Performance evaluation of PRIME in smart grid

Mehdi Korki, Cishen Zhang, Hai L. Vu

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In this paper, we evaluate the performance of a popular narrow band power line communication (PLC) solution (referred to as PoweRline Intelligent Metering Evolution or PRIME) for smart grid applications in an impulsive noise environment. To this end, we analyze the effects of the impulsive noise in narrow band PLC systems and derive an explicit formula of bit error rate (BER) and its upper bound for an uncoded and coded orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) schemes in PRIME, respectively. Our analyses and the upper bound are then validated using simulation. Furthermore, we propose an efficient time domain interleaver (TDI) technique to improve the performance of the PRIME by spreading the effect of impulsive bursts over a large number of OFDM symbols. Our simulation results show that the TDI method significantly reduces the impact of impulsive noises on the BER of the PRIME solution.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2013 IEEE International Conference on Smart Grid Communications, SmartGridComm 2013
PublisherIEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781479915262
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Smart Grid Communications 2013 - Vancouver BC, Canada
Duration: 21 Oct 201324 Oct 2013


ConferenceInternational Conference on Smart Grid Communications 2013
Abbreviated titleSmartGridComm 2013
CityVancouver BC

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