IEEE draft BPL smart grid standard now available


Las Vegas, NV, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — January 8, 2010 – Draft 2.0 of the IEEE P1901 standard for power line communications, ideally suited for the smart grid, is now available for purchase, following substantial progress in its ongoing development, the organization has announced.

During its recent meeting in Tel Aviv, Israel in December, the IEEE P1901 Work Group successfully completed a variety of key project objectives, including achieving resolution of the more than 3,000 comments made on Draft 1.0 and broadening of collaborative and liaison activities with other interested, complementary organizations. With the significant gains in consensus approval on comment resolution, the WG voted to publish Draft 2.0 for the public.
IEEE P1901 covers both Medium Access Control and Physical Layer and is targeted to all major applications for power line communication devices, including in-home networks for data, audio and video distribution, smart energy and the smart grid, and plug-in electrical vehicles.

“Through the rigorous, dedicated efforts of the IEEE P1901 WG, we have achieved considerable progress in the development of a unified BPL standard designed to greatly benefit all constituencies,” said Jean-Philippe Faure, IEEE P1901 WG chair. “The positive results and solid consensus generated thus far strongly indicates a clear need for a single, comprehensive standard. We are fortunate to have this singular opportunity to play a central role in the creation of openly defined BPL technology architecture.”
The IEEE P1901 draft standard was developed using HomePlug AV as the baseline technology. The new HomePlug “Green PHY” (GP) specification, due to be finalized during this first quarter of 2010, is under development as a profile of IEEE P1901 to provide a low power, cost optimized smart energy/smart grid standard.

With momentum growing towards implementation of smart grid technologies on a worldwide basis, BPL is expected to emerge as a critical driver in their deployment. IEEE P1901 will ensure interoperability among both BPL devices and other network protocols, acting as a conduit for seamless interaction between smart grid applications and systems.

IEEE P1901 is expected to become an approved standard before the end of 2010.