An Innovative Approach for the Management of Cross-Coupling Interference in Street Lighting Networks

Giovanni Pau
1+, Mario Collotta1, Salvatore Tirrito1, and Riccardo Caponetto2

1Kore University of Enna, Enna, Italy


2University of Catania, Catania, Italy



Power Line Communications (PLCs) are used for measuring various metrics, that can give signs about the health of the power grid equipment and for maintenance actions. These measurements may include the values of voltage, current, temperature and pressure of the power grid equipment. As it is known, the communication may also depend on the structure of the transmission medium, i.e. the parasitic capacitances and inductances and the cross-coupling interference between phases. This paper introduces an innovative solution with the aim to reduce the impact of noise and interferences in street light systems based on PLCs for telemetry. The proposed solution can cope with several problems, such as the capacitive and the inductive coupling among phases and attenuation. The goal of the solution introduced in this work is to make the communication, among master and slave nodes, reliable and immune to noise. The proposed solution also allows a significant reduction of power consumption with a consequent lowering of CO2 emissions, acting on the automatically dimming and switching off the street lamps.


Keywords: Street Lighting System, Power Line Communication, Power Consumption Reduction,
Remote Control


+: Corresponding author: Giovanni Pau
Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, Kore University of Enna, Cittadella Universitaria, 94100 Enna, Italy,
Tel: +39-0935-536494


Journal of Wireless Mobile Networks, Ubiquitous Computing, and Dependable Applications (JoWUA)

Vol. 8, No. 2, pp. 44-63, June 2017 [pdf]