Aug 25, 2017

DNV-GL integrates nBox-Gateway in their DLMS test-suite

DNV-GL Energy, one of the leading utility test and advisory companies has completed integration of Neuron’s nBox-Gateway with their DLMS test-suite, creating a comprehensive offering for testing DLMS applications over G3-PLC networks.

The DLMS test-suite running on a Windows PC uses nBox-Gateway as an IPv6 edge- router to address G3-PLC enabled single phase and three-phase electricity meters. Besides performing IPv6 routing, the nBox-Gateway also functions as G3-PLC network coordinator, converging meters into a homogenous G3 PAN. Thanks to the easy GUI based setup, the end-to-end traffic is seamlessly transported to/from PLC media from/to Ethernet/WiFi media.

With this successful integration, the complete communication stack is covered during testing, from application layer down to physical layer. “nBox-Gateway's functions of G3-PLC Coordinator and IPv6 router are complementary to DNV GL’s DLMS test-suite solution which targets on validation of the DLMS application layer and the COSEM data model. Together they constitute a powerful solution for the end customer”, said DNV-GL’s Bas Roelofsen.

DNV-GL and Neuron have also collaborated in past to build the PRIME specification conformance tool for version 1.4, now in use by all test-labs engaged in PRIME certification

DNV-GL DLMS tester and nBox-Gateway picture

May 17, 2017

Neuron launches nBox-Gateway with "developer license"


Neuron is pleased to announce the general availability of its nBox-Gateway product with a unique proposition of "developer license" option.

Already in use at multiple customer and field installation locations, the nBox-Gateway is latest addition to the nBox devices family. Available in both PRIME and G3-plc variants, nBox-Gateway is uniquely different from any other product available in market in multiple ways

Not only does nBox-Gateway run IoT protocols and functions as a mature IPv4 / IPv6 PLC router / gateway, the feature rich interfaces and GUI make it very easy to operate and integrate into any existing network.

Staying committed to accelerate adoption of PLC in IoT networks, the nBox-Gateway comes with an option of "developer license" where a complete build environment, including sample application source code, is made available to customers to facilitate development of IoT applications that can run on the nBox-Gateway

nBox-Gateway will catalyze PLC in M2M and IoT markets by making it possible to develop and deploy PLC applications on a ready-to-use device, without having to go through a lengthy and costly development cycle that would traditionally start from barebones reference-designs

Sept 30, 2016

Neuron commissions industry's first G3-PLC IoT network

Neuron achieved multiple industry firsts earlier this week when we successfully completed a field installation of G3-plc enabled grid-analytics devices. The network is now part of ENEDIS' (old name ErDF) operational Linky deployment in Ottmarsheim (France). The G3-plc FCC devices connect current sensors installed at various distribution cabinets in field. Their remote monitoring over G3 network enables ENEDIS to improve the way they monitor their LV networks

The installation operates in FCC frequency band, which not only ensures that there is no overlap with existing metering deployment (operating in CENELEC A band), but also provides higher data-rate. This would be one of the first real world FCC band installation.

In addition to operating on FCC band, the network, uses CoAP, one of the de-facto IoT protocols, to exchange messages and data between device end-points and the network Coordinator (nBox-Gateway). The choice of CoAP ensures minimal protocol overhead and maximimzes granularity with which grid-analytics data is collected from the endpoints. In a first of its kind, both, the device endpoints and the coordinator implement a complete IoT stack comprising of 6LoWPAN and CoAP, on top of G3-PLC MAC and PHY layers. Both the Coordinator and device-endpoint run Neuron's nStack

"Neuron provides a very specialized level of PLC protocol expertize", said Ms Helene Pulce, Head of PLC technology group at ENEDIS "Combined together with their IoT knowhow and flexible working model, they make a good partner for our innovation projects".

"We are extremely proud to be selected by ENEDIS for this pioneer project and look forward to continue providing them with quantifiable value in future. As IoT gains traction, G3-plc will form one of the cornerstone technologies for realizing IoT in coming months and years", said Mr Mohamed Sedjai, Head of Products at Neuron.

nBox-Gateway FCC G3-plc

Neuron CoAP G3-plc sensor

Aug 26, 2016

Neuron completes development of v1.4 PRIME conformance test tool

PRIME Conformance Test tool

Neuron is proud to provide background technology that powers the next generation conformance test tool for PRIME v1.4. Developed in collaboration with DNV-GL, the test-tool is now made available to PRIME Alliance accredited certification labs.

In a first of its kind, the tool implements a web-based management and control interface that enables administration from any authenticated web-browser running on laptops, tablets or any other handheld device.

The news announcement on PRIME Alliance website (here) provides further details.

Dec 22, 2015

Neuron's nBox-Tool contributes to ERDF G3-plc Linky deployment

Linky rollout started earlier this month and targets to install a total of 35 million Smart Meters by 2021, majority of which would communicate using G3-plc technology. G3-plc field tests have been carried out using Neuron's nBox-Tool for field diagnostics. Working with ErDF's Linky teams, the G3-plc nBox-Tool has been customized for usage by field engineers such that it would be part of their standard field-kit. The device will continue to extend functionality through the new use-cases discovered during its use in the Linky rollout, therefore further asserting its position as the most practical and mature solution available in market for use by field engineers.

