netaccess and Power Plus Communications (PPC) partnered specifically to collaborate on projects
within the military sector, utilizing the specific skills and experience of both companies to offer the
benefits of PPC’s IP-based BPL technology and the IP-based security systems and international sales
channel of netaccess.

 

Ethernet over power cable infrastructure

PPC Ethernet IP over existing
power cable infrastructure provides
a significantly reduced-cost
IP network for use as part of:
• Security
• Building management
• Metering systems

netaccess and Power Plus Communications (PPC) partnered specifically to collaborate on projects
within the military sector, utilizing the specific skills and experience of both companies to offer the
benefits of PPC’s IP-based BPL technology and the IP-based security systems and international sales
channel of netaccess.

About PPC

PPC is internationally acknowledged as the market leader for
broadband powerline communication (BPL) systems and the
integration of BPL-based solutions. Since its foundation in 2001,
PPC has successfully installed BPL networks covering more than
300,000 households. In Mannheim (Germany), PPC operates one of
the world’s largest BPL rollouts with its subsidiary Vype GmbH.

Case Studies

 

What is BPL

Broadband Powerline Communication (BPL) technology uses the
existing and most widely distributed infrastructure for broadband
data transmission: the existing power grid. BPL systems provide
significantly higher data rates than old-fashioned narrowband PLC
systems. The usage of the Internet protocol (IP), together with the
high speed of data transfer and the open interfaces of BPL systems,
increases the sustainable worth of existing power networks and
enables a wide variety of applications. With BPL technology, every
power cable becomes a flexible communication interface for:

• Video surveillance
• Any remote monitoring and switching device
(e.g. entrance control)
• Smart metering
• Internet access or telephone (voice) services

BPL - System

PPC’s BPL system is the latest generation of the development of
Access Broadband over Powerline technology (BPL). Based on the
200 Mbps standard, the BPL technology turns existing electricity
grids into an Internet protocol-based communication platform.
It enables broadband data transmission with 200 Mbps gross
data rate on low (110/230/400V) and medium voltage (1-24kV)
electricity networks. The BPL system is adapted to the operational
standards of electricity grids and does not affect the controlled
operation of any power grid. Dynamic routing between the
different units ensures continuous optimal connection quality,
even during switching processes in the distribution network.

Based on PPC’s long-term experience with BPL technology,
power and telecommunication networks, the new BPL system
enables a fast and easy setup of extended BPL networks. And, for
optimal network operation, the network management system
provides permanent control and central configuration of all BPL
system components.

 

• BPL allows broadband data and video signals to be transmitted
over low and medium voltage networks
• This facilitates the easy indoor or outdoor monitoring of public
places, traffic or remote locations and technical installations with
secure remote access via the Internet, at low cost and without
extra wiring
• Cost of the installation is kept low since it uses the existing
infrastructure, eliminating the cost of trenching and cabling
• BPL opens up new dimensions of security in the public, business
and private sectors without the need for major investment or
any additional wiring
With BPL technology, every power cable becomes a flexible
communication interface for:
• Access Control Systems • Video surveillance
• IDS Alarm Systems • ANPR Vehicle Tracking
• Smart metering • IP Intercom
• Internet access or telephone (voice) services

Proven Technology

The BPL systems have been in use over a large number of sites
for many years - BPL technology is rugged, reliable and secure.
Incorporating BPL with the NA1 security range of products has
allowed users to significantly reduce the capital outlay on system
installations whilst at the same time provide improved functionality
and performance.

Cost Benefit

The cost benefits of only having to install local network cabling
to a PPC point compared to installing a separate dedicated fiber
or coax infrastructure across a large military installation can be
huge. In addition, the time from design to deployment is often
significantly reduced as a large part of the infrastructure is already
installed. Utilizing PPC technology on security and metering
installations provides large cost and time benefits as the existing
power network normally runs close to the required Security System,
CCTV, or alarm point.

Operation in Event of Power Failure

BPL technology even continues to operate in the event of a loss of
power (provided the modems are UPS/battery backup connected).

Network Management Utility

The BPL NMS module active controller allows system administrators
and managers to control and configure the BPL network, together
with the reports generator.