Is there an issue with the interference from Powerline in hospitals and other sensitive areas?

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Is there an issue with the interference from Powerline in hospitals and other sensitive areas?

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There has been a great deal of debate on the use of PLC (Powerline Communications) and the fact that it gives off frequencies that can interfere with Short Wave Radio.  The nature of Powerline technology that it using Radio Frequency (RF) broadcasts over the mains wires and this RF can leak because mains power cables are typically unshielded cables.

However, with the advent of IEEE1901 (Powerline is now an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers standard) there has been significant progress in mitigating these issues with improvements within the new chips that shift frequency automatically on interference.

The majority of communications has moved away from analogue to digital where this interference is less of issue.

Hospitals in Europe have chosen digital communications. It is only in countries where UHF/VHF signals are still required where the application of Powerline technology would need to be tested to see if it can co-exist or not. 

With the programming of the Powerline Socket, there are a number of settings that can be tuned within the Powerline chipset to reduce the broadcast power and choice of frequencies used which could be considered for specific applications.