G3-PLC Alliance Announces First Certified Platforms

November 5th , 2014, Amsterdam, Netherlands – Marc Boillot, Chairman of the G3-PLC Alliance: “After opening certification September 1st this year, we are proud to announce the first nine platforms have been certified for ARIB (Japan Route B) and for Cenelec A. I want to congratulate Renesas, STMicroelectronics and Texas Instruments with this milestone and thank our test laboratories for their support! Next to that, the first product has also successfully finalized all certification testing and will be awarded the G3-PLC certificate soon. Chipsets and products from other vendors will follow soon for ARIB, Cenelec A as well as for FCC.“

The certification process is available for all current and future members of the G3-PLC Alliance. Certification covers chipsets and a wide range of G3-PLC products including Meters, Data Concentrators and Home Energy Management Systems manufactured by the members of the G3-PLC Alliance.

The G3-PLC Certification Program covers conformance, performance and interoperability testing. Products that have been awarded with the G3-PLC Certificate are conforming to the G3-PLC specifications, fulfilling defined performance requirements and are interoperable with other G3-PLC certified devices. The certification process opened September 1st and covers Cenelec A, ARIB (Japan Route B) as well as FCC bandplan.

The G3-PLC Alliance has appointed two member companies to run the certifications tests, LAN and TÜV Rheinland:

  • LAN is a French based company located in Tauxigny, France. LAN will perform the certification tests in their facilities located in Europe (Tauxigny, France).
  • TÜV Rheinland is a German company with worldwide offices. TÜV Rheinland will perform the certification tests in their facilities in Asia (Yokohama, Japan).

About G3-PLC
G3-PLC is a protocol for Narrow Band Low frequency Power Line communications. G3-PLC facilitates high-speed, highly-reliable, long-range communication over the existing powerline grid. With the ability to cross transformers, infrastructure costs are reduced and with its support of IPv6, G3-PLC will support powerline communications into the future.

About the G3-PLC Alliance
The G3-PLC Alliance organization was formed in order to support, promote and implement G3-PLC in smart grid applications. Its members come from the key stakeholders in the smart grid ecosystem, including utility companies, equipment and semiconductor manufacturers, system integrators, IT vendors and automotive companies.

For more information visit our website: www.G3-PLC.com

About LAN
The Laboratoire des Applications Numériques, located in France – Tours, Loire Valley – is a unique private facility that operates as a third-party testing laboratory. It encompasses specialized resources and capabilities on the cutting edge of technology to perform a wide range of test services which revolve around compliance, interoperability, and coexistence of communication devices. Specifically, LAN’s team includes passionate PhDs, engineers, and technicians who focus on advanced technologies for communication networks, especially DSL, G-PON, and PLC. Since its creation in 2001, LAN’s purpose remains to facilitate the development of markets in three main fields, Access networks, Home area networks, and Smart grids. LAN has been selected and is accredited by major international organizations and alliances to develop and to maintain test and certification programs which help the industry for the growth of high quality mass markets based on standardized technologies.

For more information, visit LAN on the Internet: www.lanpark.eu

About TÜV Rheinland
TÜV Rheinland is a global leader in independent inspection services, founded more than 140 years ago. The group maintains a presence in 65 countries with 18,000 employees; annual turnover is more than EUR 1.6 billion. The independent experts stand for quality, efficiency and safety for people, technology and the environment in nearly all aspects of life. TÜV Rheinland inspects technical equipment, products and services, oversees projects and helps to shape processes for companies. Its experts train people in a wide range of careers and industries. To this end, TÜV Rheinland employs a global network of approved labs, testing and education centres. Since 2006, TÜV Rheinland has been a member of the United Nations Global Compact to promote sustainability and combat corruption.

For more information, visit TÜV Rheinland on the internet: www.tuv.com