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IEEE Marks Milestones in Advancement Of P1901 Draft Standard for BPL

IEEE has announced that Draft 2.0 of its IEEE P1901 standard, ideally suited for smart grid, is now available for purchase, following substantial progress in its ongoing development.

During its recent meeting in Tel Aviv, Israel, the IEEE P1901 Work Group successfully completed a variety of key project objectives, including achieving resolution of comments made to 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 will introduce a new standard for high-speed communications via electric power lines. Referred to as “Broadband over Power Line” (BPL), the standard is targeted for deployment in a range of applications and industries including Smart Grid, utilities, broadband and Internet service providers, consumer electronics manufacturing, transportation, and telecommunications. IEEE P1901 was developed around particular requirements created collaboratively by a diverse array of potential users, making it the only power line technology driven by end-user specifications.

With momentum growing toward 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. The new standard is expected to benefit Smart Grid-related enterprises, such as smart meter providers and home appliance manufacturers

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