HomeGrid Forum has approved its G.hn solution for Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) applications ahead of the Connected Germany event, demonstrating how G.hn technology continues to bridge the gap between telecom-optimized systems and the necessity for fast connectivity in industrial environments. Through MIMO-enabled powerline communications, the GHN.SOM.PLC module, a powerful small form factor and retrofit solution from member firm Teleconnect, provides the high performance of IIoT and linked devices.
“Machine-to-machine communication and process automation require more than ever stable, robust and fast connectivity to operate and work efficiently, with no downtime. The uptake in productivity, efficiency and safety need to strongly rely on agile control, self-healing capabilities and real time synchronisation of industrial devices, placing G.hn as core to manufacturers’ digital transformation,” says HomeGrid Forum president Livia Rosu.
“This certification marks an exciting new milestone for G.hn IIoT use cases, including autonomous mobile robots, smart sensors, AR/VR, smart lifting, smart parking systems control, smart buildings entry-door access control, safety control and factory automation. G.hn technology modules are now embedded into smart manufacturing infrastructure networks to provide the resilience needed by highly performant industrial plants.”
G.hn integrates with existing wire to enable low-latency connectivity that can handle two-way, high-bandwidth, real-time data, such as environmental sensors and video surveillance. To encourage G.hn innovation and deployments for IIoT applications, the HomeGrid Forum recently organised a new Task Force, co-chaired by Alexandre Schafer, director of sales, and Philipp Rietzsch, head of R&D, at Teleconnect.
Schafer states, “G.hn has significantly boosted industrial networks with adaptive data rates of up to 1.8 Gbps over different media, from powerline to telephone wiring and coax cables. It has also proven to be the most reliable backbone for visible light communications, such as Li-Fi. Now, the certification of GHN.SOM.PLC means that the industry can be confident in the module’s interoperability to other G.hn chipsets and devices.”
G.hn testing by the HomeGrid Forum assures that commercially accessible solutions meet ITU-T G.hn standards, as well as the interoperability and performance requirements outlined in the HomeGrid Forum Certification Test Plans.