Collaboration on compact ultra low power PLC/wireless gateway for home automation


Eric Berthaud,
Watteco SAS
Paris, France — (METERING.COM) — February 19, 2010 – Ultra power line communication (PLC) system on chip (SoC) manufacturer Watteco and OEM wireless solution provider Coronis have entered into a collaboration to design a compact, low cost gateway for home automation.

The resulting gateway, which merges Watteco’s Watt Pulse Communications (WPC®) and Wavenis® wireless technologies, will comply with the standard DIN-rail format and can be plugged into the electrical control panels of European homes.

This dual mode “green-tech” platform provides new services capabilities at an extremely aggressive price point for an industrial solution. The combination of PLC and wireless technologies in an ultra compact module, as part of a robust and cost effective gateway, opens a new world for easy installation, flexibility and scalable networking of sensors and actuators.

Watteco and Coronis have designed their solution to support the shared vision of converged Internet Protocol (IP) addressing that will drive the mass market adoption in IP-compatible smart grid gateways, sensors and actuators with ultra low power performance.

Coronis will provide its next generation Wavenis-enabled communication platform based on its new SOC design and will offer its industrial field-proven experience based on its more than 4,000,000+ Wavenis-enabled devices that have been deployed worldwide. The gateways’ companion WPCTM technology uses a PLC micro-modem. Unlike other traditional PLC systems which inject energy in the form of carriers, WPC technology uses the resonance frequencies of the grid to communicate.

“Thanks to the professional collaboration between our organizations, Coronis is proud to help Watteco successfully deliver the first consumer-oriented PLC/Wavenis gateway that is able to serve the needs of markets such as home and building automation, smart metering and smart grids, alarm and security, industrial automation and more,” commented Laurent Maleysson, managing director of Coronis.

“The co-existence of wireless and wireline solutions for the various control and command smart energy markets, such as home control, is becoming a de facto market requirement,” said Eric Berthaud, president of Watteco SAS. “This alliance with Coronis is going to enhance smart grid development by providing a new way of communication and we look forward to jointly provide this innovative solution to our customers.”

Watteco and Coronis are also partnering with BPL Global to strengthen its Power SG® smart grid solutions.