Power Line Communication Systems For Rural Areas: Benefits and Challenges

By:
Poobalan Govender,
Sunil Bipraj,
Dr. Ganesh Kumar Venayagamoorthy,
Dr Ogbonnaya Okoro,
Kevin Jan Duffy
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The power line network is the largest network in most countries and provides an existing infrastructure over which high frequency data communications can occur. Transmitting broadband communication signals over the power line network has the potential of improving access to information and technology, especially in the rural areas of South Africa where most essential services have been, or still are, nonexistent. The implementation of power line communication technology in rural areas of Africa poses some interesting challenges to designers of such systems. Overcoming these challenges is crucial and would contribute towards overcoming the digital divide.


Keywords: Power Line Communication, High Voltage, Low Voltage, Broadband, Attenuation, Digital Divide
Stream: Knowledge and Technology
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Power Line Communication Systems For Rural Areas


Poobalan Govender

Senior Lecturer in Automation and Control, School of Electrical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering 
Science and the Built Environment, Durban Institute of Technology

South Africa

Dr Poobalan Govender lectures control systems at the Durban Institute of Technology and has several years experience in the field of industrial automation and control. His current research interests are in the applications of computational intelligence techniques for system optimisation, and high frequency broadband signalling via the medium voltage power line.

Sunil Bipraj

Communications Engineer, Power Lines Communications, Ethekwini Municipality Electricity Department
South Africa

Sunil Bipraj has several years experience in the field of data communications. He is a member of the design team responsible for investigating the feasibility of utilising the power lines as a communication medium for demand side management control signals within Ethekwini municipality’s region of control, in Durban, South Africa

Dr. Ganesh Kumar Venayagamoorthy

Assistant Professor, Dept of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Missouri-Rolla
South Africa

Dr Ganesh-Kumar Venayagamoorthy is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the university of Missouri-Rolla. His research interests are in computational intelligence and power engineering systems.

Dr Ogbonnaya Okoro

Lecturer, Dept of Electrical Engineering, University of Nigeria
Nigeria


Kevin Jan Duffy

Director: Centre for Systems Research, Dept of Industrial Engineering
Faculty of Engineering
Science and the Built Environment, Durban Institute of Technology

South Africa

Dr Kevin Duffy heads the Centre for Systems Research at the Durban Institute of Technology. His research interests are in the applications of statistical analysis and computational intelligence techniques for optimising the management of large eco-systems.

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