Utilities are placing ever-higher demands on communications technology to operate their business. Digitalisation has become part of core strategy, and data-driven business models are becoming the norm. Daily, retrospective data readings are no longer adequate. Sophisticated communications are needed everywhere in the grid; at lowest cost for daily reads in smart metering, and at the highest performance for real-time network management and customer services.
In the last 10 years PPC has overcome these limitations. The 4th generation of our BPL system fulfils the need for stable, high performance communications for smart metering, with the low cost of powerline.
BPL now offers the best availability and accessibility to applications anywhere in the power network. It can be installed without the need to coordinate with third parties, transforming the grid infrastructure itself into an Ethernet communications platform.
Broadband data transmission from devices to utilities’ data centres, without intermediate storage in concentrators, enables two-way communications with customers and also allows end-to-end encryption using advanced security standards such as TLS. With the development of the German standard Smart Meter Gateway, PPC has become a leader in the field of smart meter data security and privacy.