by ErdF in March 2014.

The G3-PLC Alliance Logo

22.01.2013 Events, News Comments Off

The 3rd PLC International Forum 2013, Osaka

The conference was devoted to the applications and further developments of powerline communications with focus on the construction of Smart Communities, Smart Houses and the evolution of the grid towards the Smart Grid.

07.01.2013 News Comments Off

IEEE 1901 HD-PLC Chipsets Compliant with the New CENELEC EMC Standard EN50561-1 Are Available in the Market

HD-PLC Alliance announced that IEEE 1901 HD-PLC chipsets compliant with the approved CENELEC EN50561-1 electromagnetic compatibility standard are available in the market.

Read the full press release.

07.01.2013 News, Press Releases Comments Off

IEEE 1901 HD-PLC Chipsets Compliant with the New CENELEC EMC Standard EN50561-1 Are Available in the Market

November 12, 2012 – FUKUOKA, Japan

HD-PLC Alliance (http://www.hd-plc.org/) announced that IEEE 1901 HD-PLC chipsets compliant with the approved CENELEC EN50561-1 electromagnetic compatibility standard are available in the market.

A secured CE marking is finally available for the power line communication (PLC) equipment thanks to the ratification of the new CENELEC EN50561-1 standard related to electromagnetic compatibility for PLC products. The announcement of the CENELEC EN50561-1 standard’s approval allowing the deployment of PLC solutions while assuring the protection of broadcasting services is big news for the broadband powerline technologies. “This new standard comes to end all uncertainties in the development of broadband powerline communication market. It will allow the emergence of products with integrated broadband PLC technology inside” says Stephan Horvath, Director of new technology planning at the HD-PLC Alliance and CEO of ACN Advanced Communication Network SA.

“Compliance with the CENELEC EN50561-1 standard is due within three years. HD-PLC chooses to implement it from today liberating the market of the uncertainties of CE marking and bringing a permanent solution to interferences problems which can be found in different European countries.” said Michimasa Aramaki, President and Chairman of the HD-PLC Alliance.
The HD-PLC chipsets avoid transmissions in the radio amateur bands and implement the cognitive dynamic frequency exclusion mechanism to protect the reception of radio broadcast services. The dynamic detection of the radio frequencies to be protected combined with the high efficient notching capability of the wavelet modulation provides an efficient protection of radio reception and a maximized PLC throughput.

The HD-PLC chipsets also implement a dynamic power control mechanism that minimizes potential disturbances to other systems. The transmission power is dynamically adjusted to the minimum needed to achieve a good PLC communication performance.
“The superior qualities of HD-PLC technology such as native efficient notching capability of wavelet modulation allowed us a quick and efficient implementation of the CENELEC standard without any loss of performance” underlines Joseph Choghi, Director of Marketing of HD-PLC Alliance from K-Micro America.
Evaluation kits are available from HD-PLC member companies, and HD-PLC Alliance will also coordinate its evaluations.

About HD-PLC
The HD-PLC Alliance fosters the deployment of HD-PLC technology, an eco-friendly designed and international standards compliant powerline technology.
The HD-PLC Alliance proposes a global certification program for the IEEE 1901 Std and IEEE/ITU Coexistence recommended by U.S. NIST SGIP PAP15. HD-PLC coexistence certification documents are open not only for alliance members but also for nonmembers and other organizations.

12.01.2012 Events, News Comments Off

The 2nd PLC International Forum 2012, Tokyo

The conference was devoted to the applications and further developments of powerline communications with focus on consumer electronics and Smart Grid applications. The contribution of ACN entitled “A Bright Future” is available for download.

29.07.2011 Press Releases Comments Off

Worldwide Smart Grid market set for huge growth

Download the article as published in the Swiss Banking Yearbook 2010.