Mar 05, 2013

Press Release

Panasonic Starts Broadband Over Powerline Communication Technology Verification Service Based on US Smart Grid Standard

NIST of U.S. Government approved HD-PLC as a part of the Smart Grid Catalog of Standards. It also includes approval of BPL coexistence function called ISP (Inter Systems Protocol) proposed by Panasonic as mandatory specification.

Tokyo, Japan - Panasonic System Networks Co., Ltd. (PSN), a Panasonic group company, today announced that its HD-PLC1, a Broadband over Powerline Communication (BPL) Technology, has been approved by the NIST2 SGIP3 Catalog of Standards of the United States. The company also announced that it has opened its verification test environment for coexistence to the public.

There are several types of standards based on BPL technologies; however, the instability of communications due to the interference among the different BPL technologies was a serious concern. NIST recognized this as a major issue in the development of the smart grid and dedicated itself to resolving the issue. As the result of its efforts, NIST recently established the "NIST SGIP Catalog of Standards". These guidelines for BPL include the following three specifications which PSN took the lead in promoting their standardization; IEEE 19014, the global standard for BPL, ITU-T G.99725, the global standard for BPL coexistence function, and NIST IR 7862, the guideline of coexistence implementation which requires that the coexistence function be "always-on".

In order to verify the developed PLC products meet NIST SGIP requirements, Panasonic has made its BPL coexistence verification test environment open to the public, and has started the BPL coexistence testing service.

BPL verification test for NIST SGIP Guideline

Contents of verification service 1. Document: Summary of Coexistence Test and Procedure
2. Rental of test tools for verification tests
3. Testing and reporting of verification tests
Contact Information PLC Business Development Center, PSN
*This verification test is not an Official Certification Test for NIST SGIP.

In order to accelerate the widespread penetration of BPL into the global market, PSN has developed HD-PLC, and also licensed the technologies. With its BPL technology, PSN will continue to contribute to the realization of the smart grid which can manage power demand and visualize energy usage.


1. HD-PLC: The name of a high-speed power line communication system created by Panasonic Corporation. HD-PLC is a trademark or registered trademark in Japan and other countries.

2. NIST: Acronym for "National Institute of Standards and Technology". NIST is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce. NIST's mission is to promote US innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life.

3. SGIP: Acronym for "Smart Grid Interoperability Panel". NIST initiated the SGIP to support NIST in fulfilling its responsibility, under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (Title XIII, Section 1305), to coordinate standards development for the Smart Grid. As of April 2012, the SGIP is comprised of over 750 member organizations representing 22 stakeholder categories, including federal agencies as well as state and local regulators. More than 2,000 individuals are participating in SGIP activities. ( For the detail, please visit to

4. IEEE 1901: IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) is a non-profit, professional organization for the advancement of technology related to electricity and electronics. It is the organization responsible for standards such as Ethernet and wireless LAN.

5. ITU-T G.9972: "Coexistence mechanism for wireline home networking transceivers". Coexistence specifications for power line communications based on IEEE 1901 and ITU-T G.9960/G.9961 are standardized.

About Panasonic

Panasonic Corporation is a worldwide leader in the development and manufacture of electronic products in three business fields, consumer, components & devices, and solutions. Based in Osaka, Japan, the company recorded consolidated net sales of 7.85 trillion yen for the year ended March 31, 2012. Panasonic's stock is listed on the Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and New York (NYSE: PC) Stock Exchanges. The company has the vision of becoming the No. 1 Green Innovation Company in the Electronics Industry by the 100th year of its founding in 2018. For more information on Panasonic, its brand and commitment to sustainability, visit the company's website at

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