First powerline embedded module for Industrial IoT

First powerline embedded module for Industrial IoT

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By Nick Flaherty

The HomeGrid Forum has certified its first system on module (SOM) for Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) applications communicating over powerlines.

The certification of the GHN.SOM.PLC module from Teleconnect in Dresden uses MIMO (multiple in, multiple out) powerline communications for data rates up to 1.8Gbit/s.

The SOM module has three versions for powerline, coax and phone lines, coupling without insulation on-module. The module is certified to work with various and devices, guaranteed coexistence (G.9972) as well as Ethernet via SGMII, RGMII and MII interfaces with direct solder-on or versatile 2.0 mm pin-header interfaces.

 “This certification marks an exciting new milestone for IIoT use cases, including autonomous mobile robots, smart sensors, AR/VR, smart lifting, smart parking systems control, smart buildings entry-door access control, safety control and factory automation,” said Livia Rosu, HomeGrid Forum President. works on existing wiring to provide low latency connectivity that is suitable for handling two-way, high bandwidth and real-time traffic, including environmental sensors and video surveillance. HomeGrid Forum has recently formed a new Task Force, co-chaired by Alexandre Schäfer, Head of Sales, and Philipp Rietzsch, Head of R&D, at Teleconnect, to drive innovation and deployments for IIoT applications.

“ has significantly boosted industrial networks with adaptive data rates of up to 1.8 Gbps over different media, from powerline to telephone wiring and coax cables. It has also proven to be the most reliable backbone for visible light communications, such as LiFi,” said Said Schäfer. “Now, the certification of GHN.SOM.PLC means that the industry can be confident in the module’s interoperability to other chipsets and devices.”

“ technology modules are now embedded into smart manufacturing infrastructure networks to provide the resilience needed by highly performant industrial plants,” said Rosu. “Machine-to-machine communication and process automation require more than ever stable, robust and fast connectivity to operate and work efficiently, with no downtime. The uptake in productivity, efficiency and safety need to strongly rely on agile control, self-healing capabilities and real time synchronization of industrial devices, placing as core to manufacturers’ digital transformation.”

HomeGrid Forum testing ensures that commercially available solutions comply with ITU-T standards and the interoperability and performance requirements set out in the HomeGrid Forum Certification Test Plans.

 “The certification is a significant milestone as there is now a verified solution for industrial environments that offers best in-class connectivity and robustness,” said Rietzsch. “With the newly formed Industrial IoT Task Force, this certification is just the start of new solutions portfolio that open exciting opportunities for industrial settings. Our mission is to help create a sustainable competitive advantage with most machines connected to improve efficiency and reduce cost.”


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