G3-PLC Recommended as One of the Communication Standards for a Japanese Smart Meter to a HEMS
SUNNYVALE, CA—April 25, 2012—Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (NASDAQ:MXIM) announced that its G3-PLC protocol has been recommended by the Smart House Standardization Study Group, sponsored by Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI), as one of the communications platforms that Japanese electrical utilities should use for communication between a smart meter and a home energy management system (HEMS) in home area networks (HANs).
In partnership with Electricité Réseau Distribution France (ERDF) and Sagemcom, Maxim developed the G3-PLC specification to promote open-endedness and interoperability among smart grid implementations. G3-PLC supports the IPv6 Internet protocol to allow new Internet-based energy-management systems. The specification also supports two-way communication for demand response and other smart grid applications. G3-PLC was recently established as an ITU communications standard and used as the basis for the IEEE® 1901.2 PLC standard. The protocol is already approved for use in neighborhood area network (NAN) and HAN applications in various countries, including the U.S., France, Spain, Taiwan, and the Netherlands.