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Journal of Computer Networks and Communications
Volume 2014, Article ID 393782, 9 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/393782
Research Article

A Flexible Approach for Smart Management of Transmissions in Power Line Communications

Facoltà di Ingegneria e Architettura, Università degli Studi di Enna-Kore, Cittadella Universitaria, 94100 Enna, Italy

Received 25 June 2014; Revised 2 November 2014; Accepted 12 November 2014; Published 8 December 2014

Academic Editor: Lixin Gao

Copyright © 2014 Mario Collotta and Salvatore Tirrito. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Power line communications (PLCs) refer to a technology based on the existing electrical wiring to transmit data among the devices connected to the network. The PLC technology is an excellent solution widely studied and analysed by researchers, even in those areas characterized by strict requirements, such as industries. In this paper, a technique based on fuzzy logic, for the dynamic management of the amplitude of the signal emitted by the devices of a power line network, is proposed. The main aim is to manage the amplitude of the transmission signal in order to reduce the noise introduced into the network, and, as a consequence, the power consumption, increasing data transmission quality of network in terms of Quality of Service (QoS). This solution has been implemented into embedded systems based on the ADD1010, a power line System on Chip (SoC), and tested through a real scenario realized in laboratory.