Smart grid lab integrates Subnet technology

Calgary, Alberta, Canada, April 3, 2012 — Subnet Solutions Inc. donated software and engineering time to help build the EnerNex Smart Grid Labs.

The facility was developed to give vendors, utilities and regulatory personnel a place to evaluate smart grid services for communications, security, standards compliance and implementation assistance.

Subnet was selected to supply an integration platform for the substation and distribution devices at SGL to demonstrate multi-vendor interoperability. Subnet‘s vendor agnostic solutions enable EnerNex to demonstrate advancements in unifying smart grid substation device access and security.

EnerNex Smart Grid Labs is currently using Subnet’s PowerSystem Center with My Passwords and My IEDs to provide complete and secure IED access control, password management, as well as My Faults for event file collection.

Subnet’s SubStation Server is also being used as a secure data gateway and for protocol conversion, while SubStation Explorer is found in the testing facility’s system as an HMI for visualization.

The lab’s substation architecture was deployed using the Subnet Unified Grid Intelligence Architecture, which Subnet designed in order to eliminate the expense and inefficiencies of legacy tiered substation architectures. The system includes redundancy, creating a more reliable substation that is affordable and vastly improves the maintainability of the overall solution.

The Subnet Unified Grid Intelligence Architecture enables utilities to configure substations in significantly less time than traditional RTU or other tiered communication processor based architectures.

This architecture enables the consolidation of numerous different legacy device configurations per substation into one consolidated device configuration. Also, Subnet’s advanced configuration capabilities enable configuration automation that leverages the utilities engineering design standards and configuration processes that vastly simplifies and accelerates system configuration.

The lab was opened on February 29, 2012, in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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