ABOUT US

plc-tec AG

about the company

plc-tec AG develops and distributes Power Line Communication System (PLC) IP cores and reference design kits for highly reliable real-time applications, based on an in-house developed Power Line data bUS PLUS technology.

Driven by the trends for digitalization and automation many system components in airplanes, trains, smart grids, vehicles, etc. require both power and data connections for monitoring and control functions. This leads to large quantities of cables and connectors, combined with high complexity, high suceptibility to faults and high maintenance costs.

PLC makes it possible to use the power distribution networks, which are usually needed anyway, for data communication as well by transmitting the data over the power cables. This eliminates the need for dedicated separate data lines. The integration of PLC into their systems enables system providers to gain competitive advantages in terms of reduction of weight, space requirements and power consumption (Size, Weight and Power SWAP).

plc-tec AG specializes in the use of PLC in systems with safety-critical requirements. The fulfillment of these requirements requires advanced communication technology as well as design and development processes that comply with international functional safety standards such as RTCA DO-254/178, IEC 61508, etc.

• sets itself highest standards for its designs regarding quality, functionality (reliability, availability, real-time) and cost effectiveness.
• is a Swiss SME, founded as a spin-off of the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences & Arts (HSLU) in 2014 with the goal to provide its customers PLC as an Enabling Technology for the competitional advantage of their products and systems, with reduced R&D risks and shorter time-to-market.

• aggregates more than 50 person years experience with PLC, starting in the early years of PLC developments in the 90s
• aggregates more than 25 person years experience in the design and realisation of Embedded Systems, Systems-on-Chip und ASICs.

• cooperates closely with its research partner Competence Center Intelligent Sensors and Networks of Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, a leading research group in PLC, safeguarding access to the latest research results in PLC and Mission-and-Time-Critical communications.

Milestones

More than 25 years of experience in PLC

End of the 90's
End of the 90's
Members of plc-tec were in the Ascom team which pioneered several industry’s first in the broadband PLC technology
End of the 90's
2005
Since 2005

PLC for aircraft applications (EC projects ECAB, TAUPE, ASHLEY, MISSION, ADENEAS)

Members of plc-tec were involved in Ascom’s train passenger information systems development, e.g. of Ascom’s (today ANNAX) PLC Rail Gateway product

2005
2009
Since 2009
Cooperation with Diehl Aerospace, a leading aircraft system supplier
2009
2010
Since 2010
PLC for Smart Grids (Medium Voltage applications)
2010
2012
2012
Start of the development of first PLUS version
2012
2014
2014
Foundation of plc-tec AG
2014
2016
Since 2016
PLUS for train applications (PLUS PCN)
2016
2017
2017
Win of the prestigious Crystal Cabin Award for aircraft cabin innovations, with HSLU and Diehl Aerospace
2017
2018
2018
Licence contract with Diehl Aerospace reg. the usage of PLUS AVIONICS in aerospace markets
2018
2018
Since 2018
Cooperation with SBB Cargo and VOITH for the data communication backbone of the future Intelligent Freight Train
2018

Team

Meet our Management Team
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Ulrich Dersch

Director

earned a PhD in semiconductor physics and began his career in communication technologies in the ABB Research Center Dättwil/Switzerland. He then worked for Ascom for 17 years, in the end as CTO and Head of Development, building and leading the group that made numerous prize-winning technological breakthroughs in PLC. In 2008, he joined HSLU, where he founded the Competence Center Intelligent Sensors and Networks. In 2014, he founded plc-tec AG, a spinoff of HSLU.

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Stephen Dominiak

Head of Technology

has a BSc degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago in the USA and a MSc degree in Information and Communications Engineering from the Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen in Germany. He started his career working at Ascom before joining HSLU in 2009 where he led the research group Communications Technologies. During his time at HSLU he was the lead designer of the Power Line data bUS (PLUS) protocol. In 2014, he co-founded plc-tec AG.

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Jürgen Wassner

Head of Development

received a MSc degree in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Dresden and a PhD in microelectronics from ETH Zurich. He has worked in the telecommunication industry as ASIC-Designer before joining Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts in 2007, where he now leads a research group and teaches digital design and signal processing. In 2014, he co-founded plc-tec AG.

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