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E.On turns to IBM and Corinex for broadband over powerline

Steve Rogerson
January 31, 2018
Energy giant E.On is to use broadband over powerline (BPL) as the key communications technology for its smart metering infrastructure in the low voltage part of the grid. It will use technology from Corinex and IBM.
Vancouver-based Corinex will provide the technology for the initial two years of the deployment, covering several ten thousands of repeaters and head ends providing secure communications for a couple of hundred thousands of households. Corinex Grid Value network management is based on IBM’s Tivoli platform and will manage the network.
“After extensive field trials, we found that Corinex broadband over powerline technology meets our requirements for mass rollout of smart metering services,” said Elmar Peine, responsible for telecommunication infrastructure for E.On in Germany. “We are convinced BPL is ideally suited to address the needs of many other utilities, so E.On is interested in supporting BPL industry standardisation in order to create a broad ecosystem of silicon and system vendors.”
Corinex Communications develops, manufactures and implements technology for smart metering and smart grid infrastructure projects, with a focus on broadband over powerline communications. Its services are improving grid operational efficiency and security, and integrate renewable energy and EVs on the low voltage part of the grid.
“We are excited to be part of the E.On technology strategy, addressing the advanced German energy market, leading in penetration of renewables, toughest security requirements and sophisticated load management designed for each household,” said Peter Sobotka, CEO of Corinex. “Corinex, building on its leadership in BPL, is also committed to bringing for utilities.”
Frank Schwammberger, industry executive at IBM, added: “IBM is happy that its product IBM Tivoli Netcool was chosen to manage the BPL network. The scale of this project, combined with the fact that it will be operating over a high performance network makes it one of the leading projects in the industry and a great example of true broadband implementation of IoT and capabilities of IBM technology.”
California-based MaxLinear is providing some of the silicon components for the system. The company is a provider of RF, analogue and mixed-signal integrated circuits for the connected home, wired and wireless infrastructure, and industrial and multimarket applications.
“The energy industry is facing new challenges, driven by increased penetration of distributed energy generation and storage, massive adoption of electric vehicles, and a transition towards renewable energy sources,” said Chano Gómez, MaxLinear senior director of marketing for “These challenges create demand for broadband that leverage MaxLinear’s powerline communications chipsets to enable a new generation of real-time energy services.”