Access, In-Building Powerline Products Achieves UPA Certification

The Universal Powerline Association (UPA), a leading industry consortium providing a forum for the development of interoperable and open specifications for Powerline communications, announces that ten (10) Access and In-Building Powerline Products from six different companies have qualified for UPA certification under the “UPA Powerline Interop 2008 Certification Program.”

The certification program supports commercial deployment of BPL Access and In-Building Powerline products using UPA 200Mbps powerline communication technology. The announcement follows the first global interoperability and certification program event held this summer.

The rigorous test and compliance program provides utilities, operators, and system integrators with a choice of certified, interoperable products, which are compatible with existing UPA products.

“The test program considered a series of parameters that Powerline products must measure up to in order to qualify for certification. These include performance, coverage, notching capabilities, and interoperability between products, remote management capabilities as well as coexistence between home networking and BPL/access networks for Utility grid applications amongst others. We also included QoS for Video-on-Demand (VoD) and triple play distribution for In-Building scenarios such as hotels,” said Daniel Drolet, Chairman of the UPA.

The UPA Members’ products certified under the UPA Powerline Interop 2008 Certification program, listed in alphabetical order, are:

  • Corinex Communications Noise Resistant MV GatewayCorinex Communications MV/LV COAX Head End
  • Freedom Digital Networks PG 102 Data CPE Euro Plug
  • Freedom Digital Networks HE 1001 MV/LV Head End Modem
  • LS Cable Power line Ethernet Adapter
  • LS Cable Power line Head End

About the Universal Powerline Association
The Universal Powerline Association (UPA) is an International not-for-profit trade association working to promote global standards and regulations in the fast developing Powerline communications market. The UPA aims to catalyze the growth of Powerline technology by delivering UPA plug tested and certified products that comply with these specified standards and regulations. All products and applications designed around UPA guidelines will communicate, from simple coexistence to full interoperability. The UPA provides all Powerline players the opportunity to respond to key customer expectations with open standards, based on interoperability, security and coexistence and supported by exclusive and independent certifications, the only global guarantee of quality and confidence for high-speed power line technology available today. Members of the UPA include: AcBel Polytech Inc., Ambient Corporation, Analog Devices, Arteche, Belfuse Inc., Buffalo Inc., Comtrend, Corinex Communications Corp., Current Technologies International, D-Link, DS2, Freedom Digital Networks, China Gridcom Company Ltd, Ilevo (Schneider Electric Powerline Communications), Korea Electrotechnology Research Institute, Logitec Corporation, LS Cables, Netgear, PCN Technology, Pirelli Broadband, Power Monitors Inc., Toshiba Electronics Europe GmbH, Towada Well Design, Toyo Networks & System Integration Co.,Ltd and Watteco.