Embedded Sub-System Modules Support Backhaul, Endpoint and BAN Energy AMI/AMR Systems

Sept. 13, 2007
PCN Technology, Inc. has announced the coming availability of its 2008 Energy AMI Grid MicroCircuits Products.

PCN Technology, Inc. has announced the coming availability of its 2008 Energy AMI Grid MicroCircuits products.

PCN’s AMI product platform consists of its advanced Grid MicroCircuits (embedded sub-system modules) and GridSweep network management software for Electric Utility Automated Metering Infrastructure (AMI) markets. PCN is working closely with leading companies in the electric utility markets for 2008 product roll out.

PCN Grid MicroCircuits allow high speed, high quality of service, two-way communication over powerlines. When combined with the GridSweep software, the platform enables complete switching, routing & network management of mission critical utility data for AMI backhaul, endpoint and building area network (BAN) applications. GridSweep works in conjunction with customer management tools ensuring seamless integration and operation.

PCN’s Grid MicroCircuits are based on iPLC powerline communication technology, which can consistently communicate high QoS data at 250 Kbps or higher over multiple miles and burst at 20 Mbps through existing infrastructure without any special hardware. Grid MicroCircuits can be integrated “under the glass” into meters, can be connected within existing utility infrastructure, field devices, can serve as gateways in an AMI system, or connect in-building/in-home appliances and other smart devices to AMI systems.

Grid MicroCircuits operate at high, medium or low line voltage levels within generation, transmission and distribution applications. The self-powered module options allow networks to remain operational even when power on the grid goes down. Systems using PCN products continue to communicate data even during faults and power shutdowns. These, together with the fact that the PCN product platform can be used to create meshed network solutions serve as true enablers of smart grid systems of the future. PCN’s AMI products are based on open standards and compatible with a wide range of data protocols.

PCN’s key “in-building” AMI technology functions manifests the home, commercial, & industrial (C&I) energy environments & systems into user friendly devices that interface with the end point and backhaul solutions measuring load control, monitoring usage, indicate and provide controls for peak power pricing, support sub-metering, allowing remote disconnection and deter theft among other applications.

PCN Grid MicroCircuits gracefully integrate and bridge customers to the next generation of energy management through powerline, Ethernet, zigbee or other architectures. It easily integrates with current, future, and legacy AMI technologies including: Wireless (GPRS or CDMA), Distribution line carriers (DLC), Mesh Radio and Power Line Carriers (PLC). PCN not only meets the technological challenges with its components but also becomes a sound business case selection.

PCN products allow open standard communication and networking already being deployed in utility applications. The subsystem products and features allow for cost effective deployment without risk of stranded technology. PCN products converge traditional separate networks into simple communication environments ensuring adoption and ongoing scalability as needed. With complete security and network manageability, PCN works closely with its OEM customers to ensure AMI success.

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