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LiveData Utilities: Company History 

 
LiveData Utilities is a new organization within an established entrepreneurial company working hard to make the grid smarter. We have over 100 utility customers using our products to communicate, consolidate, visualize and analyze electrical grid data. Our software products enable grid operators, renewable energy and traditional energy producers, transmission companies, distribution companies, traders, ISOs, RTOS, RTUs and other SCADA devices to effectively communicate with each other.

Founded in 1991, LiveData is headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, directly between MIT and Harvard University. LiveData's founder, Jeffrey Robbins, continues to serve the company as president and chief executive officer.

LiveData was an early developer of real-time integration software, utilizing available object-oriented technology. Initial projects included automobile plant automation applications for General Motors. In 1995, GM Europe utilized LiveData and RFID to track work processes on the floor.

LiveData’s expertise in MMS (Manufacturing Message Specification) led LiveData engineers to take a significant role in the development of ICCP/TASE2 (Inter-Control Center Protocol). ICCPbecame the de facto standard worldwide for communication between control centers in the electric power sector, propelling LiveData's prominence in that industry. LiveData remains a leading supplier of real-time data solutions to utility companies around the world.

In 2004, LiveData developed its newest generation of software and established its leadership in smart integration technology. LiveData RTI Release 5.0, introduced at the CIGRE Exhibition in Paris, builds upon the core LiveData real-time integration architecture, adding real-time application server, executive dashboard, and data historian functionality.

LiveData Utilities continues to develop innovative solutions to meet the growing needs of its electric power customers. In 2007, LiveData’s ICCP Protocol Server for the electric power industry passed the rigorous Idaho National Labs test bed assessment. Working in partnership with the energy sector, the test bed program assesses selected control systems and control system components to identify cyber vulnerabilities.