Spanish utility Endesa and Powerline Communications chip designer and developers DS2 have reached a long-term technology cooperation agreement through which both companies will jointly engage in technology initiatives to launch Intelligent Electricity Networks.
DS2 powered PLC technology is unique in allowing telecommunications transmission of video, voice and data over electricity transmission cables at speeds greater than 200 Mbps.
Under the terms of the agreement DS2 will dedicate a part of its R&D work to the development and adaptation of its chips for use in applications including AMR (Automatic Meter Reading), telecontrol, demand management, the prevention and diagnosis of errors and other applications. DS2 will also participate as a partner in the CENIT consortium on Intelligent Networks, led by Endesa and including more than 30 companies and universities developing various technologies related to the concept of the intelligent networks.
Endesa aims to transform the traditional electricity network to achieve maximum quality and efficiency in distribution, predict demand, anticipate instabilities and increase the flexibility of the electricity distribution operation by incorporating sensors, and real time communications and systems management. In this context, DS2’s PLC technology plays a key role by delivering high quality, high speed telecommunications over the existing electricity network.