Sector Name:Power Delivery & Utilization - Distribution & Utilization
Document Type:Technical Results
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This report provides the results of an assessment of the G3-PLC communication technology for utility applications. Many utilities are interested in powerline communications as a means to reach consumer meters and equipment, particularly in dense urban areas or multi-tenant buildings where radio-based technologies may not perform well. G3-PLC is a medium speed powerline communication technology that can work in a variety of frequencies in the tens to hundreds of kilohertz. This results in good propagation characteristics over distance, making it an interesting technology for a range of applications.
This research includes the development and presentation of a reference architecture for a G3-PLC based system, including the network access points, upstream infrastructure, connected devices, and applications. Laboratory testing was performed on two brands of G3-PLC transceivers, the results of which are presented in this report.
This research is a continuation of other PLC-related research, including an assessment of the Homeplug GreenPhy technology.
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