Home Powerline Gets More Muscle
Of course, PLC has a rather long home history, thanks in large part to X10, which was invented in the late 1970s by British-based PICO Electronics, whose engineers relocated to the United States to concentrate on remote control of record players using existing powerlines. After nine unsuccessful experiments, the story goes, the tenth one was the charm. X10 USA and a new way to view home automation was born.
A stamp of approval by IEEE, the world’s largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation, can make a big difference.
"The broad market acceptance of networking technologies such as Ethernet, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth is in great part due to the IEEE worldwide standards that help define product interoperability and performance thresholds for them," says Rob Ranck, president of the HomePlug Powerline Alliance. "Having this IEEE powerline networking standard provides a stable foundation that will help the industry to accelerate mainstream adoption for broadband networking.”