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 ...

Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in case of aiming to be a front-runner in your products and systems adaptation to the latest version of the IEC 61850 standard - we will help you to leave your competitors behind.

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.  


Dr Wojciech E. Kozlowski was invited to give an approx. 2-hour keynote speech at the 2019 IEC 61850 Workshop organized on July 23, 2019 in Taipei by Chung Yuan Christian University, with co-organizers including Taiwan Power Company (TPC) and Taiwan Smart Grid Industry Association (TSGIA).

The goal of the Workshop was to support rapid introduction of the IEC 61850 standard and promotion of smart grid industry development. The event gethered about 100 specialists of electrical, electronic and software engineering from the industry and academia.

INFO TECH presentation was entitled "All we want from the IEC 61850 standard: comprehensive for users, well supported for product vendors."

The key topics of this presentation were:

  • IEC 61850 - the globally accepted standard for communication in power utility systems as yet another face of Internet times
  • IEC 61850 basics - explained to be tentatively comprehended in no more than 30 minutes
  • Testing and diagnosing IEC 61850 communication
  • Simulation of systems based on standardized description language
  • How to support Taiwanese companies in fast development of their own IEC 61850 conformant products
    • Is IEC 61850 a business case?
    • IEC 61850 deployment in products - why a mature source code library is a cornerstone




We would like to express special thanks to Professor Shi Lin Chen from Department of Electrical Engineering, Chung Yuan Christian University in Taoyuan, for the invitation and opportunity to contribute to this Workshop. 

And our thanks are also due to over 100 representatives of Taiwanese companies, universities and government agencies for attending our speech at the 2019 IEC 61850 Workshop and for the opportunity to discuss the possible deployment scenarios for products and to establish direct contacts for future co-operation. The workshop was indeed followed by business meetings with 5 companies.


One of our co-operation plans was concluded by a traditional Chinese dinner in the interiors of ancient Rome - confirming that both of our cultural roots rely on the principle "pacta sund servanda".

And obviously the new chapter of INFO TECH history will be written in Chinese (traditional) - it is time to practice it.