HD-PLC IEEE 1901 and Its Coexistence Protocol Are Now a Part of NIST SGIP Smart Grid Catalog of Standards

  HD-PLC IEEE 1901 and Its Coexistence Protocol Are Now a Part of NIST SGIP
  Smart Grid Catalog of Standards

Business Wire

FUKUOKA, Japan -- March 5, 2013

HD-PLC Alliance announced that its Broadband Powerline Communication
Technology called HD-PLC IEEE 1901 was approved for inclusion in the NIST
Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) Catalog of Standards in the United

The U.S. National Institute of standards and Technology (NIST) initiated in
late 2009 the public/private partnership SGIP to coordinate the development of
standards for the Smart Grid.
Harmonization of power line communication standards was identified as SGIP
Priority Action Plan 15 (PAP15). As a result, SGIP approved the inclusion of
the IEEE 1901 Standard PHY and MAC specification for Broadband Powerline
Communication and the inclusion of NIST IR 7862, which recommends that all PLC
devices shall implement and activate the "coexistence protocol" defined in
IEEE 1901 and ITU-T G.9972. HD-PLC Alliance has already provided certification
service of this coexistence specification, known as Inter-System Protocol
(ISP), which is mandatory in the IEEE 1901 standard. The same coexistence
protocol was also approved as ITU-T G.9972 in June 2010. With the coexistence
requirement of NIST IR 7862, the PLC products used in energy management
systems and the consumer PLC products connected on the same powerline, will
not interfere with one another, and will provide secure communication.

"It is gratifying that our HD-PLC technology jointly developed and
standardized in the IEEE and spread over countries all around the world is now
approved as a U.S. Smart Grid Standard," said Kazuhiro Tsuga, the President of
Panasonic Corporation and HD-PLC Alliance adviser. "We will seek to take
advantage of 'HD-PLC' for the realization of innovative 'Eco & Smart

Additionally, "The HD-PLC Alliance was first in the industry to support the
EN50561-1 new European EMC Standard for PLC," said Jean Philippe Faure, CEO of
Progilon SA, and Standards Board member of the IEEE Standard Association. "As
a leader of the industry, in addition to HD-PLC product certification, we will
actively promote the coexistence protocol recommended by NIST SGIP and
compliance with international standards."

In order to develop the smart communication infrastructures of the future
world, we will promote and disseminate the concept of "Green Ubiquitous
solutions with PLC."


HD-PLC Alliance
Joseph Choghi (U.S)
Ryoji Kido (Asia), +81-92-477-1671
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