In April 2020 INFO TECH has released a new version of 61850 SCL Runner toolset with extended simulation capabilities.
The toolset allows to use multiple network adapters with the possibility to assign a selected adapter to each IED before starting its simulation.
It is also possible to drive the simulation from the user defined program - using telnet communication with 61850 SCL Runner tool. Hence there is no need to learn any proprietary script language but just the syntax of few types of commands used over telnet. The installation package includes an example program (in Python) for driving the simulation process.
Welcome to learn the details of the new release of 61850 SCL Runner.
INFO TECH testing and simulation tools for the IEC 61850 standard based communication are already licensed to over 100 companies and research institutions from 5 continents.
In February 2020 the IEC published new documents of the IEC 61850 standard - the new releases of parts 7-2, 7-3, 7-4, 8-1 and 9-2 appeared as Edition 2.1 (part 6 in Edition 2.1 was published already in 2018).
But Edition 2.1 shall not be treated as a new edition of the standard - formally and essentially this is Amendment 1 to Edition 2 (in short Am.1 Ed.2), which supersedes the former publications of the IEC 61850 standard Edition 2.
What comes to conformance testing in accordance with the procedures specified by the UCA International Users Group, please note that the latest published Ed.2 Server Test Procedures (version 2.0.1) and Client Test Procedures (version 1.1.1.) already incorporate a big subset of tissues included in the IEC 61850 Am.1 Ed.2. These test procedures will remain in use (without changes) until Am.1 Ed.2 Test Procedures are prepared and published (which is expected in Q4 2020). As a consequence, please be aware that by mid 2021 the testing of conformance to Edition 2 will finally become exclusively based on the IEC 61850 Am.1 Ed.2.
In March 2020 INFO TECH has already accomplished a detailed analysis of changes and extensions to the IEC 61850 standard brought by the published Am.1 Ed.2. Thus, we can assure that already in this year we will be able to support our customers-licensees with the updated source code of INFO TECH IEC61850 Software Library and with the updated toolsets for communication testing and simulation.
If one wonders whether Edition 2.1 is backward compatible with the former Edition 2 - the answer is the same as before with Edition 2 following Edition 1 of the IEC 61850 standard: unfortunately not in some still essential elements ...
Quoting Seneca: "Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity".
During the year 2019 INFO TECH gained 3 new customers licensing our IEC 61850 source code library. In this way the number of companies and institutions utilizing our IEC 61850 software solutions in their products has reached 40! And the best references for our software and development services are already 30 IEC 61850 conformance certificates granted to the products of our customers-licensees by the UCA IUG.
Our major development service effort in 2019 was dedicated to support extension of our customers' products from conformance to Edition 1 to conformance to Edition 2 of the IEC 61850 standard. And in 2020 we are ready to provide our services also to assure the conformance to so-called Edition 2.1 (officially: Amendment 1 to Edition 2).
Responding to market request, during 2019 we also provided as many as 8 hands-on training courses dedicated to the IEC 61850 communication: 4 sessions in Poland and 4 sessions abroad. The interest in our know-how and experience in this area has never before been so high. The training activities were accompanied with the increased sales of the licenses to our testing and simulation toolsets: 61850 Avenue and 61850 SCL Runner.
We can just sing together with our customers ♪♪♪...
IEC 61850 communication training
Time: October 22-24, 2019
Venue: National Taiwan University of Science and Technology Organizer: National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Department of Electrical Engineering
Co-organizer: INFO TECH
Our IEC 16850 training course collected the following ratings in the evaluation scale from 0 (lowest) to 5 (highest):
Training material rated 4.4
Competence of instructors rated 4.8
Significance to participant's work rated 3.9
Novelty of acquired information rated 3.8
General evaluation of the training rated 4.6
The participants especially underlined the value of hands-on exercises with INFO TECH testing and simulations tools as well as the possibility to learn communication analysis on the frame level using Infoshark program. Infoshark freeware program is an extended version of WireShark protocol analyzer with an advanced IEC 61850 message interpreter added by INFO TECH.
We would like to express special thanks to the host of our training, the Head of Department of Electrical Engineering of National Taiwan University of Science and Technology.
INFO TECH signed a partnership agreement with RiverRay Inc. company from Taipei in Taiwan.
RiverRay recognizes INFO TECH competence in providing the source code library based implementations of the IEC 61850 communication in the intelligent devices and systems of power grid, proven by numerous customer references and the published list of the UCA IUG conformance certificates.
INFO TECH recognizes RiverRay competence in the area of smart grid applications, excellent references in the deployment of innovative solutions and their capability to conduct the market research in East Asia and ASEAN.
Both companies foresee East Asia and ASEAN region as leading the deployment of smart grid applications and henceforth join their strengths to proceed with marketing, sales and deployment of IEC 61850 based solutions.
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