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PROCEEDINGS


1999 International Symposium

on

Power-line Communications

and its Applications (ISPLC'99)


Lancaster House Hotel - Lancaster UK

30 March - 1 April 1999


Editors

Bahram Honary and A. J. Han Vinck



CIP-DATA KONINKLIJKE BIBLIOTHEEK, DEN HAAG
Proceedings of the 3rd International Symposium on Power-Line Communications and its Applications (ISPLC'99), Lancaster, UK, 1999
March -1 April, 1999
Editors: Bahram Honary and A. J. Han Vinck
With refs.
ISBN 90-74249-22-1
Publisher: Shannon Foundation



Preface

For many years, researchers at Lancaster and Essen Universities have sought to exploit the ubiquitous electrical power-line network as a means for high-speed data communications. As we turn to increasingly hostile media to meet mankind's veracious appetite for communication, we must continue to develop ever more ingenious technological tools. The existing power-line infrastructure is growing in importance as a commercially viable, low-cost option and communication researchers are well motivated in this field.

Throughout the world, close collaboration with industry is helping to deepen our understanding of the digital power-line environment. Such links are crucial if theoretical study is one day to be realised. In this Third International Symposium on Power-line Communication, guests from all around the globe present their latest findings. Whether modelling channel characteristics, offering new modulation schemes or developing novel modem technology, we each strive to further the community's knowledge and, through a meeting of minds, spark off new ideas for future research in the field.

Chairmen: Prof. Bahram Honary, Prof. Han Vinck



Contents

Power Line Communications - Past, Present and Future
P. Brown, NOR.WEB DPL Ltd, UK

Powerline In-House Near and Far Field Propagation Measurements
J. Yazdani*, P Brown and B Honary*
* Communications Research Centre, Lancaster University, UK
** NOR.WEB DPL Ltd, UK

Modelling of Powerline Communication Channels
H. Philipps, Institute for Communications Technology, Braunschweig Technical University, Germany

Modelling and Measurement of Radiated Emission Characteristics of Power Line Communications Systems for Standards Development
D. Lauder and Y. Sun, University of Hertfordshire, UK

Characterisation of PLC Technologies
P. Moreau and M. Rousseau, Schlumberger Industries-MTC, France

Characterisation, Measurement and Modelling of Medium Voltage Power-Line Cables for High Data Rate Communication
C. Hensen, W. Schulz and S. Schwarze, University of Paderborn, Germany

A Multi-Path Signal Propagation Model for the Power Line Channel in the High Frequency Range
M. Zimmermann and K. Dostert, University of Karlsruhe, Germany

Adaptive Nested Codec
D. Lund, B. Honary and M. Darnell, HW Communications Ltd, UK

DMT-Based Power Line Communication for the CENELEC A-Band
F. Petre, M. Engels, B. Gyselinckx and H. de Man, Interuniversity Micro Electronics Centre, Heverlee, Belgium

Technical Developments in Powerline Communications
J. Newbury, The Open University, UK

Hardware VLSI Chip Design Implementation for Soft-Output Minimum Weight Decoder
W.M. El-Medany*, C.G. Harrison*, P.G. Farrell** and C.J. Hardy**,
*Manchester University, UK
**Communications Research Centre, Lancaster University, UK

Non-Gaussian Noise Suppression and its Application to Power-Line Communications
S. Burley and M. Darnell, Leeds University, UK

Integrated PLC-Modem Based on OFDM
M. Deinzer and M. Ster, iAd GmbH, Großabersdorf, Germany

An Integrated PLC Modem for S-FSK Modulation
B. Goffart and C. Boscand, Alcatel Microelectronics, Belgium

Coding and Modulation for Power Line Communication
A.J. Han Vinck and J. Häring, University of Essen, Germany

Comparison and Optimization of Differentially Encoded Transmission on Fading Channels
L. Lampe and R. Fischer, Universität Erlangen-Nurnberg, Germany

On Coding-, Diversity- and Receiver Strategies for the Powerline Communication Channel
G. Lindell, University of Lund, Sweden

ISDN-So-Bus Extension by Power-Line Using CDMA Technique
C. Hensen and W. Schulz, University of Paderborn, Germany

Interactive On-Line Customer Service Applications for Delivery over Power Line Infrastructures
N. Linge, N. Blackie and P. Brown, University of Salford, UK

Power Line Communications - A Regulatory Perspective
M. Harris, OTEL, UK

An Experimental OFDM-Modem for the CENELEC B-Band
D. Galda, T. Giebel, U. Zzer and H. Rohling, Technical University of Hamburg, Germany

OFDM Using Complementary Sequences for Data Transmission Over Non-Gaussian Channels
N. Pem and M. Darnell, Leeds University, UK

A Novel High Capacity Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum System Suited to Power Line Communications
G. Marubayashi, Soka University, Japan

A Comparison Between OFDM, Single Carrier, and Spread Spectrum for High Data Rate PLC
D. Raphaeli* and E. Bassin**,
*Tel Aviv University, Israel
**Itran Communications Lt, Israel

Power-Line Analysing Tool for Channel Estimation, Channel Emulation and Evaluation of Communication Systems
G. Bumiller, iAD GmbH, Grobabersdorf, Germany

A Pragmatic Approach to Setting Limits to Radiation from Powerline Communications Systems
R. P. Rickard and J. E. James, Nor.web DPL Ltd/Nortel Networks, Harlow Laboratories

Application of OFDM to Powerline Telecommunications
A.G. Burr* and P.A. Brown**,
*University of York, U.K.
**NOR.WEB DPL Ltd, U.K.



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