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Chapter 2: Powerline Communication for M... > 2.4 The Ideal PLC System for M2M

2.4 The Ideal PLC System for M2M

PLC combined with recent IPv6 developments could lead to a new standard for wired communication in homes. Recently, in the context of European Mandate 441 for metering applications and home automation, ETSI PLT has defined the requirements of this new standard.

What are the main requirements of this new PLC M2M standard?

  • Openness and availability;
  • Range;
  • Energy consumption;
  • Data rate;
  • Robustness;
  • EMC regulatory compliance;
  • Coexistence with other PLC technologies;
  • Security;
  • Latency;
  • Interoperability with M2M wireless services.

2.4.1 Openness and Availability

Open standards, compared to proprietary developments, are accelerating factors for the dissemination and the success of any mass-market technology. Standard openness encourages interoperability, stimulates multisourcing and low-cost policies. The use of available standards, when adaptation to in-home PLC automation is possible, is a tremendous factor of stability and interoperability between existing mature technologies and new emerging ones.


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