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Interop/Certification Event Planned For BPL Access, In-Building Powerline

The Universal Powerline Association has scheduled the UPA Powerline Interop 2008 Certification, the first global interoperability and certification program event for BPL Access and In-Building Powerline networking. The program will launch with a two-day Official UPA Plugtest and Certification event June 25-26. It fully supports the commercial deployment of the UPA’s 200-Mbit/s Powerline communication technology, which is currently deployed worldwide.

The association is inviting product developers to register their UPA-based products for participation in the Plugtest by June 18 with the UPA Secretariat’s office. The certification event will take place at the test laboratories of the Polytechnic University, Valencia, Spain, and the certification process will be overseen by experts from the Polytechnic Innovation Centre and the international test house, ITACA. The UPA will publish a list of its certified products on the UPA website to assist utilities, operators, system integrators, and others in their vendor selection.

“The BPL Access and In-Building BPL markets are experiencing unprecedented growth, and as such, the industry requires comprehensive compliance and interoperability programs to ensure interoperability between Powerline products from different vendors and compatibility with existing Powerline products,” said UPA chairman Brian Donnelly.

“With over 4.5 million UPA chipsets sold and in use globally and given the UPA’s undisputed technology leadership in the BPL Access and In-Building markets, the UPA has again taken the lead in offering the first Powerline certification program for these markets. Utilities, operators, system integrators and others now have a guarantee for the success of their large scale deployments due to the UPA’s rigorous testing process to verify performance, coverage, coexistence, and interoperability of UPA products.”

Universal Powerline Association

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