Standardisation

ACN has contributed to both IEEE 1901 standard and in ITU-T SG15/Q4 G.hn Recommendations. ACN is also presently contributing to the elaboration of the Narrowband Power Line (NBPL) communications standard: IEEE P1901.2 for Smart Metering.

IEEE 1901

The IEEE Standards Association, a globally recognized standards-setting body within the IEEE, develops consensus standards through an open process that engages industry and brings together a broad stakeholder community. IEEE standards set specifications and best practices based on current scientific and technological knowledge. The IEEE 1901™ Broadband over Power Line (BPL) standard was finalized in December 2010. This globally recognized BPL standard is designed for use in a wide range of applications including smart energy, transportation and Local Area Networks (LANs) in both the home and the enterprise. Networking products that fully comply with IEEE 1901 will deliver data rates in excess of 500 Mbps in LAN applications. In first-mile/last-mile applications, IEEE 1901-compliant devices will achieve ranges of up to 1500 meters. The technology specified by IEEE 1901 uses sophisticated modulation techniques to transmit data over standard AC power lines of any voltage at transmission frequencies of less than 100 MHz.

The IEEE 1901.2 standard specifies communications for low frequency (less than 500 kHz) narrowband power line devices via alternating current and direct current electric power lines for Smart-Metering. This standard supports indoor and outdoor communications over low voltage line (line between transformer and meter, less than 1000V), through transformer low-voltage to medium-voltage (1000V up to 72 kV) and through transformer medium-voltage to low-voltage power lines in both urban and in long distance (multi- kilometer) rural communications. The standard uses transmission frequencies less than 500 kHz. Data rates will be scalable to 500 kbps depending on the application requirements. This standard addresses grid to utility meter, electric vehicle to charging station, and within home area networking communications scenarios.