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Open PLC European research alliance for new generation PLC integrated network

Objective

Power Line Communication (PLC) is a broadband telecommunication technology able to use the electricity networks for data transmission purposes, allowing any user connected to the power grid to benefit from a great number of services easily and avoiding expensive and pollutant new wiring. The strategic objective of this proposal is to offer low-cost broadband access service to ALL European citizens using the most ubiquitous infrastructure, Power Lines. Overcoming all barriers that prevent today PLC from being a mass commercial technology that competes effectively with existing technologies through the development of a new PLC generation integrated with existing backbone technologies and EMC full compliant.

All efforts will be focused on obtaining: an improved performance in transmission speed, a ready- to-sell and low-cost products, a complete system specification, an unique international regulation, full inter-operability with existing back haul and in-home technologies and a higher market share.

OPERA will contribute to develop the European Information Society in concordance with the proposed objectives in the plan eEurope 2005 by:
- Increase of competition in access network: PLC networks can be quickly and easily deployed without large investments due to the re-utilisation of electricity networks. PLC is an alternative, competitive, ubiquitous solution for access and in-house distribution that will contribute to have a real alternative "last-mile" access network.
- Fostering Mass Services availability: PLC features such as transparent integration with different technologies and complete end-user coverage will contribute to the deployment of value-added-services over broadband such as: smart home, video streaming, e-health, telephony, tele-surveillance etc.
- European Industry Leadership: PLC technology know-how is currently placed in Europe.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electrical engineering/power engineering/electric power transmission
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electrical engineering/power engineering/electric power distribution
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electronic engineering/automation and control systems/home automation

Funding Scheme

IP - Integrated Project

Coordinator

IBERDROLA INGENIERIA Y CONSULTORIA, S.A.
Address
Calle Alameda De Urquijo 00004 3¿F
48008 Bilbao
Spain

Participants (35)

ADVANCED DIGITAL DESIGN S.A.
Spain
Address
Ceei Aragon, Maria De Luna 11
Zaragoza
ARISTOTLE UNIVERSITY OF THESSALONIKI
Greece
Address
University Campus, Administraton Building
54124 Thessaloniki
ASCOM SYSTEC AG
Switzerland
Address
Gewerbepark
5506 Maegenwil
AUNA OPERADORES DE TELECOMUNICACIONES, S.A.
Spain
Address
Avenida Diagonal 579-585
08014 Barcelona
DISENO DE SISTEMAS EN SILICIO S.A.
Spain
Address
Pz Fadrell 2
12002 Castello
DISTRIBUIDORA INDUSTRIAL DE AUTOMATISMOS Y TELETRANSMISION SA
Spain
Address
Calle Vizcaya 383
08027 Barcelona
ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE
Switzerland
Address
Ecublens
1015 Lausanne
EICHHOFF GMBH
Germany
Address
Heidgraben 4
36110 Schlitz
ELECTRICITE DE FRANCE SERVICE NATIONAL
France
Address
22 Avenue De Wagram
75008 Paris 08
ENDESA NET FACTORY S.L.
Spain
Address
Ribera Del Loira 60
28042 Madrid
ENDITEL INGENIERIA SL
Spain
Address
Edificio World Trade Center - Calle Isla De La Cartuja S/n
41092 Sevilla
EUTELIS CONSULT ITALIA AND ASSOCIATES - S.R.L.
Italy
Address
Via G. Fattori 42
00125 Roma
FUNDACION ROBOTIKER
Spain
Address
Parque Tecnologico Edf 202
48170 Zamudio
IBERDROLA SA
Spain
Address
Calle Cardenal Gardoqui 8
48008 Bilbao
INESC - INOVACAO - INSTITUTO DE NOVAS TECNOLOGIAS
Portugal
Address
Rua De Alves Redol 9
1000-029 Lisboa
LINZ STROM GMBH FUER ENERGIEERZEUGUNG, -VERTEILUNG UND TELEKOMMUNIKATION
Austria
Address
Fichtenstrasse 7
4021 Linz
MAIN.NET COMMUNICATIONS LTD.
Israel
Address
14 Hataas St.
44425 Kfar Saba
MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY CENTER EUROPE B.V.
France
Address
1 Allee De Beaulieu Cs 10806
35700 Rennes
MVV ENERGIE AG
Germany
Address
Luisenring 49
Mannheim
ONITELECOM - INFOCOMUNICACOES, S.A.
Portugal
Address
Av. Jose Malhoa Lote A-13
Campolide - Lisboa
PATTERN COMMUNICATIONS SA
Poland
Address
Ul Powazkowska 15
01 797 Warszawa
PLCFORUM ASSOCIATION
Belgium
Address
Boulevard Louis Schmidt 119/2
1040 Bruxelles
POWER PLUS COMMUNICATIONS AG
Germany
Address
Luisenring 49
68159 Mannheim
S ELECTRIC POWERLINE COMMUNICATIONS AB
Sweden
Address
Alvgatan 3
651 21 Karlstad
SPIDCOM TECHNOLOGIES
France
Address
137 Avenue Du General Leclerc
92340 Bourg La Reine
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET DRESDEN
Germany
Address
Mommsenstrasse 13
01062 Dresden
TELVENT ENERGIA Y MEDIO AMBIENTE SA
Spain
Address
Calle Valgrande 6, Alcobendas
28108 Madrid
THE OPEN UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
Address
Walton Hall
MK7 6AA Milton Keynes
UNION FENOSA S.A.
Spain
Address
Avenida San Luis, 77
28033 Madrid
UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID
Spain
Address
Avenida Ramiro De Maeztu 7
28040 Madrid
UNIVERSIDAD PONTIFICA COMILLAS
Spain
Address
Avenida Universidad Comillas, 3
28049 Madrid
UNIVERSITAET DUISBURG-ESSEN - STANDORT DUISBURG
Germany
Address
Lotharstrasse 65
47057 Duisburg
UNIVERSITAET KARLSRUHE (TH)
Germany
Address
Kaiserstrasse 12
76131 Karlsruhe
WIND TELECOMUNICAZIONI S.P.A.
Italy
Address
Via Viola Cesare Giulio 48
Roma
YITRAN COMMUNICATIONS LTD
Israel
Address
Yehoshua Hatzoref 9
84106 Beer Sheva