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An Open-Source PLC Stack for Simplified and Cost-Effective Deployment of Smart Systems

Host Publication: International Conference on Internet of Things Data, and Cloud Computing

Authors: S. Thielemans, M. Bezunartea, A. Touhafi and K. Steenhaut

UsePubPlace: Cambridge, United Kingdom

Publisher: ACM

Publication Date: Mar. 2017

ISBN: 978-1-4503-4774-7/17/03


Abstract:

The vast majority of permanent sensor and actuator nodes within a building automation environment are connected to mains electricity and seldom require significant bandwidth. Therefore, it is a good choice to set up a Narrowband Power Line Communication (NB-PLC) network over the electrical cabling as an alternative to dedicated wiring or using wireless communication on the often saturated ISM radio bands. The NB-PLC technology has many similarities with Wireless Sensor and Actuator Networks (WSAN), allowing reuse of several protocols and implementations. In this paper we present an open-source NB-PLC system based on Contiki, a popular IoT operating system focused on WSANs. This solution is aimed primarily at building automation purposes such as smart lighting, but is applicable to a variety of lightweight smart systems connected to mains electricity.

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