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Possibilities of Broadband Power Line Communications for Smart Home and Smart Building Applications

Department of Telecommunications, Brno University of Technology, Technicka 12, 61600 Brno, Czech Republic
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Sensors 2021, 21(1), 240; https://doi.org/10.3390/s21010240
Received: 1 December 2020 / Revised: 19 December 2020 / Accepted: 23 December 2020 / Published: 1 January 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Internet of Things for Smart Homes and Industrial Application)
Broadband Power Line communication is considered as one of possible communication technologies for the buildings communication infrastructure in the concept of Smart Building. The possible applications where BPL (Broadband over Power Lines) solution can be used for communication in the concept of Smart Building are Power Quality (PQ) measurement, Electric Vehicle or Micro Grids and Distribution Generation (DG). This article should help to determine clear performance possibilities of BPL for an implementation in Smart Building especially due to a large amount of overhead caused by cybersecurity and the protocol overhead. The possibilities of BPL were measured with five different BPL solutions. The results show a sufficient throughput on the application layer for Smart Building application, because, in the literature, various throughput limits are introduced. According to related work, there are missing measurements on the application layer for laboratory conditions as well as compared with real field measurements. In this article, we also exploit our novel idea of a broadband PLC (Power Line Communication) modem integrated into an electrical outlet. View Full-Text
Keywords: broadband over power line; power line communication; laboratory measurement; field measurement; performance comparison broadband over power line; power line communication; laboratory measurement; field measurement; performance comparison
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Mlýnek, P.; Rusz, M.; Benešl, L.; Sláčik, J.; Musil, P. Possibilities of Broadband Power Line Communications for Smart Home and Smart Building Applications. Sensors 2021, 21, 240. https://doi.org/10.3390/s21010240

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Mlýnek P, Rusz M, Benešl L, Sláčik J, Musil P. Possibilities of Broadband Power Line Communications for Smart Home and Smart Building Applications. Sensors. 2021; 21(1):240. https://doi.org/10.3390/s21010240

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Mlýnek, Petr; Rusz, Martin; Benešl, Lukáš; Sláčik, Ján; Musil, Petr. 2021. "Possibilities of Broadband Power Line Communications for Smart Home and Smart Building Applications" Sensors 21, no. 1: 240. https://doi.org/10.3390/s21010240

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