Benefits

Background

Fast, secure, reliable and cost effective communications are critical for the “Smart Grid,” an entire interconnected network of interactive smart devices. G3-PLC™ is a new advanced OFDM-based Powerline Communications (PLC) technology developed by Maxim to meet the requirements of Enedis (ex ErDF – Electricité Réseau Distribution France). It has now gained world-wide interest and is under consideration by the ITU, IEEE, IEC and ISO standards committees. The G3-PLC specification has been posted for all interested parties by Enedis and Maxim to promote interoperability and open-endedness among smart grid implementations.

Scope

The creation of a consortium of key stakeholders in the Smart Grid ecosystem — from electricity utilities, equipment manufacturers, system integrators, IT vendors, automotive, and semiconductor companies — is required to promote rapid availability, adaptation, implementation, and deployment of G3-PLC compliant devices. This will provide continuity among new Smart Grid applications including power grid management, remote meter management, in-home energy management and electric vehicle charging, as well as supporting interoperability among vendors.

Objectives

Initial objectives for the G3-PLC Alliance consortium are as follows:

  • Support G3-PLC in internationally recognized standards bodies to achieve the rapid adoption of the G3-PLC specification in industry applications worldwide.
  • Develop a framework for equipment testing to facilitate interoperability among G3-PLC adopters.
  • Educate the market and promote the value, benefits and applications of G3-PLC powerline networking products through public statements, publications, trade show demonstrations, seminar sponsorships and other programs established by the consortium.
  • Establish a forum and process where the consortium members may:

– Meet to discuss suggested revisions and enhancements to the specification.
– Make appropriate submissions to internationally recognized standards bodies with the purpose of ratifying the G3-PLC specification as an international standard.
– Meet with developers and providers of G3-PLC compliant products to indentify requirements for interoperability and general usability.

G3-PLC Alliance Member Benefits Executive Members Active Members Regular Members

Technical

     
Access to all the documents published inside the Alliance
Access to training seminars, interoperability testing events, etc.
Access at regular rate to the interoperability tests and tools to get a certification stamp from the Alliance
Ability to question the workshops and to enrich the agenda of the WS’s
Permanent access to the working groups as active participants with one right of vote  
Proposal of any technical or promotional contributions to the WS’s  
Access to pre-release documents  
Participate in testing and compliance workshops to elaborate the processes  
Participate in the Strategic Steering Committee with a right to vote, contribute to budgetary discussions and the annual programme of actions    
Ability to become Head of a Workshop    
Screen and decide the entry of new applicants    
       

Promotional

     
Company logo displayed on www.g3-plc.com and events where the Alliance is present
Access to members-only area of the G3-PLC Alliance website
Use of the G3-PLC Alliance name and/or logo for events
Ability to present the Alliance works at international events