In addition to its usage by ErDF in actual rollout, nBox-Tool is also the default tool of choice used by most vendors selected for supply of equipment to the Linky G3-plc deployments. The usage scenario includes use by R&D teams during development, by test-teams during validation and by production teams for quality approval of manufactured lots.

nBox-Tool is Neuron's industry leading debug and analysis tool that offers multiple functions of data-logging, packet analysis, network diagnostics, conformance checks, etc, made available over an intuitive GUI with interface through both desktop and mobile devices.


Dec 7, 2015

Neuron joins PRIME alliance

Continuing positive momentum of engagement with leading PLC standards organizations, Neuron is happy to announce our acceptance into PRIME Alliance. With long standing experience in PRIME, Neuron is well positioned to play a leading role in offering solutions based on the recently ratified version 1.4 of PRIME specifications.

All of Neuron's v1.4 products will include a) Robust mode and b) FCC band support, which are the two major changes in the new version. Together with these, there is also in-build support for interworking with version 1.3.6 devices.

The nBox-Tool already supports both version 1.3.6 and the new version 1.4 of PRIME specifications.

Neuron's PLC development framework for PRIME includes both Base Node and Service Node stacks, available for licensing in source code. The Base Node and Service Node stacks are capable of running on any of the commercially available PRIME chips, providing device vendors a uniform interface across all technology suppliers.

Neuron and PRIME

Sept 21, 2015

Neuron joins G3-plc alliance

Neuron team is happy to announce the acceptance of its membership application to G3-plc alliance. With the "PLC development framework" solution, Neuron is well positioned to further promote a wider adoption of G3-plc among vendors looking to build plc based products. In addition to products facilitating easier use of power line communication Neuron will also collaborate with other G3-plc members and bring our substantial background expertize in definition and development of PLC systems for mass rollouts.

Neuron's "PLC development framework" solution includes protocol stacks in source code (nStack), simulation systems for application development (nSim) and a state-of-the-art debug tool (nBox-Tool).

The nBox-Tool, driven by features like ability to stream live PLC captures, data-logging capacity, and mobile device (smartphone and tablets) support, coupled with exhaustive and feature-rich protocol analysis functions, is the preferred tool among some of the largest meter and data-concentrator vendors participating in G3-plc rollouts. Launched less than an year ago, the nBox-Tool is enjoying significant traction in both CENELEC-A band and FCC-band operational variants.

Nov 11, 2014

Neuron launches industry's most advanced multi-technology PLC tool

To address the much needed gap in PLC industry of a commercial grade field analysis tool and as part of continued extension of its nStack based PLC development framework, Neuron announced the general availability of its nBox-Tool product.

nBox-Tool supports all contemporary PLC technologies and helps analyze development as well as deployment issues at multiple protocol levels.

With extensive data logging capability and mobile interface support for both Smartphones and Tablets, the nBox-Tool is a unique offering for field support personnel who would usually PLC modem, specialized hardware and a laptop loaded with diverse applications to debug different field aspects. The nBox-Tool would be an ideal product for field debugging where it provides a summary overview for technicians and detailed analysis information for communication engineers.

The first market release of the product supports PRIME and G3-plc technologies.

Oct 25, 2014

Platform independent PRIME v1.4 Base Node implementation

Continuing to extend the nStack portfolio of protocol stack implementations of all contemporary PLC technologies, Neuron completed the first milestone of implementing Base Node functionality conformant with the latest release PRIME v1.4 specification. This milestone confirms that the Base Node implementation of v1.4 is fully interoperable with all available v1.4 Service Node implementations from chip vendors in market today.

Available as nStack-PRIME product, the Base Node implementation is offered for licensing in source code form where licensees shall retain all rights to any local modifications they make on the licensed code.

Together with the already available nStack-G3 product, the nStack-PRIME further strengthens Neuron's position in the PLC industry as the only company that licenses source-code of protocol stacks proven to run on any chip.

July 30, 2014

Neuron announces the availability of G3-plc protocol stack

As part of building a portfolio of PLC protocol stacks of contemporary technologies, Neuron today announced the release of nStack-G3. nStack-G3 is the first product in the nStack family and implements both Coordinator and Device functions.

nStack-G3 implements implements all MAC layer and Adaptation layer functions, including 6LoWPAN and interfaces with a PHY layer over a well defined platform independent interface. Using a standards compliant PHY layer interface ensures that nStack-G3 can run on any commercially available G3-plc chip.

Available for licensing in source code form, the nStack-G3 enables users with unprecendented flexibility in making their own value enhancements and functional extensions which was not possible till day with closed source binary images that are conventionally available for PLC protocols.

May 29, 2014

CEPRI, Ormazabal and Neuron cooperate to define the Next Generation Smart PLC technology for China

As part of a collaborative effort towards creating the next generation of PLC (PowerLine Communication) Technology as the foundation for Smart Grid, China Electric Power Research Institute (CEPRI), Ormazabal and Neuron have signed a cooperation agreement to lay down the communication specifications for CEPRI's next generation of Cognitive PLC technology.

Under the leadership and vision of CEPRI, the next generation of PLC Technology will be the foundation for creating a rich portfolio of new standardized and interoperable Smart Metering and Grid products and solutions.

In the present framework of cooperation the technology specification will be designed to address needs of medium voltage networks where not only are bandwidth requirements higher in order to backhaul data from several low voltage networks but also latency sensitive to address distribution-automation needs.