What is Univeral Powerline Bus?
Universal Powerline Bus (UPB™) is a highly reliable, cost effective, 2-way communications technology which enables control products to utilize existing powerlines for both residential and commercial applications. The award winning UPB™ technology was developed by Powerline Control System (PCS) and has been awarded several patents
for its innovation.
Universal Powerline Bus (UPB™) a highly reliable,
cost effective, 2-way communications technology which enables
control products to utilize existing powerlines for residential
While other powerline technologies exist, none
compares to UPB™
cost per node, reliability, and functionality. Introduced in
1999, UPB™ is now considered a communications standard for residential
Other potential applications include appliance
control, HVAC control, and Internet-to-Application device communication,
with a cost to the manufacturer of less than $4 per node.
Benefits of UPB™ TECHnology
UPB™ uses low frequency, spread spectrum technology which produces
a very strong signal. In addition, UPB™ uses true 2-way communications,
allowing devices to reveal their status to each other. This
feedback, that commands have been successfully executed, results
in reliable communications—greater than 99% accurate!
UPB™ technology supports either peer-to-peer
or centrally controlled communication environments, providing
flexibility for a wide range of applications. See our current
list of UPB™ compatible controllers.
Lower Total Cost:
UPB™ sizes existing powerlines, eliminating the need to pre-wire
or pull new wire to install a system. Additionally, during the
installation of typical PLC products, service callbacks are
needed to install filters or repeaters to fix reliability issues.
Because UPB™ products work right the first time, installers
deploy once and no more service callbacks are required. The
end result is a reduction of cost and significantly increased
Supports .3 second response time or 10 full commands per second
which is 20 to 40 times faster than other PLC technologies.
This increase in speed delivers a lighting control system that
is responsive to the touch.
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