Category: IEC CIM implementation in electrical industry

IEC CIM implementation

Vendor or technology independant data access and exchange without friction which ensures interoperability with the Smart Grid

Whereas years ago electrical equipment operated in "isolated mode", today each piece of equipment has more data on its operation and diagnostics associated with its operation. What was once a utopia to think about telemetering consumption today is a reality. The substation is now integrated and automated. But this implies greater volume of data, greater complexity in the storage and the usage of programs or software that perform specific tasks. It is a reality that we need data immediately for decision making, to assess the status of an asset, to assess the risk due to a failure, obtain performance index, plan the life cycle of an asset or the cost of a certain event. It is logical for each vendor to propose their technology for an element, group of elements or tasks, but this can tie the utilites to their proposal or technology. Today there are data acquisition systems, systems for large-scale data storage, maintenance management and work order generation, there are management systems, EMS, OMS among several others. But interoperability, the difficulty of integration and the time spent to do so is very high and many utilities end up tyed to a certain supplier or technology due to the high cost of changing technology to achieve their integration with other existing systems. Companies in the electricity sector put a lot of effort and resources into data integration, many times you have to work double because what is done for one system does not work for another, access to data becomes slow and its traceability complicated. If we imagine a utility data integretion as a complex task, let's imagine an integrated electrical network system, with independent generators (wind, solar, nuclear, etc), several utilities with their data needs, regulatory agents that need data in a dynamic way and other static data but necessary for studies such as planning, chargeability, investments or others. To solve this, the CIM was developed, which was adopted and integrated into IEC by TC57 (which also has IEC 61850). It can be traced back to the early 2000s but it was in 2009, when entos-e (European Networks Transmission Operators - Electricity) adopted CIM, requiring a common mode of exchange between actors that it gained force. IEC CIM (Common Information Mode) is a set of standards developed for the electrical industry and approved in IEC, independent of technologies and vendors that ensure interoperability with the Smart Grid. Some of the standards that make up this are IEC CIM 61970, 61968, 62325.

At Olguitech, together with Xtensible, we have the expertise to accompany actors in the electricity sector to incorporate the best practices to achieve frictionless data exchange. Integrate an independent vision that ensures the interoperability of systems investing time and resources only once whatever the use to which the data wants to be given in the future.