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Vol. 160, Issue 12, December 2013, pp. 292-297




The Study of a ZigBee and Power Line Communication Connectivity-enabled Home Area Network Solution for Smart Grid
Peng YAO, Gang LIU, Yan LIU, Ping XU

Xi'an Research Institute of Hi-Tech, Hongqing Town, 710025 Xi'an, P. R. China


Received: 3 October 2013   /Accepted: 22 November 2013   /Published: 30 December 2013

Digital Sensors and Sensor Sysstems


Abstract: The choice between wired and wireless networks is commonly driven by grid topology and geographical environment as these factors have enormous influence on network performance and infrastructure cost. By analyzing and comparing their strengths and weaknesses of two leading communication technologies, a hybrid solution is proposed to operate Smart Energy Profile 2.0 over two underlying MAC/PHY technologies. The proposal solution provides a seamless connectivity between ZigBee and Power Line Communication networks to reap benefits from their respective advantages. Since the two technologies are complementary media, the combination is more appropriate than a single application or installation scenario.


Keywords: ZigBee, Power line communication, Home area network, Smart grid, Smart energy profile, Smart meter.


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