Atlanta, July 21, 2009 — GE Energy and Subnet Solutions Inc., are collaborating to help improve cyber security across a smarter grid, which is inherently more open as it marries information and automation technologies with our current electrical infrastructure. Smart grid technologies deliver greater productivity and efficiencies, optimize renewable energy sources and empower consumers to manage energy usage and save money.
Many smart grid experts agree on an open, standardized foundation for networking North America’s next great infrastructure — the smart grid. The adoption of open technology standards has served as a catalyst for innovation, helping build remarkably interoperable foundations that drive the economy, ranging from the familiar electricity socket to the transformative information superhighway that is the internet.
Because the potential for cyber attack on the grid increases as the network becomes increasingly automated and open, GE and Subnet have collaborated on a solution enabling streamlined information access, while overcoming the security challenges inherent in open systems.
Subnet ‘s software seamlessly integrates with GE’s proven D400 (1) workstation for a new substation gateway product-the D400-S (1)-to deliver a unified and intelligent architecture with the ability to evolve as customers’ needs grow. The D400-S is compliant with NERC-CIP standards, CIP-002 through CIP-009, which provide a cyber security framework for the identification and protection of critical cyber assets to support reliable operation of the bulk electric system.
GE’s D400 solution is a secure, substation-hardened gateway that collects metering, status, event and fault report data from serial or LAN-based intelligent electronic devices.