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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

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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.