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Centralised management of substation IEDs offers significant benefits in terms of secure access to devices, engineering configuration management for proprietary devices, automated fault record management and enterprise information connectivity. In North America the standards for managing the power system grid’s devices is covered by NERC CIP.
Power system device management is a well-established Utility requirement, however, how this is implemented is sometimes limited by utilities having a multi-vendor approach to procurement. Not wanting to have “all of their eggs in one basket”, a robust and sensible approach, leads to a few technology limitations in being able manage all of these eggs.
A Unified Substation Intelligence philosophy is designed to free utilities from locked into vendor specific or proprietary IED technologies and instead offer solutions that provide true, multi-vendor, multi-function and vendor agnostic interoperability.
When assets are uniformly managed, anomalies become glaringly obvious. Suddenly what seemed okay before is no longer acceptable. This occurs because operational inconsistencies become easier to “see”. Better management of assets starts with accurate information, managed by asset class.
Even more important however is that this Unified Grid Intelligence solution enhances the security and data integration capabilities of the utilities install base of IEDs. This allows utilities to maximize the ROI of their IED investments by deferring need for costly IED updates and even more costly IED replacements.
In simple terms, better tools mean better management of existing devices.
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