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Light-weight engineering tool for a generic IEC61850-capable communication module

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000184128D
Original Publication Date: 2009-Jun-25
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2009-Jun-25
Document File: 3 page(s) / 72K

Publishing Venue

Siemens

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Abstract

Objects and service models for substation equipment is specified in the standard IEC 61850 (IEC: International Electrotechnical Commission). Furthermore, the engineering process for Substation Automation Systems (SAS) is defined in the standard. The defined engineering process involves different steps for which the configuration information is stored in different files such as the System Specification Description (SSD), the IED Capability Description (ICD), the Substation Configuration Description (SCD) and the Configured IED Description (CID). However, a generic migration strategy for existing devices is not provided by the engineering concept. To connect simple devices to an IEC 61850 network, the devices are usually connected to gateways. The gateways convert other protocols to the protocol of IEC 61850 and vice versa. Furthermore, the gateways provide a solution for the migration of network devices to new standards and realize the communication to higher levels such as the network control center. Nevertheless, the used gateways are not equipped with an easy built-in configuration tool.

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Light-weight engineering tool for a generic IEC61850-capable communication module

Idee: Kolja Eger, DE-Muenchen; Christoph Gerdes, DE-Muenchen; Gerhard Lang, DE-Berlin;
Dr.Goetz Neumann, DE-Berlin

Objects and service models for substation equipment is specified in the standard IEC 61850 (IEC: International Electrotechnical Commission). Furthermore, the engineering process for Substation Automation Systems (SAS) is defined in the standard. The defined engineering process involves different steps for which the configuration information is stored in different files such as the System Specification Description (SSD), the IED Capability Description (ICD), the Substation Configuration Description (SCD) and the Configured IED Description (CID). However, a generic migration strategy for existing devices is not provided by the engineering concept. To connect simple devices to an IEC 61850 network, the devices are usually connected to gateways. The gateways convert other protocols to the protocol of IEC 61850 and vice versa. Furthermore, the gateways provide a solution for the migration of network devices to new standards and realize the communication to higher levels such as the network control center. Nevertheless, the used gateways are not equipped with an easy built-in configuration tool.

Therefore a novel configuration component is proposed which provides the possibility to read, manipulate, store and activate configuration files such as ICD or CID files. The configuration component consists of server and a client component (see Figure 1). The server runs as a web application on the communication module and the client runs in a web-browser or as a stand-alone client program. To reduce the resource consumption, the manipulations of the configuration file such as change of attributes, removal of objects are performed by the client. Thus, the interface of this application can be designed as a function that provides access to the whole file and stores an updated file in the module storage. In addition, the configuration file is processed to build or to alter the IEC 61850 object model and to change the configuration parameters. Such an implementation can be realized by using for instance Java Script, XML DOM, XSLT and HTML (XML DOM: Extensible Markup Language Document Object Model; XSLT: Extensible Stylesheet Language Transformation; HTML: Hypertext Markup Language). Furthermore, the configuration component supports the mapping between the I/O ports of the generic device and the IEC 61850 objects and attributes. It is proposed to use a simple Graphical User Interface (GUI) in order to support the user during the mapping...