Powerline-based smart village in Cairo


Cairo, Egypt — (METERING.COM) — June 27, 2007 – PLC International and Corinex Communications have won the bid for a powerline based smart village in Cairo, Egypt.. The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) chose PLC International Inc. integrating Corinex equipment after two RFP processes and extensive technology evaluation.

Phase one of the project comprises three buildings interconnected over the medium voltage power lines. Selected users will receive Voice over Internet protocol (VoIP), video and Internet services.

"We’re looking to build a Smart Village, and the technology requirements outlined in the RFP were very strict and demanding," said Eng Samy, MCIT’s Under-Secretary. "We were surprised that three of the four companies bidding quoted Corinex BPL equipment and each finished in the top three, with Current Technologies finishing fourth. In the end we chose PLC International as the best integrator of Corinex for this project."

"PLC International and AEDCO (PLC representative in Egypt) are proud to have been selected by MCIT," said Carlos Huerta, PLC International’s CEO. "PLC International has years of experience in the high voltage powerline carrier industry and we chose to team up with Corinex Communications to ensure that we have a complete solution for MV and LV powerlines.”

Amr Sorour, AEDCO’s CEO, said: "We see a great potential, not just for the triple play, but for automatic meter reading (AMR), MV automation, reclosers control, etc. with the Ministry of Energy, which is an active part of this RFQ lead by Eng Nabawi."