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Bechtel Telecoms And Ambient Start Powerline Telecommunications Testing Initial Results

  • 23 August 2001
    Fredrick, MD
  • Press Release

Bechtel Telecoms And Ambient Start Powerline Telecommunications Testing Initial Results

"These test results provide confirmation of our belief that the PLT signal can be propagated over longer distances," said Mark Isaacson, Ambient's CEO.

Initial measurement and connectivity testing over INEEL medium and low voltage power lines began August 13. Test and measurement equipment from Ambient is being connected to circuits serving some of INEEL's 45 laboratories at the site. The testing will use the INEEL facility's unique environment to simulate real-world market conditions. Tests will be conducted on overhead and underground power lines and will include data transmission to end users within the INEEL complex.
Bechtel Telecoms president George Conniff noted, "Sending high frequency data transmissions over power lines to connections in end user premises is pace-setting technology that could not be tested on such a large scale anywhere but at INEEL."

Testing will be conducted in phases and will include Component Testing and System Simulation Testing. Individual components, such as inductive couplers and shunt capacitors, will be tested to verify operation on medium and low voltage lines. System Simulation Testing configurations will include those found in urban, suburban, rural, and undeveloped locations. Tests also will include radio frequency emissions and other certification tests.

Additional testing will ensure compliance with appropriate safety, environmental and other standards and regulations by all components of Ambient's system. Through an Ambient agreement with Bechtel Telecoms, INEEL also will also serve as a demonstration site to showcase Ambient's PLT technology to interested parties from the utility and financial investment community.

Bechtel Telecoms is providing support in the market delivery of Ambient's PLT technology by providing general contracting related to system mapping surveys, demonstrations, lab testing, project management, crew support, and commercial implementation support. Bechtel will also assist Ambient with compliance with utility commission or utility board regulations and guidelines, and applicable state and federal laws, in the United States and abroad.

Ambient Corporation has developed and owns innovative and proprietary technology that facilitates the transfer of Internet and high-speed data through ordinary electric power lines. The same electric wiring that is ordinarily used to transmit electrical power to individual homes and businesses also can be used to transmit high-speed data. Ambient's PLT technology is designed to enable utilities and power companies to partner with Ambient in creating baskets of utility and consumer services.
These utility services may include features such as automatic meter reading (AMR), load switching/balancing, demand management, outage reporting, real-time billing, and alarm monitoring. Consumer services may feature Internet, telephony, video-on-demand, content delivery, and smart appliances. Both baskets of services will be achieved using Ambient's PLT technology across electrical power lines and using existing infrastructure.

About Bechtel Telecommunications

Bechtel Telecommunications is a unit of Bechtel Corporation, one of the world's premier engineering, construction and management organizations. Headquartered in San Francisco, the privately held company has more than 45,000 employees, more than 50 offices worldwide, and 2000 revenues of $14.3 billion. Bechtel Telecommunications provides design, engineering, project management, and construction management for a full range of telecommunication systems.

About Ambient Corporation

Ambient Corporation (OTC BB: ABTG) is a publicly traded company incorporated in the United States that operates technology companies, focusing on Powerline Telecommunication (PLT), telephony-related product offerings, Internet and E-Commerce for a variety of exciting new consumer applications, plus a basket of utility related services.


INEEL is a science-based, applied engineering national laboratory dedicated to meeting national environmental, energy, nuclear technology and national security needs. Bechtel BWXT Idaho, LLC, operates INEEL in partnership with the Inland Northwest Research Alliance of seven prominent universities. INEEL is one of the Department of Energy's nine multiprogram national laboratories. Headquartered in Idaho Falls, Idaho, the INEEL lab covers 890 square miles, an area roughly 85 percent the size of Rhode Island. It employs 6,000 people, with some 2,700 scientific, engineering and professional experts.

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