Panasonic Starts Broadband over Powerline Communication Technology Verification Service Based on US Smart Grid Standard

  Panasonic Starts Broadband over Powerline Communication Technology
  Verification Service Based on US Smart Grid Standard

Business Wire

TOKYO -- March 4, 2013

Panasonic System Networks Co., Ltd. (PSN), a Panasonic group company, today
announced that its HD-PLC, a Broadband over Powerline Communication (BPL)
Technology, has been approved by the NIST SGIP Catalog of Standards of the
United States. The company also announced that it has opened its verification
test environment for coexistence to the public.

There are several types of standards based on BPL technologies; however, the
instability of communications due to the interference among the different BPL
technologies was a serious concern. NIST recognized this as a major issue in
the development of the smart grid and dedicated itself to resolving the issue.
As the result of its efforts, NIST recently established the "NIST SGIP Catalog
of Standards". These guidelines for BPL include the following three
specifications which PSN took the lead in promoting their standardization;
IEEE 1901, the global standard for BPL, ITU-T G.9972, the global standard for
BPL coexistence function, and NIST IR 7862, the guideline of coexistence
implementation which requires that the coexistence function be "always-on".

In order to verify the developed PLC products meet NIST SGIP requirements,
Panasonic has made its BPL coexistence verification test environment open to
the public, and has started the BPL coexistence testing service.

[BPL verification test for NIST SGIP Guideline]

Contents of verification service
- Document: Summary of Coexistence Test and Procedure
- Rental of test tools for verification tests
- Testing and reporting of verification tests
*This verification test is not an Official Certification Test for NIST SGIP.

Contact about this verification test
PLC Business Development Center, PSN

In order to accelerate the widespread penetration of BPL into the global
market, PSN has developed HD-PLC, and also licensed the technologies. With its
BPL technology, PSN will continue to contribute to the realization of the
smart grid which can manage power demand and visualize energy usage.

About Panasonic

Panasonic Corporation is a worldwide leader in the development and manufacture
of electronic products in three business fields, consumer, components &
devices, and solutions. Based in Osaka, Japan, the company recorded
consolidated net sales of 7.85 trillion yen for the year ended March 31, 2012.
Panasonic's stock is listed on the Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and New York (NYSE:PC)
Stock Exchanges. The company has the vision of becoming the No. 1 Green
Innovation Company in the Electronics Industry by the 100th year of its
founding in 2018. For more information on Panasonic, its brand and commitment
to sustainability, visit the company's website at


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