[opendtv] IEEE 1901(tm) Broadband Power Line Standard for 500 Mbps Communications Approved

"It will complement wireless networks in hotels and other multistory buildings 
by carrying multimedia data over the longer distances and allowing wireless to 
complete the communication link over the last few meters."

Strange comment. If the appliance is connected via AC plug, why would you need 
that extra wireless step at all? Or maybe, they are trying to appear 
non-threatening to their 802.11 cousins in the IEEE?

Bert

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http://standards.ieee.org/announcements/2010/1901.html

IEEE 1901(tm) Broadband Power Line Standard for 500 Mbps Communications Approved

New standard is enabling technology for Smart Grid, transportation and LAN 
applications

Contact:
Shuang Yu, IEEE-SA Marketing Manager
+1 732-981-3424, shuang.yu@xxxxxxxx

PISCATAWAY, N.J., USA, 18 October 2010 -- IEEE, the world's leading 
professional association for the advancement of technology, today announced the 
ratification of the IEEE 1901(tm) Broadband over Power Line (BPL) standard. 
Sponsored by the IEEE Communications Society, this globally recognized BPL 
standard will be a key enabling technology for 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 m. 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.

"More than 94 corporations, trade associations and universities contributed to 
the standard's evolution through the IEEE 1901 Working Group," said 
Jean-Philippe Faure, Chair, IEEE 1901 Working Group, "to create the world's 
most innovative, mature and unified BPL standard."

Although IEEE 1901 has been widely recognized as the standard that will enable 
universal communications in Smart Grid applications, it will also have 
significant impact in other applications.

In the transportation sector, for example, the standard's data rates and range 
make it possible to deliver A/V entertainment to the seats of airplanes, trains 
and other mass transit vehicles. Electric vehicles can download a new 
entertainment playlist to the A/V system while the car in charging overnight.

In the home, PLC will complement wireless LANs by providing a link through 
walls and other RF impediments as well as over distances beyond the normal 
range of wireless networks. It will complement wireless networks in hotels and 
other multistory buildings by carrying multimedia data over the longer 
distances and allowing wireless to complete the communication link over the 
last few meters.

IEEE 1901 will also benefit utilities, service providers, and consumer 
electronics companies - anyone with a stake in smart grid technologies - as 
well as smart-meter providers and home appliance manufacturers.

"The IEEE 1901 standard will have a significant impact on communications 
technology in the home, the enterprise and on the factory floor, because it 
brings power-line networking into parity with wireless networks in terms of 
speed, and offers the considerable advantage of penetrating walls and other 
structures that obstruct RF radiation, said Judy Gorman, Managing Director, 
IEEE Standards Association. "Hybrid wireless/power-line networks successfully 
address all the remaining problems of wireless LANs and - unlike wired LANs - 
do not require a dedicated wired infrastructure."

For more information see; IEEE Communications Society or IEEE Smart Grid.

About the IEEE Standards Association
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-SA has a portfolio of over 900 active 
standards and more than 600 standards under development. For additional 
information see the IEEE-SA.

About IEEE
IEEE is the world's largest technical professional association. Through its 
more than 375,000 members in 160 countries, IEEE is a leading authority on a 
wide variety of areas ranging from aerospace systems, computers and 
telecommunications to biomedical engineering, electric power and consumer 
electronics. Dedicated to the advancement of technology, IEEE publishes 30 
percent of the world's literature in the electrical and electronics engineering 
and computer science fields, and has developed over 900 active industry 
standards. The organization annually sponsors more than 850 conferences 
worldwide. For additional information see IEEE.
 
 
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