Plc Control Systems

Written by Stephanie Dula
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PLC is an acronym commonly used in many different fields, but in the home automation industry, it typically stands for powerline communications or powerline carrier. PLC technology allows homeowners to use their existing electrical circuits to carry signals to appliances from a remote control. When referring to an internet connection over standard wiring, the acronym BPL, or Broadband powerline is often used.

PLC Technology

High speed transmission of data through powerlines is not a new technology, and it's just the past few years that have seen its introduction into the consumer automation market. Product developers and homeowners alike appreciate that its network basis already exists in houses and there is no need for structured wiring. PLC technology utilizes the most extensive power source in the world, and changes the way we operate within our homes and work spaces.

While power companies have implemented PLC transmission to remotely check the status of residential meters, consumers can now use this method to control appliances. Controlling large energy consumers like dishwashers, clothes dryers, and water heaters allows users to regulate their power usage. Homeowners can program a system by which these appliances can only be operated when rates are lowest.

PLC control systems are now gaining ground in the reliability department, while at the same time picking up steam with manufacturers and dealers alike. UPB is one communication protocol that promises minimal noise interference as compared to X10, as well as simple installation techniques. The technology is a relatively new one on the automation market, but is now offered in a variety of forms from several online vendors.


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