The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) said today that its R7.3 Home Networking Subcommittee will begin extensive field-testing of existing powerline carrier (PLC) technologies on October 1 and will select the winning technology for a technical standard by January 2002.
CEA will oversee the testing, which will be conducted by a professional third-party test service. The test results will be evaluated based on a predetermined scoring and weighting procedure and based on the technologies' ability to provide reliable outlet coverage, an implementation cost suitable for consumer applications, support QoS for voice, audio, interactive multimedia, video and data applications and the necessary high speeds to support these applications, as well as FCC compliance. A team of representatives from consumer electronics companies will make a selection based on the scoring of the testing results.
Consumers will be able to form a network of PLC-compliant products by simply plugging them into their home's electrical outlets. Possible applications include distributed music, video, Internet access, gaming, telephony and home control information.
CEA is currently accepting both additional PLC technology testing candidates and companies to participate on the evaluation team of this project. Interested parties are urged to contact Shazia McGeehan (firstname.lastname@example.org) at CEA.