gridComm and Virtual Extension to provide Advanced Hybrid PLC Wireless Networks for IoT/M2M Applications

Smart Grid, Smart Lighting and more applications in need of high-performance, failure-proof connectivity to benefit from the partnership’s hybrid solution
( | Press Release | 2016-02-23 17:05:26 )
gridComm, a provider of the world’s most reliable and robust narrow-band power line communications (PLC) solutions that enable the transformation of traditional power grid into a smart grid, and Virtual Extension, a leader in high-performance wireless mesh networks for IoT/M2M and DALI, today announced a partnership for providing the industry with the most advanced hybrid connectivity solution of high-performance wireless mesh and narrow-band PLC networks.

TEL AVIV and SINGAPORE, February 24, 2016 — Virtual Extension and gridComm announce a partnership to leverage the best solutions of each company, to compensate for each technology limitation. The solution will synergetically increase the cost efficiency, reduce the time to market and even enable a whole new range of projects that couldn’t have been possible otherwise in the Internet of Things/M2M reign. The applications that will benefit from it are within smart lighting control, smart metering, smart agriculture, smart city, smart water management, environmental monitoring, medical, security and safety industries and more. Being able to provide long-term smart solutions to businesses both small and large has always been of importance to both companies, and the partnership makes good business sense as well as it helps both companies to engage users at new levels. The joint R&D is supported and co-funded via the Singapore-Israel Industrial Research and Development Foundation (SIIRD).
“Our wireless extension for DALI and IoT networks have already proven to be extremely successful in citywide streetlights deployment and industrial lighting control, as well as in smart metering and a large variety of applications that need to be high-performance and yet cost-effective. Adding PLC connectivity, such as for improving the communication in an underground basement, further increases their usefulness for our customers, as well as our company expansion into new markets” said Yariv Oren, CEO of Virtual Extension
With 3 families of products that enable replacing the wiring in DALI by wireless, integrating DALI with IoT or using pure IoT, Virtual Extension offers today the largest variety of high-performance solutions for lighting control to be used in highway, street and professional lighting control. All the solutions are based on Virtual Extension wireless mesh technology –VEmesh, which employs space, time and frequency diversity, to offer the highest available performance in terms of high robustness and resiliency, practically unlimited number of nodes per network, low and deterministic latency, easy of deployment and maintenance and ultimately cost-effectiveness. The same VEmesh technology is used also in a wide range of products in smart metering and applications in need of such high-performance, with most of these applications capable to benefit from the additional connectivity offered by gridComm PLC technology.
Leveraging its multi-channel frequency technologies in its GC2200 PHY transceiver IC, gridComm has developed a fully adaptable, self-configuring network solution, GC-Net, that enables the world's most reliable power line communications solution. With an additional wireless PHY channel enabled by Virtual Extension’s market proven VEmesh technology, the combination can now provide a truly hybrid network solution that enables seamless and reliable communications amongst wired, wireless and hybrid wired-wireless nodes within a unified network.
No longer is the need to manage different networks separately provided by different communication technologies which adds to complexities and overheads in the systems. This brings upon huge benefits such as a common set of commands and network IDs can now be used to address and control wired, wireless and hybrid wired-wireless nodes.
“We are very encouraged and thankful to SIIRD’ support for enabling gridComm and Virtual Extension to develop the cutting-edge technology of hybrid PLC and Wireless. We foresee that this technology would tremendously reduce meter installation and maintenance costs through automatic configuration of PLC and Wireless channels enabling robust and reliable sustained communications in noisy environments. This technology will also enable our customer to connect wireless sensors such as weather sensor, light sensor and motion sensor to our smart street light system effortlessly. This will truly enable the realization of a Smart City,” noted Mike Holt, CEO of gridComm.
"SIIRD is happy to witness and fund the collaboration between Virtual Extension and gridComm to develop the state-of-the-art technology. The main role of SIIRD is to identify and help promising technology companies from both countries to jointly develop industrial projects that can be commercialized and are beneficial to the industry,” said Chan Eng Chye, GM of SIIRD.

About gridComm

gridComm provides power line communications semiconductors, devices and systems that enable the transformation of the electricity grid into a smart grid. By connecting utilities to their customers, gridComm's semiconductors, modules and DIN Rail PLC modems help to transform meters, streetlights, homes and industrial buildings and other appliances into energy-aware "smart devices" that react to conditions on the grid, thus implementing a worldwide communications network or Internet of Things (IOT) based on the existing power grid. gridComm is headquartered in Singapore.

About Virtual Extension

Operating since 2000 and with a team of experts with a total wireless experience of hundreds of years, Virtual Extension has become one of the world leaders in Wireless Lighting Control. Its VEmesh wireless mesh technology enables it to address practically unlimited number of luminaires and input devices per network, with unmatched throughput of bi-directional communication for most robust, resilient and ultimately cost effective lighting control solutions.
Focusing on high-performance solutions for lighting control in the outdoor, professional and industrial markets, and following the recent trend of retrofit to LED, Virtual Extension has managed to become the renowned world leader in wireless extension to DALI and IoT interoperability, with products certified for CE and ISO9001 and massive successful deployments in the field. VEmesh is the wireless underlying technology that enables Virtual Extension to be a front-runner in seamlessly replace wires by wireless. Combined with its commitment to provide the best wireless mesh network solutions for today’s smart systems challenge, it enables its customers to benefit from all wireless advantages, such as convenience in use, user experience, as well as fast and easy deployment. For more information, please visit


The Singapore-Israel Industrial R&D Foundation (SIIRD) is a co-operation between the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) and the Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS) in Israel to promote, facilitate and support joint industrial R&D projects, between companies from Israel and Singapore, which would lead to successful commercialization. To date, SIIRD has co-funded 146 joint R&D projects between companies from Singapore and Israel.

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