Power Line Communication OMG

Matter created the Faraday a New Genre of Solar ENERGYsensor for the Internet-of-Things, that also fixes Wireless Dead Zones problems. It uses Power Line Communications.

Before the Faraday customers when choosing a power meter had a choice of either wireless or data wired power meters.

The Faraday and the IoT Live Pro Gateway are unique in that they uses Power Line Communications (PLC) to communicate avoiding WDZ (Wireless Dead Zones).

What iS Power Line Communications (PLC)

PLC is a plug-and-play digital technology that uses the home’s or business’ existing power line to create a data network that's faster and more reliable than wireless technologies like Wi-Fi, 3G and ZigBee from within electrical cabinets.

PLC significantly improves the reliability and security of communication of connected IoT devices in hard to reach spots like a basements, carparks, meter-boxes or electrical distribution-cabinets.

To establish a network between the Faraday and Matter's ground-breaking IoT 4G gateway the installer simply installs the Faraday onto the same power line as which the Matter IoT gateway is plugged into. A LED says, “I am connected”. That's it and you’re done! It really is plug and play.

Matter PLC technology opens up completely new options for transitioning solar and battery systems into the digital Internet-of-Things world.

HOW IT WORKS

Matter's Faraday measures solar power and it is a very advanced special kind of energy sensor that has its own special computer module on board. After doing some complex calculations to work out measurements the Faraday sends the energy measurement data through the home or businesses electrical wires.

It uses the power lines as data communication lines for the internet-of-things. The Faraday can talk and listen using this new exciting plug-and-play PLC technology. So, there is no need to run new wires or drill holes in walls to install data cables like Ethernet.

This power line technology creates a sophisticated secure network automatically to eliminate weak signals or wireless dead zones and provides reliable secure internet-of-things connectivity.

Now mains powered internet-of-things devices using Matter’s technology can communicate in the hardest-to-reach areas of your home or business.


So, why not use existing Power Lines

Faraday uses existing electrical wiring in a building as the data network cables. This is known as Power Line Communications (PLC). Which means no extra wiring is required. The data network can be extended into new places without adding new data cables reducing installation costs and delays.

Faraday is typically installed in a meter cabinet and will automatically detect and speak with Matter's IoT Gateway over the existing electrical wiring. Matter's IoT Gateway are plugged into a wall socket and automatically creates a network connection via the electrical wiring in between the wall socket and Matter's Faraday ENERGYsensor. This adds no new wires.

A PLC connection has many advantages of a wireless connection and can extend the range quite significantly. The quality of the connection still depends on the quality of the electrical system and if there are line filters that distort the signal on the power line this may prevent the Faraday speaking lengthy distances. Faraday uses G3-PLC® (ITU-T G.9903) industry standard commands operating in CENELEC A band in Australia.

The Faraday is the first product use-case that uses Matter’s PLC technology. Faraday uses the industry standard G3-PLC® (ITU-T G.9903) operating in CENELEC A band in Australia.

Matter’s IoT gateway can communicate using LTE 4G Cat-1 to Matter’s cloud can also communicate inside the home using Wi-Fi, Ethernet and ZigBee.

A new gateway variant has PLC enabled to communicate with the Faraday. This means future IoT product uses cases will be able to communicate with Matter’s Gateway without wiring.

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